Thursday, June 30, 2011
Hyottoko is a funny-faced male character that features in comical Japanese folk dances, and the hyottoko mask depicted here can often be found at souvenir stalls at summer festivals. This is a very summer-ish etegami from Mayumi.
Johnny says he found me through the Sketchbook Project 2012 Website. His hobby, as evidenced in this fascinating card, is letterboxing (Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle solving---Wikipedia), which Johnny says encourages the making of rubber stamps. This is all very new to me, so I'll have to learn more about it.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I mistakenly opened it before realizing the fascinating envelope itself was Amy's contribution to my rabbit mailart call. Titled "b.o'hare," it tells a story with a minimum of words and clever collaged images. It took me a while to recognize the rabbit shape where my postal address is. The number 911 at the bottom right edge cracked me up!
This charming envelope decorated with bunnies and carrots for my rabbit mailart call was filled with pretty stickers, a tea bag, and a perfume sample. : ) See Julie (Pucelilina)'s blog The little world of Pucelilina.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
A decorated envelope for my rabbit mailart call from Guido with the title "In the Rabbit Hole." Inside the envelope was information on other recommended mailart calls and a photograph of roses from his garden. Beautiful!
Kiera sent me documentation of the Language and Culture Mail Art Show that is taking place in Montreal until the end of August. The photo above shows the goodies she sent me along with the documentation-- one of her trademark face sketches, and an ATC of a thumbprint. Cool.
The item in the top photo folds up into a charming little 8-page booklet titled "Zoology of POKU." The second photo shows the decorated envelope and one side of another folded card that has a total of four images of a rabbit for my rabbit mailart call. : )
A postcard and documentation from the Otto von Bismark mail art call exhibited at the Museum Bismark in Bad Kissingen. The documentation is a lovely, high-quality catalog of mailart received and displayed during the exhibition. Thanks, Roland!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I LOVE this print-collage of a pair of mutsugoro (blue spotted mud skipper) for which the Ariake Sea in Kyushu is known. Fumiko, who is from Kyushu, must be quite familiar with these comical, and apparently delicious, creatures.
Krisztina's mailart shows a loaf of bread with a message of hope. The ribbon across the top has the colors of the Hungarian flag (yes, I had to look it up), and notice the flag of Japan in the bottom corner. Bright, cheerful, and brimming with "hope."
This piece of mailart, titled "Asemic Rabbit," had me running to Google to find out what this asemic business is all about. I had seen the word on the IUOMA website, but never really paid attention till now. Hooray, another one for my rabbit collection!
Another fabulous paper-cut postcard from Fumiko. This one has a stylized version of the kanji for "faith." I believe she is thinking of the difficulties that lie ahead, as Japan tries to rebuild from the aftermath of the earthquake and related disasters.