When I think about it, I've been a "mail artist" ever since I was a kid. I had a grandfather and a father who were both avid stamp collectors...and naturally I was attracted to the "art" that went into every stamp or first day cover that I got my hands on. My collections never grew to the size of my mentors and over the years I have sold off or given away most of what I had collected. Even still, my love for a well designed stamp or a colorful envelope is ever with me.
What is "mail art". It's hard to explain...it's just "art" done for fun on a surface that's acceptable to the Postal System...and mailed! Simple as that. It doesn't have to have a "theme" or a "message"...just create "art" and mail it to someone...for free! Of course, one does expect to receive a piece of mail art back...but not necessarily from the same person you sent it to...that way there's no "keeping score" which makes it all the more fun. In their book, Good Mail Day, Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler explain all of this in more detail...and give great primers to get one started...even templates and blanks if you need them!
I started sending mail art out a couple of years ago to my daughters who are away at school...which has been fun but now I'm looking to create a group of "mail art pals" (like pen pals...) to send, swap, share, etc. mail art with....so consider this invite to join up with something that's a lot of fun. If you are interested, just send me an email with your address...and I'll start building a list that I will share...and sending out mail art to everyone. So come play!!