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“What 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 “mail “What 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 “mail 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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“What 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 “mail “What 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 “mail 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!

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Good Mail Day is a comprehensive introduction to the art of handcrafted envelopes and is packed with colorful images to inspire creativity. The authors provide a brief history of mail art along with a list of rules for newbies who wish to join the mail art community. Tips are provided on how to win over one's mail carrier along with guidance on where to discover unique ephemera for free. Much of the book encourages readers to make everything from scratch, so helpful information is provided on cu Good Mail Day is a comprehensive introduction to the art of handcrafted envelopes and is packed with colorful images to inspire creativity. The authors provide a brief history of mail art along with a list of rules for newbies who wish to join the mail art community. Tips are provided on how to win over one's mail carrier along with guidance on where to discover unique ephemera for free. Much of the book encourages readers to make everything from scratch, so helpful information is provided on cutting and folding envelopes, creating customized rubber stamps, and generating faux postage and air stamps. An envelope pattern, postcard paper, and stickers are provided to get the reader started with his or her next mail art project. The best part of Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art is the abundance of color photos. Every envelope is drastically different, making for a unique array of visual motivation.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Antigone

    Once upon a time there were letters. This was the Olden Days, of course. Back when people used more than their thumbs and a bunch of short-handed spelling to communicate...which is, in itself, such a labor I know, because there should be emojis for everything. (Someone you've actually met is nodding their head right now.) But no, these were hardy folk some might mistake for pioneers who picked up pens and filled several sheets of paper with their thoughts and questions - then signed their names Once upon a time there were letters. This was the Olden Days, of course. Back when people used more than their thumbs and a bunch of short-handed spelling to communicate...which is, in itself, such a labor I know, because there should be emojis for everything. (Someone you've actually met is nodding their head right now.) But no, these were hardy folk some might mistake for pioneers who picked up pens and filled several sheets of paper with their thoughts and questions - then signed their names at the finish in an ancient style of manual font called "cursive." Once this was accomplished, the pages were folded and slipped into an envelope. A stamp was licked (they were fairly free with their DNA during this primitive era) and positioned in the top right corner above a "street address." The project was then considered complete and dropped in a mailbox, to arrive some days or weeks later at the home of the person with whom the writer wished to remain in contact. Yes, yes, it took hours and a lot of labor, yet the argument might be made that such time and effort confirmed affection and commitment in a way an iconic little thumb's up sign most certainly does not. The argument could also be made that we, as human beings driven by hearts in various stages of wind-swept emptiness and yearning, may require proofs of this sort. They may, in fact, be vital to our very well-being. Good Mail Day is a joyous little confection of a book that not only encourages a return to handwritten correspondence, but offers up avenues of creative flourish to further the act of expressing and connecting through the mail. There is, apparently, an entire underground movement of certified "mail artists" who have been churning out such missives for years; masterpieces that test both the boundaries of personal vision and the restrictions of the myriad international postal services. Hinchcliff and Wheeler introduce us to this subculture through a bountiful selection of photographs depicting their work and provide the opportunity (through relaying the history, the etiquette and the contact information) to hop on board. While I don't have the desire to enlist in this epistolary army at present, I did find the samples and examples produced by the artists to be ridiculously inspirational. It may be time for me to sit down and write a nice long letter...and who's to say a flourish or two would go all that far amiss?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaina Bee

