Saturday, March 28, 2015

Collab Book Glueing

On a whim last week I decided to see if anyone was interested in some Collab Books. I went through the usual channels, both the IUOMA main site and a few of the mail-art sites on Facebook. Normally I get a few people interested in doing a book but it isn’t overwhelming. I thought I’d get maybe four or five people who would raise their hand. This amount would mean I would have two or three books floating around the world…no problem. I must have posted my announcement at the perfect time because everyone (a lot of people I’ve never heard of) wanted in. Someone must have sent something out on my behalf.
The idea was to have me and three other people on one book. In less than two days I had 19 people that said they wanted to participate. I had to add a fourth person on the last book and worst of all I had to turn some folks away. For the past two days I’ve been gluing as fast as I can to get everything started. I glued right after work, right before bed, and then started again as soon as I got up this morning. Right now everything is glued up and packaged, all ready to go. I have six Collab Books and one One on One. I’ve got them going to Ireland, UK, Chile, France, Pennsylvania, and California. There’s another one in there I can’t remember. Hopefully this summer I’ll start to see them come back home.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Collab Book From NC to Finland to Wales to Greece to The Netherlands to the UK then Home

In order sent.
Jon Foster – USA
Carina Granlund – Finland
E. Coles – UK
Katerina Nikoultsou – Greece
Heleen De Vaan – The Netherlands
Gina Ulgen – UK
Stripygoose – UK
Home – Traveled 12,397 Miles

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Makin' Stuff With Burns

Although I do a lot of collaborations, they’ve always been through the mail. Either I start a book or someone else does, I add something and then move it on, or I help with simple add and passes. I’ve never been very good with these by the way, I don’t think I have the vocabulary to add something and have it make sense. No mind, I’ll continue and hopefully I’ll get better as I move along.
What we’ve got here is something completely different. My friend Burns and I did this together, rather late at night, and quite drunk. He had all of his supplies on his table and we flew through it while drinking cheap beer and probably listening to metal. It was a lot of fun watching something come together without any inhibitions.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


First off, this is not one of my pictures. It took me some time to actually find what I was looking for. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to call something you’ve never heard named in public. I went with “old billboard.” The description could have been a lot better.
Thankfully I pass a lot of these in my day to day travels. I look forward to these signs, I enjoy them too much. I doubt this slight infatuation is all that odd. I imagine many like how time and layers have reduced these billboards to an almost perfect canvas. Often I look to recreate something like this with my tape art. However, I think I want to try and duplicate this for larger pieces, pieces that are a little too big to mail. What’s exciting is that I have no idea how to start with this sort of project. Should it start with a certain type of glue and a certain type of paper? I now have a spring quest on my hands.

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,...