February 27, 2011

my REAL wall – Mailart inspiration

One of the best things about running my REAL wall for the last 2 years has been inspiring a whole lot of people I have never met to make art. I find it amazing that my little project, that started off as a little joke to amuse myself actually gets people to pick up a pencil and draw something.

Even more exciting lately, is how this year, after reactivating my facebook account and feeding my flickr feed in, some people I have actually met are starting to create mailart too. With the relentless barrage of mailart feeds that they get, I think my friends are starting to get the idea that facebook wall posts don’t cut it for me any more! So this year I’ve started seeing mailart from people I know in my mailbox! What a rush!

The big envelope in the middle right is from a friend Jen, who travels the world as a perennial nomad. She always sends postcards from wherever she goes, and regular viewers of my REAL wall will no doubt have seen a piece from her.

She decided to pick up the pencils this time and pimped up the envelope, which made me really happy! We’ve only met once, as she is the girlfriend of a friend of mine, and we met when they passed through London last, but I was so pleased that my REAL wall has brought the artist out of her!

I wonder what that is escaping from Prosthet’s Pacman envelope…?

February 26, 2011

my REAL wall hosts Little Big Stories and Mailart 365 pieces

ON the bottom row is a great envelope of envelopes from Down Under. I’ll open it soon, the packaging is GREAT!

Thanks to Gabby, Robert, Heavenly Love, and all of you who contributed to this one. There are contributions sourced from Mailart 365, Postcrossing, IUOMA and the Little Big Stories show all coming together in one place. Where else would you find so much talent in one place I sometimes wonder

February 24, 2011

my REAL wall – Stories and news

Where else does a letter from the Editor of the Evening Standard find a home beside the worlds foremost mailartists? Only here on my REAL wall!

More Little Big Stories up today, thanks to Lindenhoff, Ptriza, Spodob and others, and a pimped photo from Okami too.

February 24, 2011

Twitter Art Exhibit in Moss, Norway

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!

Twitter Art Exhibit closeup

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

February 21, 2011

The first of the Little Big Stories lands on my REAL wall

As well as the awesome Puzzleposta from Ahmet Demir, the regular mailart is joined by the first of the Little Big Story submissions for the Pimlico mailart show. No point keeping them in a box until the End of March is there!

The awesome superhero card is by Peter Tran, Mim4art‘s piece is below that and the very first piece received is by Conor Donegan. “Through the Looking Glass” comes from Cathy Bayless in California and “Groucho Marx goes for a walk” comes from Darryl Cunningham

Also on the wall are some gems from Mailart 365 friends Dewi, Box 652, L-plate Big Cheese and Farstarr

If you want to see the other pieces received so far for Little Big Stories they are on the Little Big Stories page

February 16, 2011

Little Big Stories – A mailart call by my REAL wall and Westminster libraries

Can you tell a story in words and pictures and fit it on a postcard? If so we want to see your stories!

As part of the graphic novel season at Westminster libraries, we are holding a mailart show at Pimlico library, where we want to display postcard sized stories from YOU!

All of your “Little Big Stories” will go on display in Pimlico library in London for 2 weeks.

Full details can be found at The Westminster Libraries Blog. The deadline is March 11, 2011 and to submit work, just send your pieces to

Graphic Novel Mail Art Show
Westminster Libraries
c/o my REAL wall
PO Box 63138
W14 4BR
United Kingdom

Mailart Martha Envelope

All pictures of the show and build up will be uploaded and displayed on this page

Thanks to everyone for participating!

As pieces are received, I’ll add them to the list on this page

Why not drop a comment below, or at the original post if you intend to send a piece!

February 15, 2011

my REAL wall – A blast from the past

It’s been just over 2 years since my REAL wall started, as nothing more than a blank wall above my clothes drying radiator in a small room I lived in on the other side of Shepherds Bush.

2 years on, I wanted to recreate the "glory" days and so I hung some cruds and socks up on my new radiator and put my received postcards up. It’s just like the old days.

Ahhh that brings me back….