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From Richard Canard (IL)

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I never know what to do with Add and Pass projects. I look at them and can’t figure out how to put myself in there in a constructive way. Normally these projects end up as a big mess. Sometimes I come up with something and other times I move them on or put them in one of my big plastic bins. Since I’m not good at them, I’ve decided to do smaller more personal add and pass things. I’m calling these add and returns like most people do. I’m simply sending templates to specific people and then having each person to mail them back to me directly. None of this attempt at moving it around the world thing, those normally live on peoples’ desks for years and years. One of these projects is the NC project. Basically I put some paint on a large card, cut a North Carolina sticker to expose its guts, and then mailed three or four to NC folks. This is the one that I’ve gotten back and it’s from Richard Canard in Illinois. Richard is originally from NC. What I like about this card is that it feels…

Thursday May 22nd 2014

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The only thing I had planned today was to “make stuff.” There was no plan of what stuff to make, just to make it. That’s pretty much what I’ve done, card after card. After five hours of ripping I’m done. All of the images here were done out of student work, either things I’ve found at school or silly assignments my students have done. It’s a nice and cathartic way to end the semester. Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Everything

Sent Out And Landed

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I'm Making Mail Art Packages

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I looked around at all of my mail art supplies and realized something, I have way too much stuff. What tipped me off was another mail-artist sent me a giant box of stuff with a note that read, “I have way too much stuff.” Everything in that box was filled with great stuff, and a lot of rubber stamps. It only seemed right to return the favor to other folks, so instead of throwing things out, I decided to mail them, not to other mail-artists, but to folks who don’t create mail art. So that’s what I’m doing, I’m making these packages of stickers, envelopes, weird images, and old magazines and sending them out. The different sizes of packages is quite easy to explain. When initially put the feelers out there to see if anyone was interested in such things, only two folks who I regularly see said they wanted one. Those that I can simply hand a package to, well…they get a lot more. The smaller packages are meant to be mailed to everyone else. I “trimmed a lot of fat” with the ones I’m going…

I'm Salon Worthy

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A couple months back a friend sent me a message asking if I would send him some zines. This wouldn’t be out of the ordinary except he wanted them for his salon. Since I’ve never had anything I’ve written in such a locale, it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor. I sent him a bunch of zines, maybe the last four or so, and that’s all I thought about it. A couple weeks ago my friend Tim goes to his salon and sees one the zines on the shelf and sends me this picture. The positioning of my silly ramblings in between Nylon and Glamour was perfect. I don’t think I’ll ever have such a stage. If you’re in Greensboro NC and you want a good cut and something to read, go by Fahrenheit Kollectiv. If you go in there ask for Neil and I’m sure he’ll make you pay a little extra.

Sunday Mail Art Book Making

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I buy these books all the time with the intention of filing them up with random bits of things. Since I’ve avoided making books, they’ve started to pile up. On Thursday I picked up a few of these that I randomly started to paint and glue things in. Today I spent three or four hours trying to fill these cardboard picture albums up, with the intention of someone else finishing them. I got in touch with three fine folks and boom, a project came together. I can’t wait to see what everyone is going to do with them.

May-Day 1st!

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As soon as warmer weather starts I get less and less mail-art. For some crazy reason, people are inclined to go outside for the first time in months and enjoy the kind weather. Me, not so much, I’m inside as much in the summer or early spring as I am any time of the year. No reason to go out there, there’s where bugs live. Instead of enjoying the weather, I’ve been on a roll with making mail art, and especially terrible music. More music than anything really, especially considering a self-imposed deadline is coming up. Gotta’ deliver the new record to the record company by the end of summer…thankfully I’m the person who gets it delivered to since I’m the record company. I can only imagine what I could get done if my creative outlets had real deadlines on them. Unfortunately all my attempts at collaborating have fallen hard, no one is interested. I’m working with little over here but I don’t expect much on the flipside, just to make something. Anyway, that’s for another day. Because …