By way of social media I learned that Jason Uechi, a fellow alum of Hampshire College, was encouraging people to send mail to their old college post office boxes. Of course I lit up at this idea. I immediately found this ‘so terrible its good’ postcard of Hampshire from my collection and sent it off.
Uechi was inspired by the care packages he used to receive in college from family back in Hawaii, filled with items that he couldn’t get on the East Coast. Recently he started sending treats back to his parents and somehow made the leap to mailing something to the current occupant of the po box where he received all those much loved care packages back in the 1980′s. He put the word out on Facebook to other alums and the response was enthusiastic.
I’m guessing that the p.o. box is far less important for college students these days, what with all the instant methods of connecting with the world beyond campus. For me, pre internet and pre cell phone and on financial aid, mail was a real link to my friends and family and much cheaper than making long distance phone calls. I love that Uechi’s idea reactivates the p.o. box as a place of surprise, connection, and chocolate.
I love these postcards from Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press. You can see the rest of the illustrations in the pack on her tiny post offices tumblr.
Kyle gets to see tiny post offices up close as she tours the country in her Moveable Type truck, a 1982 Chevy step van, retrofitted as a letterpress printing shop. Maybe she will be driving through your town this year, or you can propose that she schedules a visit/workshop in your neck of the woods.
Um, I think I am in love with Kyle Durrie.
Its going to be a great year for mail. I can feel it. The 2013 stamps show alot of promise, including these apple postcard stamps.
Speaking of postcards, one of my favorite Christmas gifts was the book, The Postcard Age. It is a phenomenal survey of postcard art from the turn of the last century, when a “postcard craze” swept the globe. The images in the book are beautiful and bizarre. I’ll leave the bizarre to your imagination but here is an example of beauty:
The book is a companion to The Postcard Age exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which is up until April 14, 2013. Go see the real postcards up close!
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!
Our Thanks Postcard Art Workshop on Saturday was fun and reports are coming in of postcards, and gratitude, received. My family received a postcard from my son, featuring a drawing of the word Thanks shooting out of a gun. Love that kid.
I am thankful for you, my readers. I know you are out there and I appreciate you. Happy Thanksgiving!
My new pals over at Martha Stewart asked if I would be interested in making something with supplies by Martha Stewart Crafts to help promote their new Pinterest board. Free craft supplies? I AM IN!
I decided to make some Autumn inspired postcards to send to friends.
So here’s the blog post to justify the very excellent Martha Stewart Crafts paints and papers and rubber stamps that I received in the mail. Take a look at Martha’s Craft Tools & Tips Pinterest board! Take advantage of the Michael’s Craft store coupons that they’re posting through the month of October! Get inspired to make something!
Viva Martha Mail!
Look at these unbelievably fantastic mailable slices of cake by Sandra Denneler!
You can make your own by following her tutorial on the site, She Knows Living. What a great way to celebrate an out of town loved one’s birthday- mail ‘em some cake!
Or if you just want to buy one, TangBaby over at Etsy has baked up some convincingly scrumptious looking slices. I loved this from her product description: To entertain myself and the more jolly ladies at the post office, when I need to send out my own, I bring them there on a plate.