stranger mail

Last year when I was teaching mail making in an after school program, one of the kids in the class wanted to send mail to strangers. I loved her idea and its creative potential.

We didn’t do it but collage artist Ben Peberdy did. Unfortunately his mail art project drew the attention of the FBI, who showed up at his Vermont home with a few questions! Here is Peberdy’s project description from his website, Deluxe Unlimited:

Since August 5th, 2013, I have been making an original piece of postcard-sized collage artwork each day and mailing it out to random individuals. I find the addresses listed on Google Maps. I intend on producing 365 pieces, completing the project on August 5th, 2014.

I started doing this for two reasons. The first was to provide an opportunity to continuously make collages, without repeating myself. The second reason was that I was excited to get my artwork out to a very different, far more diverse audience. The people who come to see my stuff at galleries tend to be part of a fairly insular New England art community, and this was a chance to get these various ideas and images out into some fresh minds.

I anticipated far more responses than I have thus far received, although those that did write back to me were generally pleased with their postcard. However ”Another Disaster” resulted in my being investigated by the FBI. I briefly considered stopping the project, only to become even more determined to see it through.

What do you think of Peberdy’s project?

thanks and lights giving mail

Next week marks the very rare alignment of 2 holidays, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. So Happy Thanksgivukkah! In the past I have used Thanksgiving as an opportunity to host a Thanks Postcard Art Workshop, where participants make and send mail to express gratitude. And then on to Christmas and Hanukkah mail making events in December. But not this year. This Sunday I will be participating in a Hanukkah art festival at Hannah Senesh Community Day School, and perhaps the Hanukkah cards that we make will be infused with both light and thanks.

Hanukkah art festival

If you’re local, please come! I’ll have lots of fun card making supplies, blue envelopes, and Hanukkah postage stamps. Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Philatelic Product Image


Last month we went to Honk!, a festival of activist streets bands in Somerville, MA. It was excellent! Brass bands from around the country, and a few from overseas, descended for a weekend of noise and fun. This one, Extraordinary Rendition Band, is from Providence, Rhode Island and they were so good.

erb2erberb3 Like the tuba player’s Marilyn Monroe postage stamp tights?

Like how I brought it back to mail?