    Fun, fancy, and full of ideas, technique, and just enough mail art history to send you searching for more. This book inspired me to get back into sending things via post.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    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 humans still loiter around the mailbox, rallying our hopes if the postal worker's bundle looks interesting. If I received any of the resourceful and occasionally stutter-inducing missives pictured in Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, I'd probably give Phillip a hug. I'm not 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 humans still loiter around the mailbox, rallying our hopes if the postal worker's bundle looks interesting. If I received any of the resourceful and occasionally stutter-inducing missives pictured in Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, I'd probably give Phillip a hug. I'm not sure he would like it, but there it is. Mail as an art outlet is definitely the kind of mail you want to receive. Enter this book. Authors Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler cover almost everything you might wish to know about paper salvaging and minimal skill, down-and-dirty crafting, leading into hardcore artistry. Included are tips for careful mailing, postal regulations that might affect your creative boundaries, guides for building envelopes and keeping your delivery person happy, even some starter postcards and "mailing seals" (I call 'em stickers) in the back. Those newly pondering a stamp-based relationship can even find a pen pal and kick-start a friendship by post, all within the bounds of this book. Good Mail Day offers a scrapbook-style design, brightly-lighted photographs, scads of information and backstory, and puffy clouds of space to let the ideas drift straight off the page and into your brain. In back, a gallery by name, but, really, it's a museum of shiny ideas that didn't quite make it into the how-to section. Don't be frightened if there are umpteen things you want to make immediately. What's fantastic about the book is how simple the ingredients are for such complex, memorable mail. Around 95% of the materials are free, gleaned from old cards, labels, catalogs, anything made of paper and then other things as well. Think of the book as a jumping-off point, portable inspiration for a lifetime of postal interchange. A primer indeed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is a nifty little book. It doesn't blow up the world for people who've been naturally signifying their correspondence, but the authors provide affirmation that others are doing it too and show you how to connect with your postal art comrades. There might be a few nuggets of interest for mail artists who already know this world and explored various techniques. I don't consider myself an expert. I would assess myself as intermediate-level. I do try to make my notes, letters, cards and envelop This is a nifty little book. It doesn't blow up the world for people who've been naturally signifying their correspondence, but the authors provide affirmation that others are doing it too and show you how to connect with your postal art comrades. There might be a few nuggets of interest for mail artists who already know this world and explored various techniques. I don't consider myself an expert. I would assess myself as intermediate-level. I do try to make my notes, letters, cards and envelopes beguiling, but I don't send my efforts beyond my circle of friends and family. I definitely enjoyed this book. The flexible, sturdy trade binding and eye-popping illustrations delighted my eye. I appreciated all the pertinent websites that could help me create art, share it and document it. The authors pepper the sites throughout the chapters, but also include an index of all the them in the back. There were new ideas (artist stamps!) for me that launched new projects. The text is written capably and concisely, so I was able to clip through it quickly. That's because I'm acquainted with many of the concepts. This book, ideally, would be a game-changer for someone who compulsively decorates their envelopes with stickers or makes their own cards--someone who hasn't taken the next step of completely tweaking out a missive with hand-stitching, paper collaging, hand drawings, etc. One of the best things the author, Hinchcliff, does is reiterate that it's a very open, accepting and rewarding experience in which to participate. My neighborhood postal clerks enjoy inspecting my wrapped-up bonhomie, and they share tips and advice all the time. Hinchcliff also expresses that courtesy and patience will get you very far in a post office, which I also know to be true. This is a unique book that's not too heavy-handed and offers all kinds of encouragement to experiment. I would actually recommend this book as a gift idea for an art/craft-inclined tween and up, as well as for people in your life who take the time to brighten up your mailbox with messages handled with care.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kopel

    I read this book in a morning at Borders. I used to do a lot of mail art, but rarely do any these days. This book was a delight, I referred it to two friends right away. Mostly I knew what it had to say, but the information was wonderfully clear and presented in a fun way and very inspirational. I came home and did a little mail art. Great for a beginner, but also inspiring for someone with experience. More eye candy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    liberal sprinkles

