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.
Here is a recent piece I mailed to Richard C. (Illinois). I couldn't resist making something from this recycled pop-tart box.
In the last quarter of 2019 I submitted a postcard for another mail art call - 'Train No. 1.' The Museum of the Railroad History at Alexandrov, Russia (via Eduard Egorov) extended the invitation for participation in the project. This mail art project is "dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the first passenger-train arrival on the 1st of January 1870." Close to 100 participants responded to the call. Entries for this exhibition can be found on the project's blog.
I enjoyed working on my postcard, which was mailed on October 15. My entry is exhibited on the project's blog HERE.
In October 2019 I submitted a postcard to Mick Boyle for his online mail art show, 'Ray Johnson Double Add and Return.'
This is the original download for the 'Ray Johnson Double Add and Return.' I used the top portion of the download to make my postcard.
My postcard is exhibited on Mick Boyle's website HERE.
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:
Recently over at IUOMA-ning, Mary Anne (United Kingdom) has renewed the Yoko Ono Artistamp project. The project commenced a couple of years ago, but got put aside when Mary Anne had to take some time away from mail art.
I decided to throw my hat into the ring, and I made a two-by-two artistamp set. My stamp set features younger Yoko and older Yoko, and is titled "Yoko Ono: All Grown Up."
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.
Mail from November 2018:
Amy Candiotti is a fellow member of the Decos group at IUOMA-ning. I received mail from her in late 2018 which included the "What Makes You Happy Deco" (started by Bonniediva).
Upon completing my page, the Deco was forwarded to another member of the group. The map envelope is handmade from an atlas page. I love the vintage image of the beret-wearing gal!
Many thanks to Amy!
Read my post on Decos here.
Last June I joined the newly formed Decos - Do you miss them? group on IUOMA-ning. Bonniediva, a fellow Networker and talented mail artist, created the group. I had never heard of Decos, but the concept seemed interesting. I've since participated in a bunch of them.
So what is a Deco?
In snail mail circles, friendship books are a popular way to learn about people, and a terrific way to get new penpals. They are usually very basic, not-so-fancy books.
Jayne Barket Lyons, Mail Artist and Collector of Stuff.