I started creating mail art when I was about 10 years old, although at that time I didn't know it was considered 'mail art'. I just liked making envelopes out of crazy stuff and seeing what could get through the post to my friends. I had lots of pen friends (in Europe mainly) and we'd write back and forth using all sorts of wonderful creations to send the letters in. I'd cut up magazines, use old calendars, old maps and street directories, sheet music, old text books, childrens books... nothing was safe!
I have a great collection of the mail I've received over the years too. Two suitcases and the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet are all full of letters, postcards and mail art. And that's only some of it. Unfortunately some pieces were damaged in a house move about 15 years ago, they were mostly the ones from my childhood, so envelopes of all the pinup boys at that time (mainly Bros!) so I was really disappointed.
I thought I'd start to scan & photograph some of the postal outgoings that I create and share them here. I'll warn you - my mail is a mish mash of anything. From random craft bits on my desk to more detailed pieces, there's some pieces that some people may call 'mail trash' instead of 'mail art'! But my intention has never been for it to be considered 'art'. My intention is just to bring a smile to the face of the postie and especially to brighten the recipients' mailbox!
Sometimes I just make envelopes out of patterned paper.
Sometimes I just send messages to random people to tell them how much I liked something that they did.
And when I share them on here, if I can't share the actual message, you'll see ugly photoshop work to make it unreadable. And the addresses will be removed to protect the innocent!
But hopefully you might enjoy seeing what I send out...
One of my favourite pieces of mail was to Small Studio Productions in USA. I sent over some sand from our local beach (they were in the middle of a snowy winter at the time). The envelope made it intact!
I think one of the main reasons I'm doing more mail art again these days is to have fun with my kids. We decorate envelopes to send out to their friends and our family. They also love seeing what arrives back in our mailbox! It's fun!