    I'm so happy I stumbled across this book in the library. I love it! The photos are lovely, the artworks delicious and the book is pure fun. - It sets down rules: among them, "no returns" - yay!; "give as good as you get"; "document". - It spells out the 10 commandments. My favorite: Thou shalt be irreverent. - It gives plenty of advice (the 7 seven sins of mailing; 7 suggestions for shepherding your mail art safely to its destination) and - there are great tips and reminders on looking out for inspi I'm so happy I stumbled across this book in the library. I love it! The photos are lovely, the artworks delicious and the book is pure fun. - It sets down rules: among them, "no returns" - yay!; "give as good as you get"; "document". - It spells out the 10 commandments. My favorite: Thou shalt be irreverent. - It gives plenty of advice (the 7 seven sins of mailing; 7 suggestions for shepherding your mail art safely to its destination) and - there are great tips and reminders on looking out for inspiration, collecting junk (oh dear, I see I'm going to need another house to store more of all that wonderful collectible treasures I'm going to be picking up) - It shares techniques for paper folding, making your own stamps and stencils, etc etc... - and of course it gets you started on designing and creating your wonderful mail art. Time to make some cards, envelopes and stuff to send to the rest of the world. 5+++ !!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Enjoyable look at the history of mail art, with plenty of tips and ideas for creating and sending your own mail art.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    What fun. This book is filled with such great ideas & cute pictures I had to start reading it as soon as it arrived in my mailbox. Love the "Ten Commandments of Mail Art," the chapter creating a traveling mail art kit, fun ways to decorate envelopes, and they even included an envelope template and stickers. In short, it's filled with great ideas that even a non-artistic person like myself can use to send creative mail. What fun. This book is filled with such great ideas & cute pictures I had to start reading it as soon as it arrived in my mailbox. Love the "Ten Commandments of Mail Art," the chapter creating a traveling mail art kit, fun ways to decorate envelopes, and they even included an envelope template and stickers. In short, it's filled with great ideas that even a non-artistic person like myself can use to send creative mail.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    I wanted to like this more than I did. I think I was expecting more of a primer - more "how to" content. Instead, it addresses the "why to" and provides a lot of inspiring examples. The examples are great, but the book was not what I expected overall. Go make a good mail day for someone - send mail art! Or even just a card. :^) I wanted to like this more than I did. I think I was expecting more of a primer - more "how to" content. Instead, it addresses the "why to" and provides a lot of inspiring examples. The examples are great, but the book was not what I expected overall. Go make a good mail day for someone - send mail art! Or even just a card. :^)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    "When you write to your friends, make your letters so beautiful in form and text that they will be read, re-read, and cherished a long time after as a fond memory." ~Book of Etiquette, 1922 "When you write to your friends, make your letters so beautiful in form and text that they will be read, re-read, and cherished a long time after as a fond memory." ~Book of Etiquette, 1922

