What is Mail Art?
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.
Good Mail Day is a day when, instead of just bills, catalogues, and advertisements, your postal service delivers artful, beautiful, personal mail from friends and acquaintances all over the world. Bring the party to your post box! In this unique primer you'll find information on:
You'll also be inspired by a gallery of mail art from around the globe!
- Mail art etiquette
- How to make a travelling mail art kit
- Creating decorated and illustrated envelope
- Making faux postage and art-stamps
- Refining your penmanship
- Finding pen pals
- Developing your postal personality
- How to start mail art projects
About the authors
Jennie Hinchcliff has been an active part of international mail art circles and communities for over a decade, she has curetted San Francisco mail art shows, and produces the quarterly mail art ‘zine’ Red Letter Day, which provides information about current mail art activities, shows, and artists. By day she teaches book arts and bookbinding at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Jennie teaches classes in mail art and faux postage at a variety of venues around the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Centre for the Book.
Carolee Gilligan Wheeler has been interested in mail since she was eight years old and her father, a postal employee, brought home a Iist of pen pal agencies for her perusal. By day Carolee repairs and houses books as a conservation technician at Stanford University. She also teaches popular classes on bookbinding at the San Francisco Centre for the Book.
1st edition, 2009, paperback, 134pp, full colour throughout, contains template and a full page of useful stickers