June 5, 2011

my REAL wall presents – The first ever joint mailart talk by Andy and Elena at Pimlico library!

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.

Pimlico Mailart Workshops (3)

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

Pimlico Mailart Workshops (2)

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!

Pimlico Mailart Workshops (5)

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…

May 10, 2011

my REAL wall presents…Little Big Stories at Pimlico Library

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that this year has seen my REAL wall getting involved in a number of mailart shows in London. In February, I put out a call for a mailart call for my local library, called Little Big Stories, where we asked for postcard sized graphic novels in the post to display in Pimlico library.


The idea was to collect in a few stories on the walls to get people interested in the graphic storytelling medium and to draw attention to Westminster library’s awesome stock of graphics. I worked with one of the librarians from the comics buying team on the show from start to finish, and the show came together through the Westminster libraries blog and here on my REAL wall.


Being the first major public mailart call I’ve run, I must confess I didn’t know what to expect. Initially we set our target at 30 pieces, and after a couple of weeks, we thought we’d be lucky to even get to this. This is the very first story that came in from Conor Donegan in the USA.

Untitled - Conor Donegan (USA)

About 2 weeks in, something happened. Suddenly the blog started to fill up with comments from people saying that they’d be sending in stories! Me and Francis couldn’t believe it! Within a week we had shot over 30 and set our sites at 50 pieces. That target proved far short of our final number too.


By the time the deadline of March 12th arrived, we had collected in 150 Little Big Stories, with 20 arriving after the deadline, which went in anyway. Another 3 arrived after me and Elena had left for our honeymoon.


Sadly, me and Elena were not there to help them put the stories up, but Francis and Nisha done an excellent job of mounting the works and putting them on the walls and the exhibition has been really well received by visitors, with some even asking at the desk for the artists details and if they had books out on the shelves!


The show ran from 4th April to 4th May 2011 and has only just come down, but it’s been a huge success. I’d like to say thanks to everyone who took part who made this happen and thanks to everyone for your comments and feedback too. The library were really surprised to find that their blog had so many hits during the time of the call – they’d never had that many comments or Retweets from a blog post before, so congratulations to us on that too!

There’s not enough room here for all the photos, but you can check out some more on my flickr site, and below are all the received pieces.


But just because the show is over at Pimlico, don’t think this is the end for Little Big Stories just yet. Me and Elena are looking to make a book to put on the shelves containing all the pieces received and more! The idea is to sell copies of it to raise some extra money for the library in these lean financial times so that they can buy even more great graphic novels for their shelves.

I’ll keep you all posted about that, just watch this space.

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 4, 2011

Little Big Stories – Pieces received

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

Mailart Martha Envelope

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