Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art

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“What is a good mail day?” A good mail day is a day when, instead of just bills, catalogs, and advertisements, your postal carrier delivers artful, beautiful, personal mail from friends and acquaintances all over the world. Mail art is a collaborative art form with a long and fascinating history populated by famous artists as well as everyday practitioners. The term “mail art” refers to pieces of art sent through the mail rather than displayed or sold in traditional venues. Mail artists often use inexpensive and recycled materials including

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Overview

“What is a good mail day?” A good mail day is a day when, instead of just bills, catalogs, and advertisements, your postal carrier delivers artful, beautiful, personal mail from friends and acquaintances all over the world. Mail art is a collaborative art form with a long and fascinating history populated by famous artists as well as everyday practitioners. The term “mail art” refers to pieces of art sent through the mail rather than displayed or sold in traditional venues. Mail artists often use inexpensive and recycled materials including postcards, collage, rubber stamps, and photocopied images. Mail art is a truly international activity and a fun way to connect with people in every corner of the globe. Readers will learn to create decorated and illustrated envelopes, faux postage and artistamps, find penpals, make a mail art kit, and much more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592535378
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 495,426
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolee Gilligan Wheeler teaches popular classes on bookbinding at the San Francisco Center for the Book.Jennie Hinchcliff has been an active part of international mail art circles and communities for over a decade, has curated San Francisco mail art shows, and produces the quarterly mail art zine Red Letter Day. She teaches book arts and bookbinding at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Carolee Gilligan Wheeler teaches popular classes on bookbinding at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Make Every Day a Good Mail Day 9

Chapter 1 From Dadaists to Dilettantes: Mail Art Is for Everyone 15

Chapter 2 Make the Mail Carrier Your New Best Friend: Guidelines for Getting Started with Mail Art 23

Chapter 3 You Can Take It with You: The Traveling Mail Art Kit 31

Chapter 4 From Ordinary - Extraordinary: Gleaning Inspiration and Materials from a Walk around the Block 39

Chapter 5 Judging the Post by Its Cover: Decorated and Illustrated Envelopes 47

Chapter 6 From a Single Sheet: Paper Folding, Texturing, and Pattern Ideas 61

Chapter 7 Outside the Box: When It's Too Big, Too Strange, or Too Wonderful to Fit in an Envelope 71

Chapter 8 Beyond the Flag: Faux Postage and Artistamps 79

Chapter 9 Correspondence Charm School: Refining Your Handwriting, Finding Pen Pals, and Developing Your Postal Personality 89

Chapter 10 DIY and CFEs: How to Start a Mail Art Project and Become a Seasoned Networker 97

Chapter 11 Mail Art Maibox: Artwork from around the Globe 106

Contributors 122

Resources 124

About the Authors 127

Acknowledgments 128

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Highly resourceful and inventive. Mail as an art outlet has arrived.

    Innovative, bright ways to re-invent your junk mail and build relationships via the old-fashioned art of correspondence wait for you in this book. Gone are the days of the pony express, sadly. Yet we humans still loiter around the mailbox, rallying our hopes if the postal worker's bundle looks interesting. If I received any of the resourceful and occasionally stutter-inducing missives pictured in Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, I'd probably give Phillip a hug. I'm not sure he would like it, but there it is. Mail as an art outlet is definitely the kind of mail you want to receive.

    Enter this book. Authors Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler cover almost everything you might wish to know about paper salvaging and minimal skill, down-and-dirty crafting, leading into hardcore artistry. Included are tips for careful mailing, postal regulations that might affect your creative boundaries, guides for building envelopes and keeping your delivery person happy, even some starter postcards and "mailing seals" (I call 'em stickers) in the back. Those newly pondering a stamp-based relationship can even find a pen pal and kick-start a friendship by post, all within the bounds of this book.

    Good Mail Day offers a scrapbook-style design, brightly-lighted photographs, scads of information and backstory, and puffy clouds of space to let the ideas drift straight off the page and into your brain. In back, a gallery by name, but, really, it's a museum of shiny ideas that didn't quite make it into the how-to section. Don't be frightened if there are umpteen things you want to make immediately.

    What's fantastic about the book is how simple the ingredients are for such complex, memorable mail. Around 95% of the materials are free, gleaned from old cards, labels, catalogs, anything made of paper and then other things as well. Think of the book as a jumping-off point, portable inspiration for a lifetime of postal interchange. A primer indeed.

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