CORRESPONDENCE | An International Mail Art Exhibition
Found this in my inbox this morning - sharing for anybody reading along who might be interested.
The Crossing Arts Alliance presents its upcoming exhibition, “CORRESPONDENCE”, an international mail art exhibition, and invites artists from all over the world to participate. This exhibition is open to everyone, all ages and skill levels, and has an open theme, allowing artists to express their creativity and ideas to the fullest extent. This exhibition will be on display in the Q Gallery, in the Franklin Arts Center.
DEADLINE - November 12, 2014 (All Mail Art submissions must arrive by this date)
EXHIBITION - November 21 - December 19, 2014
The Following Are All Accepted Mail Art Submission Formats -
- Artwork created on a heavy card stock paper, in the size of a standard postcard - 4 x 6 or 5 x 7
- Artwork in any size, that can be folded down or slid to fit into an envelope of any size.
- Artwork/Objects/3D forms of any kind that can be sent through the mail unwrapped with a label and postage attached to the item.
- All mediums will be accepted (mixed media/collage, painting, drawing, text/poetry, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculptural objects, etc.)
- Artists are encouraged to use the envelope or various packaging as an art surface for design and creativity, either on its own or in addition to the artwork that is inside it.
- Unlimited entries (Artists are encouraged to send as many mail art pieces as they would like.)
- NO ENTRY FEE, NO JURY, NO RETURNS
- ALL SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH THE MAIL WILL BE EXHIBITED
Please include your NAME, ADDRESS/COUNTRY, and EMAIL on the back of your artwork.
SEND MAIL ART TO
1001 Kingwood St, Suite 226
Brainerd, MN 56401
This past week wasn’t a very good one for mail art. Well, for sending mail art that is. My stamp order from last Friday is still listed as “processing” so I haven’t been able to send out anything and don’t know when I will be able to send out anything. Sigh. Later that day: stamps are here! 😜
The last couple of evenings I’ve been trying to get through my stack of cast-off ATC backgrounds. It’s a pile that has been building for awhile now - extras from master boards, new technique/medium experiments and backgrounds that just didn’t work at the time. These two Frida cards were actually done on backgrounds made by another artist that I received in a trade.
Keeping the Fun Mail Going
I’ve been making more of a conscious effort lately to try and send out a variety of happy mail to my ongoing mail pals. It helps keep things interesting when you’re not a big chatter/writer like me. It can be a downer for both parties when you get into a kind of monotonous formula of sending pretty much the same thing over and over again. Here’s a little list of tips/ideas for keeping your mail interesting that don’t cost much more than postage and a little of your time/resourcefulness…
- send a new sticker sheet, still in its package. Add the address label and postage right to the packaging and mail it.
- send a book as-is - maybe a thin, paper-back picture book on a subject your pal likes. Simply tape up the open sides and apply the address label+postage to the cover.
- make a kit for a project your pal can make. ATC kits are a personal fave - it doesn’t take much to make and you can tuck the stuff inside a trading card sleeve.
- make a “loose collage” by arranging some cut-outs and snap a pic of it. Send the same cut-outs to your pal to see what they make. It’ll be fun comparing what you both came up with.
- make your own stationery by printing personal images on to paper - interesting old family photos, old school pictures, things you collect. Create a document in a word processing program and insert an image or two, leaving enough blank space for you to write your letter.
- make/send something in a new or unusual way - some things I’ve tried myself: create a packing tape collage postcard, re-use clear cellophane packages as envelopes, turn your letter or artwork into a self-mailer.
- cut up a large piece of art into postcard-sized pieces and mail them individually to your pal. When they receive all the pieces, they can puzzle them back together again.
- cut out or print the letters or words of a short quote or lyric. Send the pieces to your pal loose in an envelope with a hint (maybe in a clear envelope as mentioned above?) and let them unscramble the message.
I should definitely probably sign up for this.
ETA: signed up!