Every year that I’ve done mail-art I’ve kept pretty good records. I record every piece of mail-art I send to people and every piece I receive, jotting down these numbers in alphabetical order. I do this to make sure that I keep a balance with who I send to and who sends to me. This system has worked pretty well. At this point I think I’m on my second or third record keeping books, which is a nice creation itself. Looking at this year, I’ve sent out 378 pieces of mail-art. I’ve received 357 pieces. The received amount is pretty much spot on, but I know that I’ve mailed a lot more than the 378. I only count the items that I send to other mail-artists, because they’re kind of on the hook for sending back to me. Things I send to friends aren’t usually put in the “sent” tally simply because it isn’t an exchange. Mailing to a friend means nothing comes back my way, so it’s outside of the system in my mind, thus not a mark. If I were being completely honest the real number is closer or slightly over 400 pieces. If I only sent those items to mailboxes in the United States I would have paid $196.00 in postage. In that rather large 378 I have sent packages of goodies, collaborative books, and random and unaccountable ephemera. It’s an expensive hobby, one that I’ve given more attention to every year since I started. At the start of every year people make resolutions. I don’t make basic life resolutions, but I’m making mail-art resolutions. Here are a few mail-art related resolutions that I’d like to keep in 2016. 1. Scan and post all of the images of the 1979 project. I’ve already gathered as much information as I could as well as posted what I’ve found online, now I just have to scan, scan, and scan. I will start scanning later this week. 2. Get back to playing around with tape. In the past few weeks I’ve been making a lot of rough images online, printing them, and then painting over them. I haven’t sat down and worked exclusively with tape in a couple of months. 3. Collaborative books. Although it’s frustrating to send a collaborative book or pamphlet or whatever out into the world and then never see it come back (this happens half the time) it’s a giant thrill when it does. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of pamphlets made out of paper I found in a classroom trashcan. Keeping them one to one generally means a higher rate of return. I’d like to do more of these as well as collaborative kids board books I find at thrift stores. I like the way they look on a shelf. 4. Learn more collage techniques. Everything I know about making these little things comes from my own discovery. I have no training. I have no technical knowledge about any of this. It takes me years to figure out basic things because I have to randomly discover them. Maybe this makes my stuff appear a little more unique but it also inhibits me as well. I don’t have that well of knowledge to help me think through a visual problem. 5. Make and mail at least 365 things. 6. Go bigger. In the past year I started making a lot of bigger collages, ones on reclaimed canvases and store bought art boards. Most of what I’ve created I’ve given away. More than a few of them were of my own face given as jokes when in reality I was trying to figure out the angles. Only in the past couple of months have I started to stockpile some of these creations in a large bin in my basement. For most of the year I gave away everything made. I have no idea what I’m going to do with these items but they’re there. I think it be fun to have a strange yard sale with them. Maybe someone would want to put them on a wall somewhere?