February 4, 2010

my REAL wall – Shivablack’s shower

All these postcards came in the post today. In amongst them was one from a German mailartist whose work I very much admire.

Shivablack was one of the first mailartists who caught my eye, a very active mixed media collage artist. Her work sometimes veers on the dark and eerie side, but is always imaginative.

This piece by Shivablack seemingly shows a woman in a shower, slightly obscured by paint, so I thought I’d take this idea and take the opportunity to put up a shower REAL wall, which I haven’t yet done at the new place.

Shout out to Juliet too, an old friend of mine from Madrid who sent a card from Poland and thanks to my postcrossing and swap-bot partners who make appearances today too.

February 3, 2010

Moo REAL wall

Moo REAL wall, originally uploaded by andytgeezer.

When I heard that Elena’s friend AAA was heading back to Romania and that she has her own cow, I realised that I couldn’t possibly let her go without a whole lot of postcards, some blu-tac and the agreement that cows would feature somewhere on my REAL wall on her return.

Armed with a selection of mailart and a camera AAA took the challenge and went into the darkened barn.

From the feedback, it would appear that blu-tac doesn’t stick to cows and that using flash photography with bovines in dark barns is definitely not to be recommended.

Thanks to Heebeejeebeeland, Sherri Ayers and Mexico30 for your contributions and thanks to Alindruta the cow for letting us use the barn and being a good sport. Best of luck with your new calves!

February 2, 2010

my REAL wall – February 2, 2010 – A Thing a day

It’s been a while since a bunch of complete strangers on the internet took over my life completely for a month-long project, and experience tells me that when this happens it’s usually a good thing!

This month I thought I’d make it a doubly good thing, and have signed up for Thing-a-day, a project where you do something creative every day for the entire month of February. I decided that this month, I’ll post up a new REAL wall every day, here and on the Thing-a-day site. Usually my REAL wall isn’t quite a daily event, but for the month of February, REAL wall fans will get a guaranteed REAL wall a day right here!

Not content to simply make one thing a day, I’m also signed up with the Unofficial Thing-a-day, (UTAD) a smaller version of the Thing a day, which feels much more personal.

After 5 years, the original Thing-a-day is perhaps a little too big for some participants so another site has been set up, which pays homage to the original but is invite only for a small number of people. Thanks to Sam for the invite to this.

Actually, I’m not really in the UTAD personally but for that project mini-Andy is taking the reins with his comeback. Check out his posts on the UTAD site or at The adventures of mini-Andy, then get ready to take part in the NEW adventures of mini-Andy from March!

February 1, 2010

my REAL wall – February 1, 2010 – Elena models the new REAL wall hoodie!

Being that it was my birthday last Monday, me and Elena went out on Friday night to meet Stalex, AAA and Carl for Vietnamese food and Karaoke.

I always insist that people don’t get me presents for my birthday. Most of my friends think that I do this because I am modest, but I’ll let you REAL wall fans know the REAL reason. It’s cos my friends always buy me such crap presents. Shhhh don’t tell them.

However, this night was VERY different. When we arrived in Deptford, Stalex handed me a bag which was soft to the touch and told me that my present was inside. With no clue as to what it might be, I was intrigued. After a few beers, some banh cuon and a rendition of "He aint heavy" I opened the wrapping and to my surprise, out popped the best present EVER!

Seen here on Elena is the brand new my REAL wall embroidered hoodie, complete with full postal address on the front and URL on the back! After lamenting all those missed opportunities to get my REAL wall in the papers, I finally have the ultimate wearable billboard!