On 27th April 2011, Andy and Elena gave their first ever public mailart lecture at Pimlico library together. As part of the graphic novels season, we put together the Little Big Stories show, and the librarians thought it would be a good idea to include a talk about mailart in the season as it is a relatively unknown artform.
We agreed to run the talk together and the library bought the stamps and postcards for the participants.
The talk was modestly attended but those who turned up were treated to a feast of mailart. We talked about the history of mailart, how it came about and how my REAL wall came into existence. After a look through some of the gems that have appeared on my REAL wall, we got the participants making their own, which they addressed to some of the people who had sent some to us in the past
By the end of the session, everyone had made at least one piece and put a stamp on it to post. I’ve since heard that some of the pieces have been received.
If there’s anything more satisfying than making a piece of mailart, I think it’s watching those first pieces of mailart go out from people who have just discovered the medium. It’s just great!
The Graphic novels season was a huge success for Pimlico and I want to take a moment to say thanks to them for putting on such a great programme of events and for including us in there (I would never have ever thought i’d have my name on the programme with Helen McCarthy and Paul Gravett! Wow! fanboy geekness heaven!). You can read a writeup of the night on their blog. It has been excellent and I can’t wait to get involved again next year!
Thanks to everyone for sending in your pieces for Little Big Stories. Keep your eyes on this site to hear what happens next with those, you’ve not heard the end of these yet…