At the end of 2010, a little phenomenon happened on Twitter. Every artist I follow was suddenly tweeting with the hashtag #twitterartexhibition and saying that they were sending a piece to a guy called David Sandum.
I went on over to his site to see what the buzz was about, and saw that he was running a very cool mailart project requesting postcards for a show at his local library in Moss in Norway. He stated that he intended to sell as many pieces after the show in order to raise money to buy childrens books for the library.
Mailart and a good cause – I couldn’t resist!
I sent in The Haunted Ballerina (Back), which i’m still really proud of.
My piece sold last month, for something like £17, which can buy a book or two.
Today, David posted pics of the pieces on the wall at the show. You can see The Haunted Ballerina in the first column, 3rd down.
Check out the rest of the pics of the show at Davids site
Mim, one of the leading lights of Mailart365 has ut up another REAL wall while procrastinating on the letter S
Noah Scalin, creator of Skulladay recently received a quilled skull from Elena.
Today, I was meandering through Noah’s Twitter and noticed that his desk had been featured on fromyourdesks.com. When I realised that his wall was also included, I scoured the wall for a sight of a piece from me or Elena and lo and behold, Elena’s quilled skull is second row up, just above that green postcard!
So a sly appearance of a REAL wall on another site courtesy of Elena and Noah, tag-teaming across continents!
Thanks to Kate from fromyourdesks.com and to Noah for the pic. Check out the desks of other cool people at http://fromyourdesks.com/ and kick off your 365 in style with http://makesomething365.blogspot.com/
This is the second wall from Gabby, who swaps loads of cool letters with her mum! There's my "St. Aldates Reimgined". Gabby says
I recently got a LOT of mailart this week and I put it all up. even though a third of it is from my mum, ha 😀
If I’ve received your piece for Little Big Stories, I’ll put it up on my flickr site then post it up here! Please leave a comment if you see yours, and when you send leave us a comment below with a URL so I can link you up! Deadline is March 11, 2011, so do hurry and get your pieces in!
Received pieces so far
Untitled by Conor Donegan (UK)
“Life and Death” by Jaromir Svozilik (Norway)
Fluxus Artistamps by Tiziana Baracchi (Italy)
“Two balloons” by Michel Della Vedova (France)
“Time Travel Taxi” by Peter Brazier (UK)
“Through the Looking Glass” by Cathey Bayless (USA)
“Groucho Marx goes for a walk” by Darryl Cunningham (UK), author of ‘Psychiatric Tales‘
“Telling a story” by Mim (USA)
Untitled by Peter Tran (UK)
“How to post art No. 725” by A.1. Waste Comics
“Love in the time of mailart” by Rebecca Guyver (UK)
“The outrage” by Mailart Martha (UK)
“One day in life” by Lindenhof (Germany)
“Penny Black” by Valentine Mark Herman (France)
Untitled by Tania Krosse (France)
“Big Stories on Small Paper” by James Weaver (USA)
“Spring Thaw” by Laura Podob (USA)
Untitled by Enzo Salanitro (Italy)
“Ithaca” by Michalis Kotsaris (Greece)
“The Blue Cloud” by Mariano Filippetta (Italy)
Untitled by PJ (USA)
“Six seasons” by Helder Coelho Dias (Portugal)
“Science Marks”, “Yours and Mine”, and “Mail Love” by Snippy Snippy Crab Kristine (Australia)
“The Vision” by Biomechanicsinc (Belgium)
“The Days of Imp Pilot” – by Baos3113 (USA)
“Presenting the mailartist who wanted to be famous” – By Andrea Jay (USA)
“Stories in a portrait 1, 2, 3” – Dewi (USA)
“Chromosomes” by JJAlltheway (Australia)
“8705” by Johannes Gerard (The Netherlands)
“Love Story” by Nhigh (USA)
“The End” by Bob Marzewski (USA)
“Literature Man” by Grant Snider (USA)
Untitled 1-30 by Simon Warren (UK)
“Paper Vision (2008)” and “Pendant la revolution 1986)” and “Paper” by Serse Luigetti (Italy)
“The envelope of childhood dreams” by Chantal Batchelor (UK)
“Where’s my mailart?” by Camelorama (USA)
“Temptress” by Jonathon Linkletter (Canada)
“The Intercorstal” and “A Ghost Story” by Garth A Hopkins
“Miss Moti and the Ultra Girl” by Kripa Joshi
“Yummy” by David G Lindberg (USA)
“Upbringing” by skeptlorist
“A day of the dead” by Helen Macdonald (UK)
“Kate Humble and Bill Odie build the horse of Troy” by Amy Oliver (UK)
“Night of the munchies” by Red Inca (UK)
36 stories from the classes of Rebecca Guyver – I’ve scanned and uploaded these to flickr with some of the quotes from the back of the postcards
“Alices Fall” by Daniela Dente (Italy)
“Early String Theory” by Tyson Cole
If you’ve pledged a piece, I’ve put your name and weblink up here. If you still have to send a piece, what are you waiting for! The address is below
If you’re still not sure what to do, why not have a chat with some mailartists at the Little Big Stories mailart groups on IUOMA or on Facebook
Mim has been a supporter of my REAL wall for a long time, sending her first REAL wall back in August 2009.
One of the first members of mailart365, Mim’s output is prolific, to the point that I measure what number I’m supposed to be on by what number she’s on (which usually has a suffix after it, like 63a, 63b, 63c as she is doing mailart1000 it seems!)
Here’s Mim’s latest REAL wall, covered with mailart365 gems, including one of Elena’s quilled pieces, Spring Blossom. In amongst all those, I can spot a Katerina Nikoltsou, Red Letter Day, Dewi and many other superstars of mailart!
If you’re on flickr, tag your work with a note
Another active mailart365 member, Gabby Cooksey is a freshman at art college. There’s my St. Aldates reimagined on her wall alongside some more mailart365! I love the fact that there are so many more happy mailboxes as a result of the project.
Lady L was one of the earliest members of Mailart365 and her wall contains loads of mailart from the project as a result. On her wall at the moment is a piece by Elena, so she qualifies for a spot on my REAL wall.
Although this doesn’t contain any post by me, I am always willing to make an exception for Postmuse, who has posted all her received Mailart365 posts up on her REAL wall over there in Pittsburgh.
I love the fact that in houses all over the world, people have their own private gallery of mailart. Awesome!
As most of you know, I’ve been running mailart365 since December 1st, so the amount of mailart I’m putting out (and receiving) has gone up astronomically in the last month. I had hoped this would lead to more REAL walls as my mailart started hitting the walls of mailartists the world over.
This was the first sighted postcard on someone elses wall, over at the Coffee and Cappuccino art blog. Pamela is an artist in San Francisco and a late entrant to mailart 365
Maybe I’ve not been quite clear enough, but I’d love to see pics of my post when it arrives on your walls too! Happy Christmas!