Friday, February 21, 2014

Self-Inking Rubber Stamp Bonanza

Since the wonderful donation from the wonderful Kat Lamp, I haven’t been looking for as many magazines at thrift stores. Haven’t even bothered to thumb through gigantic piles just to find that one old Life, or Better Homes and Gardens. The coffers are full and I’m enjoying ripping things out of forty year old magazines without worry for running out. But today, I went to the Habitat for Humanity in Lexington and found a whole collection of old office supplies. Finding these sorts of items outside of The Scrap Exchange in Durham is very rare. Even better is that all of these items cost less than fifteen dollars. I would have paid that much just for the self-inking stamps and been happy about it. The guy behind the counter, who seemed to recognize me, even let me know that his store his small art shows for local artists. I doubt anyone would be interested in my silliness but it’s great to see folks making an effort in my small hometown.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Year Postcards Landing in South Korea, Finland, Minnesota

A lot of kind folks have been posting images of my New Year cards. I’ve sent forty of them by now and here’s seven. I need to make another batch this weekend to stay ahead of the days. I don’t think I could ever do the Mail Art 365 thing, a card a day, but I can get pretty close to it. My mail art making comes in ebbs and flows. Sometimes I’m making a lot of mail art which generally means I’m not making a lot of “music,” or doing a lot of writing.
At this exact point my focus has started to shift to my zines nearly a month after I promised they would be done. The friend’s zine, Sad Jokes No. 8 has been finished for some time, but my personal zine, the one I did for November, took a lot longer to proofread than I had originally hoped. All together that thing ended up being almost 30,000 words, which didn’t hit the 50,000 goal but was a good effort for typing for just one month. I think it’s the funniest of all my zines if not the most chaotic since there’s no theme or goal other than to write. I’ll post more about the zines later. I have to mail them to the participants before I offer them to a less than interested general public.

Trashy Collages At Aperture Cinema

When I started making mail-art I started slow. I made a few pieces, mailed them, and then made a few more. It took me years before I made ...