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    As is true for many – or even most – DIY and art instruction texts, this book would've looked much better in its print or even Kindle edition. But Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler's Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art's actual audience is artists (or even those who would only call themselves "hobbyists") who already have some experience with producing ATCs, decos, collaborative art journals, or other mailed/shared/traded art forms, so more textual information As is true for many – or even most – DIY and art instruction texts, this book would've looked much better in its print or even Kindle edition. But Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler's Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art's actual audience is artists (or even those who would only call themselves "hobbyists") who already have some experience with producing ATCs, decos, collaborative art journals, or other mailed/shared/traded art forms, so more textual information and less step-by-step, pictorial how-tos is actually what's warranted here. Since the mail art community is an entire culture in and of itself, it was useful (and in my opinion, necessary), to include ample information on the history and development of mail art, its terminology, structure, and etiquette. For the general technical know-how needed to make two-dimensional art in the first place, this book wisely leaves the artist to his or her own skills or preferences, or to one of the literally hundreds of how-to books on the subject. Instead, it focuses on specific issues unique to mail artists: Is that hand-rendered painting on the envelope waterproof? Is the address clearly visible? Is the material sturdy enough to withstand automatic sorting machines? What exactly constitudes this lost form we call the written letter, and how can I make it look spiffy, including beautifying my penmanship? The book goes into enough depth to serve as a useful reference further into your mail art career: how to manage a substantial volume of incoming and outgoing mail, how to respond to formal calls for entries, and even how to run your own mail art project and follow it up with the expected, appropriate "documentation". It also contains many gorgeous photo examples, but as is my complaint for any Hoopla volume, I really hate that you can't zoom images (except within comic books). My only other complaint – and I suppose this is a function of the age of the book (it was published in 2009) – is that many of the URLs it contains don't work anymore, including the authors' own professional entity's. Granted this was the only mail art book I've ever read or even browsed, but I was exactly the right audience for it, and I learned what I'd hoped to about how the whole process works. I would have appreciated a little more of what I call "art porn" (beautiful pictures of examples, found in my "eye-candy" shelf) but I know I'll be able to find that on current websites with just a simple Google search. Please note however that this book is not for beginning artists who lack familiarity or confidence with some sort of artistic medium; you certainly don't need to be Picasso, but you should be able to produce artwork you are proud enough to send away to new mail art friends, be it drawing, painting, rubber stamping, collage, etc. But for anyone with an artistic bent interested in the topic, who is captivated by idea of Pocket Letters but not by their many restrictions, or who just laments the passing of the age of postal correspondence and pen pals, this book was meant for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Fun to look through, and overall pretty good, but at times the authors got FAR too melodramatic about their passion for snail mail. "REDEEM EVERY WASTED MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE AND TURN IT INTO ART! NO LONGER WILL ALL YOUR SPARE TIME BE MEANINGLESS!" they reiterate a few too many times. Whoah. Just chill. I'm as passionate about snail mail, crafts, and my hobbies as many are, but it is OKAY to be doing nothing sometimes. Resting is ok. Pausing is ok. Life isn't meaningless if you aren't doing someth Fun to look through, and overall pretty good, but at times the authors got FAR too melodramatic about their passion for snail mail. "REDEEM EVERY WASTED MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE AND TURN IT INTO ART! NO LONGER WILL ALL YOUR SPARE TIME BE MEANINGLESS!" they reiterate a few too many times. Whoah. Just chill. I'm as passionate about snail mail, crafts, and my hobbies as many are, but it is OKAY to be doing nothing sometimes. Resting is ok. Pausing is ok. Life isn't meaningless if you aren't doing something with your hands every minute of every day. Aside from their almost-creepy enthusiastic tone, the book contains good resources to those new to the hobby, and anyone who likes snail mail will appreciate the photographs of the author's own private swaps, and the entries they received for Good Mail Day. It's a fun book to look through, but could have used some better editing. Sometimes the authors come on so strong, I'm sure they'll scare anyone new to snail mail away. And the DIYs in the book are VERY cut and dry, basic fare. In the day of Instagram and Pinterest for superb snail mail inspiration, it's easy to see their projects as very lackluster. All in all, however, the book is a good starting place.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    An interesting book that lays out a ton of rules and commandments for creating and sending mail, which turned me off so I just flipped through the rest of the book. I prefer pastels and shabby chic designs and decor, so that maybe why I wasn't inspired to rummage through recycling bins and find random "materials" (which I call junk) for making mail art. Maybe Elyse Major could write about about tinkered mail art. (Hint hint) :-) An interesting book that lays out a ton of rules and commandments for creating and sending mail, which turned me off so I just flipped through the rest of the book. I prefer pastels and shabby chic designs and decor, so that maybe why I wasn't inspired to rummage through recycling bins and find random "materials" (which I call junk) for making mail art. Maybe Elyse Major could write about about tinkered mail art. (Hint hint) :-)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tami Winbush

    Nice book, with good facts on how correspondence is used and mail art came to be, but I was really hoping for more hands on/how to information. On a second read through two years later into my mail obsession later I see more benefit from this book. More tips and tricks that can be gleaned from the pages. I would still have liked a little more step-by-step.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    OOooh! Pretty! Inspiring! Now I will make mail out of trash! And become an esteemed part of the NETWORK! :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

