Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art

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Quarry Books, Sep 1, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 128 pages
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‚€œWhat is a good mail day?‚€? A good mail day is a day when, instead of just bills, catalogs, and advertisements, your postal carrier delivers artful, beautiful, personal mail from friends and acquaintances all over the world. Mail art is a collaborative art form with a long and fascinating history populated by famous artists as well as everyday practitioners. The term ‚€œmail art‚€? refers to pieces of art sent through the mail rather than displayed or sold in traditional venues. Mail artists often use inexpensive and recycled materials including postcards, collage, rubber stamps, and photocopied images. Mail art is a truly international activity and a fun way to connect with people in every corner of the globe. Readers will learn to create decorated and illustrated envelopes, faux postage and artistamps, find penpals, make a mail art kit, and much more!


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Innovative, bright ways to re-invent your junk mail and build relationships via the old-fashioned art of correspondence wait for you in this book. Gone are the days of the pony express, sadly. Yet we ... Read full review


Make Every Day a Good Mail Day
From Dadaists to Dilettantes Mail Art Is for Everyone
Make the Mail Carrier Your New Best Friend Guidelines for Getting Started with Mail Art
You Can Take It with You The Traveling Mail Art Kit
From Ordinary omitted Extraordinary Gleaning Inspiration and Materials from a Walk around the Block
Judging the Post by Its Cover Decorated and Illustrated Envelopes
From a Single Sheet Paper Folding Texturing and Pattern Ideas
Outside the Box When Its Too Big Too Strange or Too Wonderful to Fit in an Envelope
Correspondence Charm School Refining Your Handwriting Finding Pen Pals and Developing Your Postal Personality
DIY and CFEs How to Start a Mail Art Project and Become a Seasoned Networker
Mail Art Maibox Artwork from around the Globe
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Beyond the Flag Faux Postage and Artistamps

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Jennie Hinchcliff has been an active part of international mail art circles and communities for over a decade, has curated San Francisco mail art shows, and produces the quarterly mail art zine Red Letter Day. She teaches book arts and bookbinding at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Carolee Gilligan Wheeler teaches popular classes on bookbinding at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

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