Monday, May 30, 2011

mayumi miyagawa (japan)

From the main island of Japan, where the rainy season has already started, came this lovely etegami of an iris flower, accompanied by the words: "Even more resplendent in the rain."

carole marshall (australia)

This white chrysanthemum etegami is matched with the perfect haiku. Absoulutely perfect.

julie kesteman (belgium)

Charming decorated envelope (I'm AMAZED it came through the post intact) and equally charming card. And most delightful of all, a bag of herb tea and a chocolate coin!

lesley magwood fraser (south africa)

A sketch in Lesley's distinctive style, and on the other side, a photo of an unidentified bird and a real feather!

valentine mark herman (france)

A wide variety of images and words pasted onto a piece of corrugated cardboard. Thanks, Valentine!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

maria f (russia)

Two decorated envelopes with two different hand-painted rabbits. They arrived on the same day from Maria! The sleeping rabbits look so soft and huggable.

thom c courcelle (usa)

A comical rabbit with a pocket watch scurries across the various pages that came from Thom. A wonderful addition to my rabbit collection.

guido vermeulen (belgium)

The illustrated envelope is titled: Too Many Cooks, based on a classic crime novel by Rex Stout. Yes, Guido! I read it a long long time ago. And a reminder of Guido's current mailart call: "The Book of Ann."

carla cryptic (usa)

Carla's doing a rabbit mailart call too, in case you didn't know and would like to send her some of your rabbit work.

marni zainodin (malaysia)

Meticulous ink drawing of fish and waves and water ripples and various eyeballs. Such fun!

ryosuke cohen (japan)

Of course I'd heard rumors of Ryosuke's Brain Cell mailart, but this is the first time I've actually received a piece of his work in the mail. There's a discussion going on at the IUOMA website about what he's trying to do, for those who want to know more.

Monday, May 16, 2011

torma cauli (hungary)

Torma always sends me mailart that uses cool pictures from antique Asian art. This postcard seems to have been made from a print of an old art scroll illustrating a Japanese (or possibly Chinese?) folk tale. It fits perfectly into my rabbit mailart call. Thanks, Torma!

lothar trott (switzerland)

Lothar's first contribution to my mailart gallery came with a sheet of illustrations that fold up into a book titled "Zoolology of POKU," a humorous sketch of a mouse, and an enlarged version of one of the illustrations in the book. Oh! And on the back of the mouse sketch was a print of a paper clip, both in its usual state and twisted up like a pretzel. Great to have you here, Lothar!

shungo asada (japan)

I can just imagine Shungo relaxing with a cup of coffee as he whips these sketches out. He uses so few strokes, yet transforms each face in the crowd into a distinct individual. This sketch came with a gift of a hand-carved name seal for me to use with my etegami. I'm so excited!

Friday, May 13, 2011

yun (france)

This lovely etegami depicting Lily of the Valley (a lucky charm) is sent with Yun's desire that the people in Japan be blessed with lots of luck.

carole marshall (australia)

A whole tribe of rabbits packed into a little tin container painted with the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland! A charming addition to my rabbit collection.

shungo asada (japan)

I think this is another one of the thirteen buddhas in the series that Shungo has been painting. The words in the red block on the top left say "Let's walk with our faces turned upward." It is a line from a famous song that is being sung a lot these days in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

maria f (russia)

Maria's first submission to this gallery, and her first etegami ever! She's made a fabulous start, and I look forward to seeing her style develop.

valentine mark herman (france)

Thank you Valentine!

Monday, May 2, 2011

david berube (usa)

I adore David's humorous lino cut prints! This rabbit is a treasured addition to my rabbit mailart collection.

shungo asada (japan)

For some reason the post office cancelled the top left part of the illustration. One of those accidents that makes mail art interesting, I guess. The words in the red block refer to a prayer for "Daily Safety." The image depicts Fudō Myōō, one of the Thirteen Buddhas in Japan. Fudō Myōō means "Immovable Wisdom King." Shungo was most certainly thinking of recent events in Japan as he made this print.

mayumi miyagawa (japan)

"I'm pleased to make your acquaintance." A first from my new etegami friend Mayumi!