Do you love art, school and office supplies? Well, today's inside peek is all about putting together a "Mail Art Kit" that was so fun and reminiscent of getting fresh school supplies I had a blast doing it!
"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. Mail artists often use inexpensive and recycled materials including postcards, collage, rubber stamps, and photocopied images. Mail art is a truly international activity and a fun way to connect with people in every corner of the globe. Readers will learn to create decorated and illustrated envelopes, faux postage and artistamps, find penpals, make a mail art kit, and much more!
Jennie Hinchcliff has been an active part of international mail art circles and communities for over a decade, has curated San Francisco mail art shows, and produces the quarterly mail art zine Red Letter Day. She teaches book arts and bookbinding at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Carolee Gilligan Wheeler teaches popular classes on bookbinding at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Click on the images to read how to put together a mail art to-go kit and all the things that you might want to have with you.
Here is what I came up with:
The container for my supplies:
I had a Creative Options Craft Notebook that was made for just such a purpose. Up until this point I hadn't filled it with goodies because I really wasn't crafting on the go beyond knitting or cross stitch, but now I will be!
Following the lists in Good Mail Day I packed this great little craft travel organizer full.
All the little zip pockets and elastic sections were so fun to fill as I went down the list.
Now on to my first piece of mail art.
I needed to ship some books to a friend and always wanting to recycle envelopes I had a bubble pack envelope that was a great size but was covered in all the old address and shipping info to me so I needed to cover it up. I cut basic rectangles that were the same size as the ones I needed to cover out of sticker paper.
Then I went to town stamping and embellishing. I can't wait to hear how the receiver likes it!
What's the best piece of mail art you have received?
As a thanks for answering you will be entered to win a free book!