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Some years back, I was part of an art group that included members from Canada, the USA and Europe. We participated in many fun projects, including sending art pieces to each other – even whole journals! I loved the anticipation of going to the mailbox and finding treasures of artsy goodness inside.

Though the cost of postage has made it prohibitive to mail whole journals, things like artist trading cards and individual art pages that can be tipped-in to your own journal or bound in a book are very do-able!

SO, LET’S SEND SOME CHEERY MAIL ART TO EACH OTHER! Themes will change each season, and you can express yourself in whatever medium you choose – sketching, collage, watercolour, acrylic, stitching, etc. All styles and levels of experience are welcome.

Mail Art is a great way to connect and share your creativity with folks near and far. AND IT’S FUN! We’d love to have you join us!

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Said to have been invented by Andre Breton as a parlour game in 1925, exquisite corpse started out as a playful, stream of consciousness pastime for Paris’ 1920’s Surrealists but endures today an an enriching creative exercise…

Perhaps the most wonderful thing about mail art is that anyone can participate. You have to embrace the collaborative, never-ending-destination zen of it, and keep a sense of humour.

~Sara Genn

here are the details:

What are we doing and when do we begin?

  • BOOKMARKS – October 1, 2021 to November 15th 

How many will I have to make?

  • That depends on how many join in, but you’ll never need to make more than 6 of anything. 

Will we be able to share our art pieces?

  • YES! There’s a private Facebook group where you can share photos of the art you create or receive. 

What are the sizes and supplies needed for each piece?

  • Bookmarks: A regular bookmark is approximately 2+1/4″ x 7+1/4″…but don’t let that stop you from getting creative with size! 
  • Use any materials and art mediums you like – watercolour, acrylic, sewing, beading, etc.
  • You’ll need a mailing envelope for your finished pieces (not folded) and postage.

Are there restrictions to what I can do?

  • Please, no profanity, nudity, religious or political statements out of consideration for others.
  • Be aware that added bulk or weight such as metal or dimensional bits will add to your postage costs, and/or may delay delivery. 

How exactly will this work?

  • You’ll make an art piece for each person who signs up OR swap with one or more participants, depending on how many join in. For example, if 8 people participate, you’ll create 8 pieces of art to swap. If more than 8, swap partners will be assigned, and you may only make 1, 2, or 3 pieces. Again, it really depends on how many sign up. The idea is to make this fun and do-able, not stressful!
  • Send your finished pieces to me and I will sort and mail them back to participants.
  • You’ll have approximately 6 weeks to complete each project.
  • Please commit to following through; it’s very disappointing when someone puts the time and effort into making art for others and doesn’t receive the same in return.

When does registration close and is there a cost?

 

Let the mail art fun begin!!

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