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Here's How It's Done - 1...2...3!

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Sent to Italy and Japan

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A Summer Mail Art Zine

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It wasn’t two weeks ago when I decided to put together a zine for the summer. It was a quick thought, a whim at best. Since I’m not doing any extensive traveling this summer I decided to do a lot of work. Lots of classes and lots of projects. Not only am I doing the mail art zine but I’m going to do one with movies, watching one from each year starting in 1925 and ending…later. For the mail art zine I solicited some help from the network, made a layout for the thing, then mailed them out to those that said they wanted one. The whole process took maybe a week from conceptualization to dropping them in the mail. One of the people in Ireland just wrote me to say he had received his “golden ticket” as I called them. The world really is a magical place.Above are both the front and the back of the card. I went with a red and black theme, can you tell? I couldn’t resist using a stamp with my face on it. Here is the instructions card made with government paper and ink. I wanted this to be…

Sent to Montana

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Only every once in a while will I do one of those “add and pass” items, or an all call. I never know what to do with add and pass and all calls generally have too many rules. If I send to an all call it has to be an open submission type. I don’t get these ridiculous themed all calls like your artwork needs to be two inches by two inches, it has to be purple, and you have to send it from the Bahamas. If there are no rules and no theme, I almost always send something, if I actually see it out there-they seem to be somewhat rare.No idea where I saw this one, but I liked the idea. I’m into states. Basically you fill in Montana with something. I went with a tape collage, a short story, and a smart-ass response. The smart ass response is obvious where I fit North Carolina into Montana. I thought it was funny, but I could see where someone would get a little annoyed. I’m a big NC guy, I rep my set, so I thought I needed to do that even when participating in a mail art event in one of our lea…

NOSTRILS Comment Cards

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When I did the first Nostrils record I put a postcard into the packaging. On the back of the card I wrote something like “Send Song Comments.” For all of the American Nostrils comment postcards I made sure to include a stamp. I figured no one would actually return the free thing that I spent a lot of time on, if they had to play 29 cents for a stamp. Even with sending the card pre-stamped, I only received 13 back. I mailed out or gave out or dropped in a mailbox, 50 CD’s each with a card inside. Somehow I have forgotten to post the images of all the comment postcards I sent out. Here are all of those cards. Also, I’m doing this again for the next record.

Sent to Belgium, France, South Korea, and Iowa

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From Carina Granlund (Finland)

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I feel compelled to post everything that Carina sends me. Her work is just amazing. The colors are great, the variety of her work is staggering, and it all has a “worked” aesthetic. Often mail artists will send things that took little time, and that’s completely ok…often great. I don’t feel that’s Carina’s way. In her work I can imagine her stepping back from the workbench, looking at the items, put something down or erase something…coming back to it over and over again. Everything she sends feels like there’s a process, a real artist at work, someone who knows what they’re doing who carefully examines their creations.

Bigger Thangs

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Sometime last week I realized that I’d been sending out way too much mail-art. I guess that’s not a real thing, but I wasn’t getting much back, and when this happens I decide to work on other things. I’ve sent well over one hundred things this year, and it’s only the beginning of April. It feels like I’m trying to stay ahead of the days, and do the Mail 365 thing without really trying. If that’s the case, I don’t have to send out any small cards until the middle of April. So yeah, I decided to go away from the smaller items and work with the larger. Initially I started doing this with the intentions of showing them to some people, not to mail them. I’ve heard three different groups of people promise a show or something like that, but none of them has come through. At this point I have around twelve or fifteen items collected in a folder. They’re just sitting there, waiting…waiting for something to happen. Actually it doesn’t really matter if anything happens because they’re the only …

Mail Art Music / A New Nostrils EP

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I’m not exactly sure if this counts as mail art or not? I mailed the work…so I guess it does count. What we have here is an EP by my “band,” Nostrils. It’s basically a way for me to put together sound and act like a musician, a musician without any technical knowledge about music. I can’t tell one not from the other and I don’t know a single chord on any instrument. I approach making music like I approach mail-art, as an outsider interested in making my noise and nothing else. Punk roc, fuck it, DIY, sort of thing!!! All of the songs that I write are supposed to be silly, or at least the ones I put out to the public. Every song is a one-liner improvised. Never once have I written any lyrics down, I just go for it. When I do the tape and rip method, I go for a similar aesthetic-rarely is there a plan. For the songs, I do write down some ideas, maybe a word or two, but the preparation is minimal. I guess this is like my constant hunt for odd images to make my collages from? One person…

Sent to xx Jones (Austria)

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The lovely Austrian mail-artist xx Jones must have seen Susanna’s post where she placed something I sent her on a shelf and took a picture, and did the same. xx and I bonded over a bit of honest sincerity, at which point she asked me if I’d like to see a similar thing happen. She took a picture of the card I’d sent to her Austrian home. Just writing that is fun for me….I can’t get over that excited feeling of mail-art. The idea of making something and mailing across the world and someone actually happy to receive it-I’ve written this down many times before, but it still hasn’t properly sunken in. This image is proof that these things really do travel around the world and for less than a twenty ounce soft drink. Thanks for posting xx!