I recently started a mail art project called "CowParade: Mail-Art Style." The project came about when I started to make 4' x 6' collages using cow images sourced from a thrifted book, CowParade New York, by Thomas Craughwell (2000).
I ended up making twelve cow collages, and I sent them to mail artists who are active in 'mail art cow groups' on either IUOMA.ning or Facebook. Along with a collage, each recipient has been given a cow image cut from the same book. I have asked them to create a piece of cow art to sent back to me.
In November I made 15 mixed media tags to send to fellow mail artists. It took a few weeks to complete the series, and I mailed out the first batch on November 26. The remaining tags were dropped in the mail box this afternoon.
To achieve the look of these cards, I did the following:
The tags were mail to the following mail artists:
I'm always game for trying something new, so I recently made a sheet of artistamps. Artistamps are faux postage stamps - artist created stamps, which are often made for decorating mail art or for trading with other artists.
I used a vintage photo from my personal collection for the stamp image. The photo features a woman outdoors; wearing a newsboy cap and sitting with her stocking legs exposed. A cigarette hangs from her mouth.
I decided that VINTAGE BADASS was an appropriate title for the stamp - 56 cents denomination, Issued by Barkie Post. (Why Barkie? My maiden name, which became my official middle name after marriage is BARKET. Close friends call me Bark or Barkie).
A total of 15 stamp sheets were made for this limited series.
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.