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Instructions for Valentine’s Day

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 at 23:53

I’ve been painting these as a mini series for the last while and it seemed appropriate to blog them today. I do hope to continue doing more but I admit I’m running out of instructions. They began with the ‘Eat me’ pill back in the summer and have grown from there. The ‘Drink Me’ bottle of course, is a direct reference to Alice in Wonderland.

I hope you enjoy their humour – something everyone needs on Valentine’s Day.

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Christmas Mail Art

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 at 07:42

The internet moves much faster than I do and I realise Christmas is in the far and distant past but I thought I should blog these before 2012 comes running in on top of me.

I sent less mail art than I would have liked due to exhibitions and real life taking up far too much time. Above is the mail art I promised @TheChecks whose music I have loved for years now. I got a really nice message about my work from them and sent some watercolours flying off to NZ for them to enjoy.

My friend Maye’s birthday and Christmas come along at nearly the same time so I sent her some mail art this week because I haven’t been able to see her often enough for the past year and more. The ‘magpie’ story began somewhere along roadtrips we used to take where we would judge how great the day would be on the number of magpies we saw so I sent her one of the RSPB magpie brooch pins. My superstition will eventually make me send her a second one.

These were sent to my favourite cousin who I didn’t get to see because exhibition timings ruined my plans for a trip, so I sent some lovely prints of work that only she would not find offensive and other  bits and pieces including mini envelopes. I’ve now made so many envelopes from old books that I could start a new world.

I sent a package off to @annajanesearle whose work I’ve admired for a while now, she does amazingly intricate illustrations and her blog is always full of great thrift finds and projects, it makes my day a better place. You can read her post about what I sent her here: http://www.annarack.blogspot.com/2011/12/mail-art-from-second-magpie.html

I sent some Christmas postcards and alot of snowflakes off to my friend Steph and @Dig_A_Pony in return for cards. @Dig_A_Pony sent me the most amazing Victorian card ever, proof that we were Victorian twins once upon a time.

I forgot to photograph them but I sent three envelopes full of snowflakes to my three little cousins which probably made an awful mess on the floor when they opened them but now they’ll know how I live – above was the aftermath.

A few of the postcards I sent everywhere. Thes were made from alot of snowflakes, some Christmas tree shapes and an old t shirt. Dry brushing for the ‘icy’ look might have been the most fun I had all Christmas but I also woke up with a very sore arm the next day – which makes me seem oh-so-lazy.

Here’s to mail art of 2012.

Mail Art: Episode One

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 02:17

I think everyone secretly wishes for amazing things sent by snail mail. Ever since I was a child I’ve loved receiving post, though recently it seems to be more junk or bills than anything else, unless I pay for it. In the past few months I had just been involved in collaborations that involved sending work by mail, until @jessicagowling followed me on twitter. I was soon addicted to checking her blog and was delighted when we finally got around to swapping mail art, she sent me the most wonderful envelope back in June and above is my reply. I think one of the most inspiring things about Jessica’s work is the nature theme, if you are interested in that or printmaking as I am, you should definitely find her in social network land and follow her everywhere.

About a month back @Dig_A_Pony sent me some Victorian sugar mice, too amazing to eat really, and also enclosed some of her prints which you can see here. I admired her work so much when I first saw it and the more I look the more I want to live right in the middle of it. Shown on the right is the reply I sent to her.

Back in July it was my friend @Rooofz 18th birthday and of course the perfect excuse to send some surprise mail as we live quite a way away from each other. I included various bits and bobs of painting, collage etc and also one of the t shirts I produced for @adamficek of RKC (Roses Kings Castles) as I still had the screen from that.

Last May/June/ @PeterDohertyoff ended up in Pentonville yet again, for a while I had been considering a project sending mail art to prisoners so put a couple of mini pieces together for him. There are restrictions on what you can send to prisons so if, in the future, I do follow this project up I shall probably have to read up on those. I’m pretty sure that nothing dangerous was enclosed…

Above is a parcel I packaged up for my friend Steph of Sparrow Squad, you can read about them in my last post: https://thesecondmagpie.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/sparrow-squad-helping-sparrows-live-where-you-live/

Steph had requested two discs of the artwork I did for her so I put those together and added a few other things including stencils for Sparrow Squad, one of my playing card collages and a Peter Doherty-QPR shirt from the old days – I used to hand paint t shirts for friends and enemies. I posted this about a month ago and it should have arrived within a few days at the most but only arrived at it’s destination today, much to my relief. I had been preparing a riot for An Post.

A few weeks back I posted one of my tea zines to Twinings Tea. I used their mixed berries teabags to create the pink version of the zine/mini-book and I decided to send one to them so they could enjoy it too. Last week I received a lovely letter and a complimentary box of mixed tea.

And finally, I also posted one of the traditional tea zines to Tetley Tea as I created the one seen above with their circular teabags. Two days ago I also received a letter from them which included a voucher for any of their products.

Here ends the first episode. If you’re interested in swapping mail with me just drop me a message here, on twitter, facebook or email. I will soon be swapping a second lot of playing cards for anything and everything.