Showing posts from July, 2016

Makings With Central European Trash

When I went to China I was just getting started sending mail-art. Thankfully I picked up a bunch of items from newsstands and from the trash to make a nice set of cards. They came out pretty well, not great, just ok. On my recent trip to Central Europe the mail-art obsession had solidified. One of my major outings in Hungary was about mail-art. The whole time I was picking up bits of paper, sometimes thinking about how I could use it later. I didn’t actually buy anything I just took back trash. As soon as I got back I made a load of cards from what I had smuggled out. One of my trip companions collected things for me as well and left the pile on my work desk a couple weeks ago. These three images are (mostly what she gave me) out of the items she left me. I’m going to give one to her as well as a couple other folks that went on the trip. The cat one is my favorite.

The Mail Art Room

The Entrance For the first year all of my trashy collages were made on this little table that I put in front of my chair. Once that broke I moved over to the cheap Ikea coffee table. That’s where I did almost everything for another few years. I kept all of the supplies in the backroom, taking them back and forth whenever I need them. A year later I had added a table in that backroom where I had something going pretty much constantly. Doing this really kicked up my productivity. I’d still drag stuff out to the living room for long sessions in front of the TV. The Archive Closet While Misty and I were looking for a house, one of the things I wanted was a space…a space that was just mine. I wanted to have everything ready to go whenever I went in there. I kept all of this in mind as we went from house to house. Some of them had garages which would have been perfect, others had converted attics or just strangely shaped rooms off to the side. It wasn’t a deal breaker if the house didn’…