Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Arts and Collage in the Mail

I have received some really fabulous examples of book arts, collage, and mail art over the past few months, and I have been saving up all the awesomeness to share with you at once.

First, I had the great good fortune to receive a hand-made book from Karen at I Am Rushmore.  Wow, what a tremendous giveaway to win!
Is this a work of art, or what?!
If you would like to check out Karen's other books (they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles!), check out all ten of the books she gave away here.

I have received some fun and fabulous mail art from Pamela of Cappuccino and Art Journal.
I am always assured of eye candy when something from Pamela shows up in my mailbox.  She even created a lovely little mail-art themed notebook (bottom right in the photo above)!

My mother and I are continuing to exchange mail art, as well.  She sent me this bright orange and fruit themed missive:
We had seen some super-cool dried fruit jewelry at the Clover Market when she was visiting, and she wanted to show me some other examples of similar jewelry she had run across in a catalog.  We thought the fruit we saw at the market looked much more colorful and lovely, though I had a hard time getting a good shot of it in the sunshine:
Finally, I have received a treasure trove of art from Karenann in the mail over the past several months.  Please take time to study these awesome collages; looking at her work is just as good, or even better, than any of the books about collage or mail art that I have had the pleasure to read.
Mini-zines:  Covers
Mini-zines:  One set of inside pages
Mini-zines:  Back covers
Pocket booklet with tag art
Another view of the pocket booklet with tag inserts
Amazing artwork, isn't it?

It is such a pleasure to build these online and in-the-mailbox friendships, and to share our art and interests across the miles.  I am developing such a delightful collection of artwork from these relationships, and would like to find ways to display the pieces, both to give them the respect they deserve and to be able to enjoy them as I go about my own creative pursuits.

How do you collect and display all the wonderful things that make their way to your mailbox??


Karenann Young said...

You have a wonderful collection of art!!! I'm lucky to have cork boards on my walls so I can put everything up, or if I have too much, I can take some down, put up new stuff and in a few months put up the stuff I took down at first! Like a roaming gallery! So many great ideas!!!

Mary Has Sound said...

The fact that fruit slice earrings are the thing that are jumping out the most to me in a post all about mail art and zines means that I really want those earrings. Haha. I'm so excited that you won that giveaway. It looks wonderful.

Bad Jones Rising said...

The tag inserts are awesome. and Karen's book is just waiting to be drawn on! I love this. I want to post my mail art but you have the right idea. Wait until it all arrives and it will be a smorgasbord of snail mail!

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Oooohhhh I love everything -- and thank you for including me! I want to trade mail with Karenann now....I already know the lovely Miss Rushmore! Don't you just love trading mail?

laurie said...

i hang most of the mail art i receive up in the room i call my studio but it is looking pretty full! i will have to think up some new ways to store these soon. your posts always get my mind filling up with all kinds of ideas!

pooky said...

Wow....what treasures you have!! I have never done the mail art thing, but I sure would like to try!

Frances Traina said...

Wow! that book from Karen is amazing! All the things you have received are awesome:))) lucky you! enjoy!!

April Cole said...

Fantastic artwork... WOW!!
Very inspiring, Andria.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Mail art is such a treasure to give and receive. :]

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