April 26, 2020: Mail art arrived from my Twin Cities neighbor, Allison Anne - an accomplished collagist and mixed media artist. It is the first ever piece I received from them.
The art piece I received is a cardboard collage card. This 'trashpo' work measures at approximately 6 3/4" x 5 1/4". The postcard is made entirely of layered cardboard scraps.
The back of the postcard is made up of larger pieces of cardboard. A mailing address label has been made from an envelope scrap.
Incoming mail: A HANDMADE “MAIL ART” RUBBER STAMP from master stamp carver (and to think he lives in CARVER County Minnesota), Adam Roussopoulos.
I’m looking forward to using the stamp on all my outgoing mail. Love it!
Minneapolis Gnome recently sent me an envelope full of nine issues of his publication, "Another Crappy Mini Zine." This is the first ever mail from Gnome, and I will say that he has certainly WOWED me!
Eight issues of "Another Crappy Mini Zine" are eight pages long, and printed on one piece of printer paper. One issue (#2, 2014) is 16 pages in length.
(to make your own eight page zine, see diagram at right)
The issues I received are printed on either pink or white paper. Six are from 2014, and the other three are dated 2015, 2016 and 2019.
(Originally posted on my blog at IUOMA, June 14, 2019)
I received a surprise in my post office box on June 13, 2019. Oh, wow...a chocolate covered pretzel! Two of my favorite things, pretzels and chocolate!!
But no, it wasn't a chocolate pretzel! It turned out to be a gag gift - fake doggy poop! Sent to me by Grigori (Antonin, I assume) from Minneapolis!
Amy Irwen, IUOMA (Rosemount MN) always sends awesome mail!
As a mixed media artist, Amy is one to reuse / repurpose materials. Both the addressed envelope (inside not shown) and the rubber stamped decorative envelope were made from security envelopes. It looks like the ATC was made from part of a tissue box and bits of scrappy paper.
Thanks for the mail, Amy! Love it!
In November 2018 I received an envelope from Grigori Antonin, a fellow Minnesotan. As I was not familiar with him, I did a quick search on IUOMA-ning. I discovered that Grigori is not a current member there, however I found a number of posts referencing him and his work. Looks like he is a longtime Networker.
I received the following:
Mail from August 2018:
This collage piece by Amy Irwen truly showcases her talent as a mixed media artist.
On the backside (not shown here), Amy states that the piece is a ‘“P.C. Collage w/ 3D Elements: Paper - Fiber - Machine Sewn - Typewriter Board Keys - Chipboard.”
I’m sure Amy won’t mind me sharing that we are mail art friends AND ‘real life’ pals. We live within ten miles of each other, and it has been a blast to get together! She is the cream of the crop!
Love this piece! Thanks, Amy!!
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.