Last weekend I hosted a Make Mail table at a Hanukkah Art Fair for kids ages 2 to 10 at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn. It was alot of fun. The Hanukkah postage stamps were a hit!
I loved that some parents felt inspired to make mail of their own and again, big ups to smart phones as mailing address retrieval devices!
One of the pleasures of this VSM hobby/passion/practice is that some of the adults in my life send very creative mail to my children. Our mailbox is a fun place where paper surprises appear.
Gifted illustrator and nature observer, Beatrix Potter, began many of her now famous children’s books as fun mail. She wrote and drew picture letters to children of friends and family members. Later she borrowed back these letters and used them as the inspiration for books like The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which was published in 1902.
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters is on exhibit at the Morgan Library in Manhattan until January 27, 2013. There is a reading area of Potter’s books so bring a kid along! You can view examples on the Morgan Library’s online exhibition.
Tim Davis is offering a subscription to his Mailbox of the Month Club, which is my kind of postal project. For 50 bucks you or your gift getter will receive 12 signed, limited edition postcards of pictures he made of mailboxes. And they’ll arrive in a mailbox.
The Mailbox of the Month Club accompanies an essay that Davis wrote for the latest issue of Aperture Magazine. If you’ve got an art appreciator on your list, then receiving original work by Tim Davis for 12 straight months might be very exciting. I subscribed and am already plotting how I will display these gems. Taped on the wall like my other favorite postcards? Framed like an (affordable) piece of art? Both?
The mailings start in January 2013.
photo by Tim Davis.
Do you have an enthusiast of cities, street culture, or graffiti art on your list?
Well then Martha Cooper: Postcards from New York City 1978-2010 is the one! Cooper is a documentary photographer and this collection spans her many years as an observer of the New York City scape.
I bought these for myself. Yes I buy most of my own stocking stuffers. No I don’t mind. These would look fantastic with the Earthscapes stamps, right? Maybe I’ll mail one to you.
My Wonderful World of Fashion postcards! From illustrator, Nina Chakrabarti, 30 detachable postcards that you can color and personalize. For the fashion interested person on your list, like maybe a kid? Or a flamboyant adult?
Does anyone remember Fashion Plates? I had that game/kit when I was little and LOVED it. This is like the Fashion Plates of postcards.
I know I am a little biased but postcards make the best gifts! My first postcard gift recommendation for you and yours:
Watercolor Postcards: A Portable Studio. It comes with Strathmore watercolor paper postcards, paints, brushes, and an instruction booklet for budding painters. I like that its portable!