Mail Art Challenge!

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I recently received a mail art challenge from one of my pen friends. The idea is to send one piece of art to the first person on the list, and your own information to the end of the list, and pass it on to 10 people. That means once your name reaches the top you get a mail box full of artwork! Who wouldn’t love that?

This not only sounds like a lot of fun, but also a great way to enter into the world of mail art, so I wanted to share the opportunity.

Whether you’re brand new to mail art or a seasoned expert, feel free to join! Just send an email to singingshipwrecks@gmail.com with your name and address (this information won’t be shared). Don’t forget to put “Mail Art Challenge” in the subject line.

Update: You can send a piece of art in any medium if you choose to participate. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an envelope.

One Rainy Saturday

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Two weeks ago I went to Baltimore for the final day of the Fun-a-Day exhibit at the D Center. I heard about the project from Michelle, my first pen friend. The idea of the project is for artists of all skill levels to commit to spending time working on their craft every day for the entire month of January and then displaying the results. I had never heard of any type of exhibit like this before so I was curious to see what the exhibit would really be like.

Since I didn’t do my research beforehand (whoops) I got to the D Center a little over two hours before it opened so I had to kill time by going to The Book Thing– not exactly a hardship. I dropped off a stack of books and somehow managed to leave without taking any new ones with me, which was a first.

Can I live here?

After a late lunch and a little wandering  I made my way back to the exhibit. The gallery space was full of pieces from dozens of different artists. It was really cool to see art from such a variety of different people, nearly all of whom aren’t professional artists.

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The back of the gallery complete with a movie screening and a live band in the corner

The back of the gallery complete with a movie screening and a live band in the corner

Mother/daughter display = cutest thing ever. I was tempted to buy a few of these.

Mother/daughter display = cutest thing ever. I was tempted to buy a few of these.

Michelle's table- complete with dinosaurs!

Michelle’s table- complete with dinosaurs!

I might be biased since this was the only display by a person I knew (at least kind of), but I really enjoyed Michelle’s table. She had all the supplies you could need to decorate envelopes plus copies of some of her zines. I took full advantage of both and decorated an envelope with cute monster duct tape and rubber stamps. It didn’t come out quite as nicely as the examples she had on display, but it was fun.

Next to Michelle's table was a street art installation by Mary.

Next to Michelle’s table was a street art installation by Mary.

Here’s where things get kind of odd. Mary had a box on her table for guests to leave their addresses so she could send them postcards, which I did. I didn’t know it at the time, but she had already written me a postcard that day after finding my address on sendsomething. A few days after I sent a reply to that one, I got a postcard in response to the exhibit and finally made the connection. Crazy!

Street art props

Street art props

The exhibit was awesome, to say the least. It was inspiring to see art done by “regular people” and not only professional artists. They even had goody bags full of paper and fabric so you could start something creative of your own at home. I’m definitely going to participate in the Fun-a-Day project next year, I just have to think of something to do!