Monday, May 30, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
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."
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 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'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!
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
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.
Monday, May 2, 2011
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.