Anna Tea, Ukraine, presents a series of work originally commissioned for I am the warrior an ongoing project by artists Juneau Projects which celebrates creativity and making in all its forms with Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard’s Circuit young peoples’ group.
Receiving a beautifully typed piece of Mail Art from Astrid Jahns made me think about the words used and the barriers crossed through sending Mail Art around the world.
Astrid’s approach is no different to the collection, mainly visual pieces I have received as part of the project. What struck me most about this piece is the opportunity to engage in the work in a different way, asking the viewer to create their own narrative within the framework of WW1. I think it is beautiful and I will certainly find a place for it in the Mail Art project. Thank you Astrid.
Fabienne Gonay – I hope I am spelling this name correctly, presents a part of history on the outside and inside of an envelope. Based in Rossignol, scene of a horrific massacre during WW1.
Fabienne has the most amazing spidery writing, not only am I set the challenge of translating and understanding the information, but I have to adjust my eye to reading the ‘hand written’ note. Thank you Fabienne, I will read and re-read the information and certainly include it in the Mail Art project. There are many stories and reflections unearthed during this period of remembrance. A recent email from a German Mail Artist has raised the idea of Volkstrauertag – People’s Day of Mourning, a German National Day of Mourning is held in November commemorating those from all countries, military and civilian, who have died either in or as a result of armed conflicts. Or as victims of violent oppression and tyranny separate from a war situation. And it includes those left to mourn.
Those left to mourn is an interesting thought.
Beautifully stitched envelope by E.Coles. Inside the envelope apiece of collaged Mail Art. I love E.Coles sense of composition.
Unknown Mail Art. If there is anyone out there who is able to claim this piece of work – please do get intouch.
From Canada, this piece of Mail art leaves me feeling uncomfortable and unsettled. I would like to find out more about the work and the creator. Mail Art in February 2014.
Postcards from France, original French postcards dating from 1915 sent by Valentine Mark Herman
Otto Sherman is one of the most influential artists of the Stamp Art Movement. An award winning Illustrator and graphic designer in his earlier years, much of his work, then, was singularly focused on his signature style of big animated gestural forms and highly saturated chroma.
Today Sherman’s work as a Stamp Artist blends a distinctive artistic style of surreal masquerade with incisive emotionally charged social critique, he integrates these disparate contrasting themes in his art with startling results. by exposing societal decadence,corruption, and the malevolent power of dictators over unfortunate people, together with randomly juxtaposed Heraldry and Medalling, (a recurring theme) these, are the two defining visual narratives, central to his work. Sherman brings Hans Holbein’s King Henry the VIII to the 21st century in strident bling, bejewled, bedazzled, bewitched, and a little worse for wear. Alastaire Brown
Manuel Sainz Serrano
Just some of the work that is being delivered to my studio address. Some of the work is in response to the call out asking artists to make work on the theme of WW1. If you want to get involved download further information HERE
Ryosuke Cohen, Japan, is responsible for the Brain Cell mail art project, which he began in June 1985 and retains thousands of members in more than 80 countries. The project is a networked art project where individual artists contribute stamps, stickers, drawings or other images. These are sent through the mail to Cohen, who assembles and prints them as part of each cell. He prints 150 copies (30 x 42 cm) with a small silkscreen system called a Cyclostyle, (now out of production). Each participant is mailed a Brain Cell print along with a documentation list of contributors world wide.
Cohen keeps a copy for himself. Some of the remaining Brain Cells prints from each edition are assembled into sets of 30 consecutive editions. These set are sent to artists and Mail Art shows around the world.
Cohen also uses Brain Cells prints in the Fractal Portrait Project (another long running art series by Cohen) and as additions to Mail Art Add and Pass pages.
New Brain Cell editions are published every 8 to 10 days. As of December 31, 2012, there have been 847 issues.
Cohen described the origin of the project’s name in 1985: 🙂 “Well, I’ll title my work “Brain Cell”, because the structure of a brain through a microscope looks like the diagram of the Mail Art network. Thousands of Neurons clung and piled up together are just like the Mail Art network, I believe.”
Petrolpetal SA & Emily Coles, both members of the International Union of Mail-Artists.