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Art of Conversation

University Press - Sep 29, 2016
The sending of mail art, or small works of art crafted with the intention of being sent via the postal system, began in the 1950s as a response to rising prices in American art following the success of Abstract Expressionism, Laura Dunkin-Hubby, one of ...

JILL BUTLER: Autumn in Paris is ooh la la for Essex artist

Shoreline Times - Oct 18, 2016
And not to be rude — for the friend with whom I most often stay — I've just mailed Monique a piece of mail art telling her I'm on my way. I never knew so many piles of paper and file cards, art supplies and an “overwhelm” of ideas, could make me so ...

How Drawing Became Ida Applebroog's Means to Communicate with the Outside World

Hyperallergic - Oct 14, 2016
At the time, mail art was becoming a useful way to share work, and the unsettling nature of Applebroog's books — obtuse but disturbing phrases like “NOBODY EVER DIES OF IT,” images of men and women, frozen in the middle of vague scenarios ...

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Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art

by: Jennie Hinchcliff, Carolee Gilligan Wheeler

“What is a good mail day?” A good mail day is a day when, instead of just bills, catalogs, and advertisements, your postal carrier delivers artful, beautiful, personal mail from friends and acquaintances all over the world. Mail art is a collaborative art form with a long and fascinating history populated by famous artists as well as everyday practitioners. The term “mail art” refers to pieces of art sent through the mail rather than displayed or sold in traditional venues.
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Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists

by: Lynne Perrella
Mixed media techniques have come to forefront again, with artists in every field combining materials and effects to create journals, altered art, collage pieces, memory art and more. With all the creative experiementation developing at such a fast pace, it is pertinent to know how various techniques and combinations work and whether they are right for your latest project. Alphabetica illuminates new techniques through detailed visuals and rich, explanatory text. From cover to cover, readers absorb the specialties of each contributing artist, such as Judi Riesch's use of vintage photographs, and Lesley Riley's sophisticated fabric transfers, and are able to get an "over the shoulder" glance at how these artists work.
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Label 228: A Street Art Project

Label 228 is a gathering of street art executed on priority mail labels (Label 228, in official parlance) and displayed in public spaces. It’s a remarkably prevalent method of exposure featured by graffiti artists worldwide. These labels are free, portable, and quick and easy to exhibit, offering artists the chance to spend more time creating their work than if they were to paint and write directly on walls, vehicles, and public objects.

camden noir launched his Label 228 project by putting out a call to artists, asking them to send him their artwork or anything, for that matter, on priority mail labels.
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Small Scale Subversion: Mail Art & Artistamps

by: John Held Jr.
Although increasingly appreciated in fine art and stamp collecting circles, artist postage stamps, or artistamps, are more likely to be traded between the people who create them than they are to be exhibited in commercial art galleries or read about in philatelic journals. Artistamps are part and parcel of the grassroots network known as Mail Art, an alternative art of creative long-distance communication that intuited the demand for cross-cultural exchange long before the Internet. Although seemingly rigid, the postage stamp format allows flexible approaches in painting, watercolor, offset, photography, photocopy, rubber-stamping, engraving, digitization and sculpture.
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Mail Art - Watercolor Envelope & How to Protect it in the Mail

Creating a watercolor envelope, plus how to waterproof it. Blog post and links: http://kwdesign.at/1I0qdR6 Nichol's YouTube Channel: ...

Mail Art Postcards - Heart Journaling Video #8

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Dots & Gold Brush Lettering Envelope - Mail Art

Decorating and addressing an envelope with dots and gold brush lettering. Blog post with links: http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/?p=14489 Videos featured ...

Gelli Printing Mail art

Let's grab those gelli prints ad make some mail art!! Don't forget to GO!!! Grab that beautiful Fabric Washi at www.littlebirdiewashi.etsy.com use coupon code ...

Mixed Media Mail Art Postcard

This tutorial will walk you through how to create the background and basic elements for 8 postcards. Once the basics are done, you can customize each postcard ...