    Worthwhile for everyone who takes the time to look at it. Pre-dates the currently (2019) popular journal-making, ephemera-collecting artistic niche, and helps re-think communication. The antithesis of online social media, this “art-as-mail”, “mail as art” inspiration piece gives very creative but practical pointers on how to up your art game and exchange delightful mini-canvasses through the mail with friends, family, and fellow mail artists. The poem, “Please Write: Don’t Phone” by Robert Watso Worthwhile for everyone who takes the time to look at it. Pre-dates the currently (2019) popular journal-making, ephemera-collecting artistic niche, and helps re-think communication. The antithesis of online social media, this “art-as-mail”, “mail as art” inspiration piece gives very creative but practical pointers on how to up your art game and exchange delightful mini-canvasses through the mail with friends, family, and fellow mail artists. The poem, “Please Write: Don’t Phone” by Robert Watson (1980) tricks the reader into a realization that looms even larger now, with so much non-tangible communication that entangles us today. Sadly, ten years from its publishing (2009), many of the website references by the authors are no longer active, but the book may be more relevant today than ever.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    I think I slightly misunderstood the title. I was expecting this to be a book about how to create beautiful art through my letters, but instead, it was about a whole subculture of creating art that gets sent through the mail. So, I thought "mail art" meant lovely letters, and they meant elaborately decorated envelopes with hand-crafted stamps, etc. It's a fun idea, no complaints here. But, it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. The ideas here are very "altered art" and collage, so if that's your I think I slightly misunderstood the title. I was expecting this to be a book about how to create beautiful art through my letters, but instead, it was about a whole subculture of creating art that gets sent through the mail. So, I thought "mail art" meant lovely letters, and they meant elaborately decorated envelopes with hand-crafted stamps, etc. It's a fun idea, no complaints here. But, it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. The ideas here are very "altered art" and collage, so if that's your sort of thing, you'll just devour this book. A plus if you're also a fan of letter-writing and snail mail. I happen to be a fan of both, but I don't really practice collage, so again, this didn't quite do what I was hoping it would do. Still, a fascinating book and well-worth the read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenge - Non-fiction November 2019 - Design (1), Sport (2), True (3), Voice (4). Mail art artists give voice to their truths, interests, moods, and ideas through designing eye-catching and thought-provoking mail, and communication with friends as well as strangers often in a collaborative, project/theme driven effort. Although this book is for the practicing or incipient die-hard mail artists, it can be instructive and inspirational for the occasional mail writer who wants to spruce up the ma Challenge - Non-fiction November 2019 - Design (1), Sport (2), True (3), Voice (4). Mail art artists give voice to their truths, interests, moods, and ideas through designing eye-catching and thought-provoking mail, and communication with friends as well as strangers often in a collaborative, project/theme driven effort. Although this book is for the practicing or incipient die-hard mail artists, it can be instructive and inspirational for the occasional mail writer who wants to spruce up the mail they send to family and friends. Book includes an envelope template, plain postcards, and mail seals and well as a history of mail art. The main point: to receive mail (other than bills and circulars), you must send mail.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauryn

    I never realized just how much mail art and Dadism and the Fluxus movement were tied together! All the connections are starting to make sense to me now. A delightful guide that is sure to inspire and motivate people to think outside of the box and send some mail!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn-Elin Fraser

    Fun and creative way to jumpstart your letter writing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joan Marie

    A fun book to browse for those who love to think outside the box, or in this case, the envelope.

  23. 5 out of 5

    liberal sprinkles

    I'm so happy I stumbled across this book in the library. I love it! The photos are lovely, the artworks delicious and the book is pure fun. - It sets down rules: among them, "no returns" - yay!; "give as good as you get"; "document". - It spells out the 10 commandments. My favorite: Thou shalt be irreverent. - It gives plenty of advice (the 7 seven sins of mailing; 7 suggestions for shepherding your mail art safely to its destination) and - there are great tips and reminders on looking out for inspi I'm so happy I stumbled across this book in the library. I love it! The photos are lovely, the artworks delicious and the book is pure fun. - It sets down rules: among them, "no returns" - yay!; "give as good as you get"; "document". - It spells out the 10 commandments. My favorite: Thou shalt be irreverent. - It gives plenty of advice (the 7 seven sins of mailing; 7 suggestions for shepherding your mail art safely to its destination) and - there are great tips and reminders on looking out for inspiration, collecting junk (oh dear, I see I'm going to need another house to store more of all that wonderful collectible treasures I'm going to be picking up) - It shares techniques for paper folding, making your own stamps and stencils, etc etc... - and of course it gets you started on designing and creating your wonderful mail art. Time to make some cards, envelopes and stuff to send to the rest of the world. 5+++ !!

