In 2013 I was restless for some creative input, some way to bring more color/form/texture into my life. After an online search for decorated envelopes which resulted in quite a substantial subtotal in a shopping cart or two, I emptied out my cart(s), backed out of the sites, and decided to print out my own decorated envelopes using clip art found online. Well, that wasn't enough to amuse me for long.
I don't remember the exact search I used, but when I came across the Mail Me Some Art site I was so excited! After making several batches of post cards, I reached out to at least 40, maybe 50 people on the Informal Exchange list.
Most of my first attempts were thick collages on photo matte backgrounds. Yes, those are beads and real buttons, big ones, on the cards. I didn't know any better... (Don't ask how much each card
cost to mail- it was daunting!)
There was so much I didn't know about paper arts and many different materials available now. I didn't know about editing and cropping pictures. I didn't know to use a white background when I photographed my art projects.
It seemed like it took forever to hear back from anyone, but maybe that was because I was holding my breath. (Maybe some got lost or damaged in transit.) I'm not saying this to make anyone feel badly. In fact, I understand now how easily a mail artist can fall behind when there is so much activity going on. Anyway, that's why I encourage long-time members to contact some of the "newbies" on the Informal Exchange page-
so they won't become discouraged and walk away.
|Fabric cut-outs made into appliques, beads|
The rest of the story is, I started sending mail art to the newer sign-up's, dubbing myself the "Unofficial Welcoming Committee."
After a while, I found myself exchanging mail art with maybe 50 people. Or more. (Not all at once, of course.)
|Ink-dyed coffee filters, birthday napkin cut-out's, googly eyes, sparkly netting|
So, if you send out mail and don't hear back, try, try again. Don't give up. Someone out there will be very delighted to hear from you. And you might develop some wonderful, unexpected friendships with like-minded artists along the way. Okay, that's my pep talk for the month.
Keep on making art! Honi