Monday, January 28, 2013
I have made and sent out two zines. One zine was about my trip to China and the other about Misty and I’s trip out west. They’re nothing great, just an account of what happened, some thoughts, some feelings. They’re quite predictable travelogues, but that’s the idea. I wrote them because I could. I ended up sending forty or fifty zines to people all over the globe, not to mention sending them to friends and family. I doubt most people read the thing, but I heard some nice things from a few people, most of them half-way across the world. Of close friends and family I think three people made their whole way through the whole thing. It’s just part of it, you make the thing to make the thing, not expecting anyone to care about what you made or even pay attention to it…read it, or look at it past a couple minutes. I sent both zines to a zine maker in New York and he had the following to say in his own zine. I think it’s a good review? I guess he read it, so that’s something. Anyway, it’s nice that someone took the time to comment on something I spent a lot of time working with. I thank him for it.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I sent this to Dean Marks in France. While I was looking at the scan he made and posted through the IUOMA site, I was struck by a few things. First off, I really like colored tape. I spend so much time looking for strange tape, strong tape, and odd sized tape, that it’s kind of an obsession. It’s all the tape a wise man once said. Secondly, I like my source material to deal with the body. I consistently buy textbooks about anatomy, especially old textbooks where all of the images are drawn. Real pictures just don’t fit my palate; I like old images, images on cheap paper that rip very easily. Old paper always produces the best dissolves between images and gives the effect I really enjoy. So yeah, this is a card that I think best exemplifies what I like to make.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
When I started making mail art, I decided to keep somewhat detailed notes about what arrived in my mailbox and what I sent out. I did this from day one. In my notebook I would write down the artist’s name, and beside their name I would keep a tally of the amount they sent to me, and how much I sent to them. This way, I kept a one to one balance. There’s one person out there that I cannot possibly catch up with, damn Buckeyes! Overall, I was even with each sender or maybe a couple up. When I got three or four pieces up on someone I usually stopped sending, expecting that they’d gotten out of the game, or weren’t interested in sending to me anymore. I would much rather spread the work around to those that seemingly want it than to people who see my items as a complete nuisance.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Whenever something pops up related to mail-art or bigger pieces or commissions or whatever, I almost always say yes. In the past this ha...
Before I went to Europe I sent out a couple feelers to people about mail-art events, or simple meet ups. It was a desperate plea, one that d...
Out of the blue I got a message or piece of mail art (I cannot remember) asking if I’d be interested in a task. I love tasks! The task invol...