  24. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    This was fun, with a quick history of mail art from the 20th century on (dada to fluxus), and a whole host of GOOD ADVICE on what you can do that will make it through the post - and what usually doesn't work but has been tried. (someone mailed a clay brick? seriously? I can just imagine how much it cost in postage...) I won't lie, I felt a little melancholy reading this. My local post office has been cut and hammered into nigh nonexistence as the powers that be try to bully everyone into online This was fun, with a quick history of mail art from the 20th century on (dada to fluxus), and a whole host of GOOD ADVICE on what you can do that will make it through the post - and what usually doesn't work but has been tried. (someone mailed a clay brick? seriously? I can just imagine how much it cost in postage...) I won't lie, I felt a little melancholy reading this. My local post office has been cut and hammered into nigh nonexistence as the powers that be try to bully everyone into online prepay postage by making the experience of going to post office horrible. I asked one of the clerks after waiting in line 30 minutes for one single teller to work through a line of cranky people,'isn't doing that rather short sighted?' and the reply i got was 'you could try to write your friendly congressman, maybe...' This book was released in 2009, amazing how even just 7 short years can change things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I really enjoyed paging through this pretty book and will draw a ton of inspiration from it. My current infatuation with snail mail will be a lot more creative and colorful based on many of the ideas offered in both the text and the beautiful photos. I especially liked the idea of creating a portable mail art kit to take with me on trips and how to get inventive with various materials while corresponding on vacations. This really covers all aspects of creative mailing: the history of mail art, t I really enjoyed paging through this pretty book and will draw a ton of inspiration from it. My current infatuation with snail mail will be a lot more creative and colorful based on many of the ideas offered in both the text and the beautiful photos. I especially liked the idea of creating a portable mail art kit to take with me on trips and how to get inventive with various materials while corresponding on vacations. This really covers all aspects of creative mailing: the history of mail art, the importance of handwriting, postal etiquette, etc. It also includes some tear-out blank postcards with design suggestions and some fabulous mail-themed stickers, as well as tons of resources online and off. I will definitely keep this handy for reference and inspiration.

  26. 5 out of 5

    diane

    I love mail. I love art. This is a mail art book with some history of the movement along with helpful tips on how to get started and how to adhere to the established rules of the art movement, of which there are only three: no jury/no returns/documentation for all. That phrase was enough to pique my interest, and it certainly turned out to be a lovely find. Will be using this book as reference as there are many good tips as well as web sites and other information.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Garcia

    I really enjoyed this book! It has a bunch of history bits and anecdotes without being boring. It has many cool ideas with things you can find at home. I like the artist stamps chapter, it was probably my favorite. I enjoyed the extra stickers on the back! The gallery is very cool and interesting and I wish they had even more examples. The references to other books and websites are great. I wish they had gone a little bit more artistic but for that I could buy a mixed media book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    NoBeatenPath

    A fabulous inspiration for seasoned Mail Art practitioners and people coming to it for the first time alike. Mail Art is using the postal system to be inspired and disseminate art, and is great fun! This book not only has some useful 'how-tos' but also examples of existing work, and pointers on things such as etiquette and handwriting. Even if you don't know what Mail Art is all about but like things to do with paper, or mail, or stationery, this would be a book worth checking-out. A fabulous inspiration for seasoned Mail Art practitioners and people coming to it for the first time alike. Mail Art is using the postal system to be inspired and disseminate art, and is great fun! This book not only has some useful 'how-tos' but also examples of existing work, and pointers on things such as etiquette and handwriting. Even if you don't know what Mail Art is all about but like things to do with paper, or mail, or stationery, this would be a book worth checking-out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Truly enjoyed the history, as well as the photographs, in this book. Authors seemed to do quite a bit of research. Love the sense of mail voyeurism as I paged through the collection. The how-to sections, postcards and stickers have prompted me to start up mail art again, but this time with my daughter and hopefully, niece.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sonya

    I enjoyed this book! It has a really nice way of explaining the history of mail art and the photographs and illustration is really nice. I enjoyed looking at the Mail Art Mailbox artwork from around the globe. I think this book is great for people who are new to mail art and I like the postcard templates in the book and think they will help anybody learn where to start.

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