Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Another Scrap Exchange Visit (Durham NC)

Not much to say here, except this is my most recent haul from the wonderful Scrap Exchange in Durham. I try and go there as many times as I possibly can. Although this is the haul, I normally buy the same things, weird pictures, media cases, and a lot of stickers. The stickers I love since most of them are completely strange and devoid from any proper context. I use them for nametags, color on pieces of mail art, or anything I can think of. In the pile are a couple boxes of medical stickers labeled “Check Wednesday” and “Check Thursday.” I’m going to use these to keep my summer movie marathon zines together. Other things from this haul has already started to move around the world.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

John Rivera / Ray Johnson / Jon Foster Collaboration

At some point I got interested in making buttons. Two things, I don’t actually make the buttons, I do little to create them, I basically pay for someone to make them for me. So I guess I got interested in the whole button thing as soon as my friend posted online that he was making them. This makes my second order with the lovely John Rivera, record mogul, and button maker.
The first round of buttons was just an image of my face and the infamous Michael Magdalino Winston Salem design. The newest design was supposed to be just the Ray Johnson bunny, but John decided to spice things up a bit. He used some paper he had lying around and made 50 completely different buttons. They look amazing, they look great, I like them. Just now I’ve started to move them around the world, or the contiguous United States. I sent out five small packages with two of them buttons inside. When I finally finish all of the summer activities I’ll add these to packages sent to the mail art crew.

Monday, June 17, 2013

To Michael Orr (Georgia) and Back Again

So this was a big surprise. Last week I sent out five small packages filled with some things, namely a couple of buttons. I figured that I should send more than just the buttons, so I tossed in some weird cards, stickers, and general paper ephemera. One of the recipients took what I sent and then turned it in to a new composition. Even better, I never asked him to do this, he took my junk and made it into something interesting and that’s awesome. Here’s the before and after from the lovely Michael Orr in Georgia.

Thoughts on the Summer Makings Process

I’ve been productive this summer. Normally I wake up around eight o’clock and put on the coffee. I watch twenty minutes of online videos,...