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19MailArtMinneDaDa84 2016Tom Cassidy will be sending out documentation to all the mailart pARTicipants, but in the meantime, I can show you the photos I took on Day One of MinneDaDa1984 at Eat My Words Bookstore. Click on an image to view large. Ryosuke Cohen, of the famous 30+ year old BRAIN CELL project, was in attendance at MinneDaDa84!! I even got to sit for a bust version portrait by Ryosuke on Day Two of MinneDada84 at The Black Forrest Inn banquet room. A full body portrait of Ryosuke and a notebook of Tom Cassidy’s collected Brain Cells was displayed during an interview of Ryosuke on Day Three at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). More of my MinneDada84 photos are at: MY FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM or at MY FLICKR MINNEDADA84 ALBUM, though these don’t represent but a fraction of all the performance events, films, and PEOPLE of the event.

 

MTS CMB artistamps 2nd Edition

Sometime in 2014 or 2015, Matthew Stolte of Madison, Wisconsin, created a TRASHPO collage and mailed it to me as mailart. [More of Matthew’s work, which also includes paint and stencils, or found objects coated with paint and used as stamps, can be seen at his blog by clicking HERE.] Matthew often advocates in his artwork for less plundering of our oceans and less water pollution, and this message comes through in many parts of his TRASHPO piece and other mailart and smallpress leaflets/books which he publishes.

After a long period had passed, this trashpoem resurfaced and caught my attention as something ripe for collaboration. I wanted to focus in on smaller areas, and dividing the sheet into a grid seemed the way to go, which meant to me that it was good material for an artistamp sheet.

This is actually a SECOND (revised) EDITION, date stamped today by hand on each stamp, and it is a LTD Edition because I only had FIVE perforated sheets to put through my inkjet printer. (Side note: I spray my inkjet printed sheets with UV protection.)

The FIRST edition was fifteen artistamp sheets and did NOT include the rubber stamped words I added to each image — only two of those sheets had the hand stamped words/phrases. Matthew may have made copies of the one I sent him that had my rubber stamped words/phrases, but those copies were not perforated sheets.

Reformatting each stamp enabled my rubber stamped word/phrase to fit within the block and a few visual composition details were added along the way, also MTB CMB are noted on each individual stamp. A third and larger edition may be in the offing later this year when I have more perforated sheets. Darlene Altschul (a California mailartist around my age) has been perforating a ream of A4 sized blank artistamp sheets for me for awhile now, as time permits, mailing them to me in small batches at a time. Physical perforations vs. graphic perforations are kind of a luxury, but they really add class, plus I’ve figured out a system for the printing my square format stamps on these A4 size sheets sheets.

The above posted scan is a low resolution image of the entire sheet, and unfortunately has a pink/gray color cast. In an effort to show you more detail, here is a slideshow of the individual stamps. There are 24 different artistamps and the slideshow gives more detail at larger than actual size against the actual white background. They feel like mini-abstract paintings to me, though the different forms of text (scribbling, found text from advertisements, rubber stamped words) add a poetic dimension.

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This idea for a mailart email project came to me because of a confluence of two other projects. One was a collage exchange project by Cecil Touchon and the other was an artistamp project by Fraenz Frisch. The first was organized to be a physical gathering of people in one place to create & exchange, and the second involved emailing jpeg images by the participants which would then be incorporated into an artistamp sheet, and a copy would be snail mailed to everyone.

I could not take part in the collage exchange project due to my location on the other side of the country, but emailing a jpeg for the artistamp sheet was simple enough do. So, I thought, why not enable the exchange of mailart between a group of people with the following guidelines:

Thru the end of Sunday, March 6, 2016 – ONLY: 1) Create mailart (at a size/wght that can be mailed with one international or a first class stamp or less) and take a digital photo of it (a small file for web display only). 2) Email me your snail mail address and the jpeg. cmehrlbennett@gmail.com

On Monday, March 7, 2016: 1) I will post the images as a blog and draw names from a hat for each of you. 2) I will send you an email with the snail mail address (drawn out of the hat) to which you should post your mailart to, plus a link to the blog where jpegs are on display. Got it? [Note that all my wordpress blogs copy to Facebook as well.]

I will delete these directives on Monday – so if you choose to share this, be aware that it will disappear (I think??) The only evidence will be the mailart you receive and the link to the blog when it is posted on Monday. Hopefully, you will choose to continue the exchange of mailart with the person who sends you m.a.

I posted this project on my Facebook wall on Friday March 4th, and I added the following comments on Saturday and Sunday, respectively:

Dear friend, If you have not done mailart before, or if it has been a long time since you’ve been involved in the network, this is a way you can begin! – starting with one contact.

It’s getting down to the wire (midnight) to submit a jpeg of mailart you’d like to send to another participant via name pulled out of the hat!

HERE ARE THE MAILART DOCUMENTS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT:

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C. Mehrl Bennett collaboration with Katerina Nikoltsou (Greece)

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John M. Bennett

Joe McCarthy

Joe McCarthy

Pier Roberto Bassi

Pier Roberto Bassi

After I post this blog I will draw four names out of a hat for each piece, then send and email to Joe, Pier, and John with the address to which they should mail these pieces, plus the link to this blog.

I plan to try this experiment a few more times, in hopes of garnering more pARTicipants! Meantime, for all you mailartist wannabees, one resource for getting started is IUOMA or friend me on Facebook (search for Catherine Mehrl Bennett and please leave a comment on this blog with your FB name?)…

 

For the past year I’ve mostly posted small, hand-made accordian books at my Etsy website, and have sold out of all but one of them. Recently, I had an itch to make earrings since I’d been accumulating some interesting beads, including skull beads. The Facebook response to a photo with those skull earrings, including a link to my Etsy site, made me realize there might be a niche market for skull bead jewelry. Who knew? So I’ve posted two more styles of skull earrings (both have options for variations) to my Etsy site. But then again, it might just be a fluke.
Still, just in case someone reading this blog post wants to check out my Etsy site, where I’ve included detailed descriptions of the earring materials, you can go to:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CMehrlBennett

I’m going to post an image of a recent perforated sheet of artistamps I made because it also involves SKULLS. (I’ll even post it for sale at my Etsy site, Elliott Jenkins… HA!) NOTE: The “O cents” refers to “non-sense”…

2017 ADDENDUM: All skull earrings were sold! Artistamp sheets did NOT SELL so I took them off of the Etsy site. I continue to create artistamp editions which I send out as mailart. I give one signed copy of every edition of my small handmade books and artistamps to John M. Bennett for OSU Avant Writing Collection.

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Go to my Etsy Site if interested in purchasing one of these limited edition accordian books:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/cmehrlbennett

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Note: Shawn McMurtagh’s text is in lower part of each page.

Below is a related “Little Stories” YouTube video.

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