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Today I am creating and returning mail art to the two authors of A Good Mail Day, Jennie Hinchcliff & Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. These two darling women not only wrote a fabulous book that celebrates sending wacky, tacky and marvelously obscure artwork through the mail, but low and behold, they sent ME a thank you package for the review posted last fall on Canadian Girl Scout’s blog :)

Such a coup to find feedback to my blog musings (and in such a tangible format too)! My husband was wowed and astonished. For a moment I felt like a celebrity as I showed him the spread of goodies packed up by the authors and shipped all the way from San Fran to Canada.

Just confirmation that a good word put in for someone, no matter how far away, how quietly or anonymous, really does come back to you. (Certainly this is true for the opposite as well, so let’s watch what tongue, pen and keyboard puts into existence.) Today is a day to feel the good vibes of the universe…. and the interconnectedness of us all.A Surprise In The Mail

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Hallelujah! I can’t believe what I found in the mailbox today… an unsolicited, unlookedfor, unimagined piece of mail art from a totally unknown person :D And they even addressed it to Canadian Girl Scout ! I guess that’s me ! WoWzers…. It has beautiful stamps, thick cardboard, a lovely seagreen colour and a picture taped to the other side. I feel so blessed today.

From "Bee" in New York

From "Bee" in New York

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While walking around Chapters with my tall-nonfat-Tazo-chai, I happened upon this new book, released September 1, 2009. I sat down and became engrossed. Each page brought a new sense of excitement and an invigorated sense that, “I could do this!”, which is the precise aim of authors Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. Hinchcliff and Wheeler entice with images of rough and tumbled envelopes lovingly scored, embossed, decoupaged, dipped, stained and stapled, while meticulously describing how you too can pick up pencil and postcard to create a piece of Mail Art in mere minutes. This is not a project-by-project how to description like a recipe or quilting book, but a “we dare you to try it” double-dare to pick up that scotch tape and scissor and send something unexpected to someone.

My favorite quote from the book is this: ‘To take the effort to write a letter (much less spend time on a piece of mail art) is to send a signal to someone that you want to go the extra mile for that person. It’s wooing your friends, charming strangers, and bringing joy to your acquaintances. Good mail is an affirmation: Yes, you ARE worth it.

Yes, my friends do deserve wooing. And now, I shall woo to my heart’s content; secure in the knowledge that although I can not draw a stick, I am still capable of sending and receiving ART in the mail. Hallelujah.

Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff & Carolee Gilligan Wheeler

Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff & Carolee Gilligan Wheeler

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This 2nd piece will be included in an exhibition in Belgium next month, celebrating the release of commemorative circus stamps. Anniversary of the Circus

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1st Piece of Mail Art

My first experience participating in a community Mail Art project takes place in Wales, UK this fall. Shoe Tales documents participants’ memories of their faithful walking companions. The ol’ dogs are barkin’ today.

Mail Art Project

Mail Art Project

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