Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap - 2015


Kat (of Kat Eye studio) is hosting her 5th annual "Liberate your Art" postcard swap.

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You send five postcards to Kat, you get six in return (because she sends you one of her own!) This swap requires you to go out and get your original art work printed in postcard form.  I did this one a few years back and had a bunch of my work printed at Moo.com.  I was hesitant at first to spend money on reprints, but I ended up being really glad I did.  The swap itself was fun, but the push to do the printing was a good one for me.  Most of the time I prefer creating and swapping original work, but there are times a printed postcard is the perfect thing - a quick note to a possible new mail art friend, an inclusion in a package, a gift tag, etc.  And I learned about some good sources for printing, and I took a brave step to invest in myself when I was still quite new to art and swapping.

Deadline is March 14th.
Details and sign-up info here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Turquoise Mail Art Call

Hi Everyone, 
Thought I'd pass along this call for mail art.
-Karen
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Create a postcard sized piece with the topic TURQUOISE and mail it!
                                                                                                                                          
Artists from all over the world are invited to participate in this International Mail Art Project. Everyone is welcome to participate in this project, all ages and skill levels.
                                
Rules: No jury, no fees, no return of the works.
 
Postage and Deadline: Post it like you would a regular postcard, please don’t use envelopes. Ensure that you use the correct postage to reach Austria. Artists may submit only one piece. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015.
 
Please indicate name, address, and email address on the back of the work.
 
Documentation: Your artwork will be exhibited online in the blog http://turqouisemailart.blogspot.co.at/, an extensive catalogue or book is possible if sponsors are found for the project.
 
More information in the blog http://turqouisemailart.blogspot.co.at/ and on the page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/moriartmoo
 
Please send your postcard to
 
Monika Mori
Hauptstrasse 17a/7
2344 Maria Enzersdorf
AUSTRIA

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Awesome mail art call

Here's a fun one...
the endlessly creative and magical Mary England (of Uncustomary Art) has been selected to do an exhibit at the Top Of The World Observatory at the Baltimore, Maryland World Trade Center.  She will be exhibiting mail art from around the world, and she's looking for submissions.
The deadline to submit is January 24th, and theme is "What's Your View?"

You can read all about it by clicking here.

And if you don't already know Mary, spend some time on her website.  You won't be sorry.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mail Art call and artist interview

Hello lovelies!
Since I won't be swapping here as often, I want to promote other artists who are hosting swaps, or putting out calls for mail art.  I'm a strong believer in using deadlines and themes to move your creativity forward.


I got a lovely email from Janel at Pinky Post, in which she introduced herself by way of this Q&A.  Janel sponsors mail art calls and turns the submissions into zines.  Her current theme is "All About Hair" and the deadline is February 28th.

Meanwhile, here's more about Pinky herself!

Q: Tell us about yourself
A: I live in California, USA, I am an Artist who likes photography, collage, pen and ink, I love dogs and have two of them. 

Q: When did you become interested in art?
A: After my dad bought me a Canon T-70 for my birthday, and in 8th grade I took a class in black and white photography.  I was hooked!  I have a BA in Art from Cal state, long beach, CA and was an exchanged student in photography and painting at Wolverhampton, England 


Q: What has your “art journey” been like? 
A: Like a starving artist...

Q: Describe the space where you create 
A: I have my second bedroom as a studio 

Q: How do you make time for art in your busy life? 
A: I  mostly create at nite, seems to be my most creative time, so I do not get enough sleep!!!! 

Q: Why do you create?  
A: I have to create, it's who I am, I feel incomplete with out it.   

Q: How does it enrich your life?  
A: I've met so many creative people because of the internet, it makes me feel not so alone in my studio, it's like all of us are in our little studios like hermit. haha, that come together via technology. 

Q: What’s your favorite thing about swapping or sending mail art?  A: Sharing it is my favorite thing, it just goes out there like a traveling show 

Q: Where can we find out more about you and your work? 
A: I have a website/blog  (it's in its beginning stages) at pinkypostzine.wordpress.com

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Update

Hello, lovely swappers!
All evidence to the contrary,  I have not fallen off the face of the earth.

I know it's been awfully quiet around here.  So quiet that you've started sending me emails, asking if I was okay.  I'm happy to report that I'm doing very well.

You may remember that I started a new job at the beginning of November.  All of October was spent wrapping up my old job and hiring/training my replacement.  With that behind me, I launched immediately into my new job and have spent an intense month cramming in as much learning as I can.  I feel like I'm finally coming up for air, and I can see that I'm really going to like my new position.  I'm excited and energized (and slightly exhausted) by its possibilities.

All of this day-time intensity has made me want to do nothing but read, watch TV, and sleep during my non-work hours.  
And now it's the holiday season, in which I historically remove myself from all things swap-related so that I can focus on time with my family.

So what does this mean for MMSA in 2015?
I don't know.

In early October I had quietly made up my mind to stop hosting, but now, after a number of swap-free weeks, I'm having second thoughts.  I think I will miss it if I go cold-turkey.

The thing is, swaps take a lot of time.
Each one takes at least 10 hours when you factor in all the scanning, tracking, blog posting, and actual mailing.  It's a huge time commitment, and it's kept me from working on my own art, and my personal correspondence.
I've absolutely loved doing it, and it's brought me a lot of joy, but as soon as my life got stressful this fall my feelings changed.  Swapping started to feel like a burden and a chore, and I resented the time it took away from my own pursuits.  I never want to feel this way about this group, so it's time to scale back.

We'll see what January brings.  Maybe a once a month swap will strike the right balance for me.  In the meantime, if you know of any other swaps going on out there, send me an email, or leave me a comment and I'll post info about them on the blog.  And I've been working on a detailed post about how I organize the MMSA swaps in case any of you are thinking of hosting your own swap once in a while.

Finally - the round postcards went out in Monday's mail.  I hope they start arriving in your mailboxes today!

Thanks for your friendship in 2014.
I'll see you in the new year!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Round postcards - part 6


One from Joanne L:



Three from Judith:





Four from Laurie:





Two from Mary:




Four from Michelle:





Four from Penny:






Three from Saba:





Four from Sheri:






Four from Sherry:




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Round postcards - part 4

First order of business - the Mixed Media ATCs have been swapped and went out in today's mail.  (Saturday November 8th).  Watch your mailboxes!

Now for some more delicious round postcards.


Two from Care:




Four from Doris:






Four from Ellen:







Four from Jocelyn:







Four from Karen S:







Three from Kathie:





Four from Kristen:






Four from Lynne: