Who doesn’t like it, finding a beautiful envelop in the mailbox? Some envelopes are real pieces of art. Thanks to the book Good mail day, A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, everybody can make mail art!
The book starts with explaining why it’s so much fun to sent mail. I read this book when I didn’t at much inspiration to write letters and sent mail. But after reading the book, I immediately got my letter writing mood back! After this introduction, there are ten chapters about all aspects of mail art.
The first chapter is about the history of mail art. It’s interesting to read and see that the roots of mail art can be found by painters and other artists from the Dada art movement. The second chapter is about the do’s and don’ts of sending mail (art). Including the seven sins of sending mail! Now you know what mail art is, the history of it and the things you can and can’t do. The writers of the book tell you what you need to make mail art. Also the give some good advice to make a on the road kit so that you anywhere and at any time sent mail. I really like this idea! Maybe I should make my own mail on the road kit! Chapter four is about finding inspiration literally on the street! They encourage you to make mail art with things you find on the street. The chapters 5 and 6 are about making and decorating envelopes. Out of the box mail is the theme of chapter 7. In this chapter you can find strange and unusually objects that have been seen by mail. For example money in a see-through envelop (arrived including the money) or a hammer (didn’t arrive). How to make your own artist stamps will be explained in chapter 8. The next chapter is an ode to the hand written letter. In the final chapter you can find information and tips how to start your own mail art projects: how you start them, how you document them and how to keep track.
Through the whole book you can find lots of beautiful and inspiring pictures of mail art. When I was reading this book, I got a lot of inspiration and wanted to make my own mail art again! Besides the pictures, there is also a list with websites that are about mail art and sending mail. Furthermore there are four cards and lots of stickers that you can use for your mail art.
This book is very nice and inspiring. You can read it from front to the back or you can read the chapter about the subject that you’re interest in. I’m very happy that this book is part of my collection. Every time when I need inspiration or not in the mood to write, I often pick up this book and after reading and looking, I re-find my joy in creating piece of mail art.
Good mail day, A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.