March 26, 2012

British Summer Time arrives on my REAL wall 2012

I’m not great with winter and this winter seems o have dragged on right the way through spring. not really sure that my little Vietnamese body is really built for this sort of thing.

Today the clocks finally went forward and I dared to venture outside, where I put up the first outdoor REAL wall since getting here to Kingston. And what a wall it is!

If you look closely enough you’ll see contributions from some established mailart legends like JJAltheway, with her final piece from mailart 365! What an adventure it’s been JJ! I too feel kinda gutted that you’re not posting everyday and I can only imagine the sense of emptiness (I’m still stuck on 140/365) There’s a Valentines day card from Laura Podob and Mrs Thundercat appears on there all the way from Holland too.

As well as the established mailartists, there is also one piece I’m REALLY proud of, and that’s the very first appearance of a new mailartist called Stripeygoose, who is now on #25/365 over at mailart 365. The reason I’m really proud of this particular artist is because I work with her and we’ve worked together on all sorts of projects. There’s her work in the bottom right had corner, reminiscing of Wimbledons Big Draw. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that Stripeygoose had signed up for MA365, and am still reeling that, 3 years on my REAL wall still inspires new artists to make and send post!

The sun is shining in Kingston and I’m smiling broadly 😀

March 3, 2012

my REAL wall presents…Using Postcards on the Art Education PGCE at TMRoehampton

I had a hand in putting together the first Teachmeet at Roehampton, the university where I work and decided that doing the tech bits and the organising wasn’t enough work for me, so decided to present 2 presentations too. One of the presentations was on the use of postcards on the secondary art PGCE (teacher training course) last year.

The original post, with video and powerpoint presentation slides is up on the teachmeet site at (yes I put this up too – can’t get enough of all that lovely work)

I mainly yabber on about how postcards are a modern day alternative to all that electronic noise our children are used to these days. As much as I love the internet, I do still strongly believe that REAL tangible communications are key to a happy life as humans

March 3, 2012

2012 MA Art Education presentation REAL wall


For the second year running I was asked to run a talk to the MA Art Education students at my university on mailart in education. For me this is a hugely exciting lecture that I do as a favour to the art education lecturers, who I get on very well with.

This years cohort were a lovely bunch of girls who were really interested to hear about how mailart changed me from physics teacher to artist, and from artist to postcard swap coordinator. In short mailart has changed my life and I’m not afraid to admit it!

After talking at length about my REAL wall, mailart 365 and schoolswaps, the students were let loose to create their own mailart and they took to it like fish to water. In about an hour we had at least 2 pieces each ready to be let loose into the world.

All in a days work at my REAL wall 🙂

March 3, 2012

LOPZA – Dutch variant mailart meme

It seems I was wrong and actually the chocolate wasn’t supposed to be rearranged to read ZALOP after all, but the Dutch variant LOPZA. Yikes! These mailart memes are a minefield!

Thanks to Hope, Edie S, Jennifer Suedehead, Miss Thundercat, Kokabella and all the other wonderful artists who live on this wall!

Think I’ll eat all the chocolate now…

March 3, 2012

Chocolate ZALOP

Now back from Paris, I tried again to rearrange the chocolate from Heleen de Vaan and came to this stunning realisation.


Yes mailartists it was indeed ZALOP in disguise. If you managed to guess this earlier, you are eligible for a piece of chocolate fromt he box, which I shall send naked in the mail. If you want a piece leave a comment below, but I cannot be held responsible if you fall ill after eating a piece of chocolate that has been handled by 100+ postal workers.