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One on One Pamphlet wth Erin Young (Innisfil Canada)

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January 2016 Makings

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One on One Pamphlet with A. Sleep (Castilla NM)

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I Made Something I Like

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Thinking about my mail-art resolutions this year, I’m trying to think through my creations more. One of the ways I’m doing this is by writing about what I feel makes this image work and how I can improve on it. When I started doing mail-art it was the first time I made anything resembling “art.” I’m always hesitant to call my creations art, because that term always feels reserved for things other people make. Most of my life has been spent studying the work of others, whether it’s Hugo Ball, Ray Johnson, or Ray Davies. I prefer to say I “make things” in order to keep from branding my bits of paper a certain way. Maybe it’s a way to feel safer? Those early creations were not good at all, basically an image of something and then a word underneath. Maybe I’d have some paint thrown in, or maybe it was white out? It was honestly my first attempt and those attempts were terrible. I wasn’t a kid that drew past middle school. I’ve never had art classes and I’m not sure why triangles are so…

I Made a Big Book

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2016 Mail-Art Resolutions

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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 sli…