Stamps!

Project Dissimulation logoJust a reminder that I still have an open call for bird-themed used stamps (& artistamps) for Project Dissimulation.  I’ve received some beautiful stamps already, and am really looking forward to craftifying them!  The first Project zine will be issued in April, to coincide with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (in the UK; not sure if this is international or not), but I will be continuing to collect stamps & artistamps for the project & will release further mini-zines as material is collected.  Follow the link for full details of the Project & how you can help.

Postal Ephemera PackIf you’re fond of postage stamps but don’t have any bird stamps for the Project, don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you!  I’ve also recently decided to clear out some of my excess hoard of used Machin stamps – can I tempt you?  I’ve put together some colour themed packs in the TangleStore so that you can creatively upcycle them however you Machin Gift Setchoose, because with the best will in the world, I will never have enough time to use them all myself!  I’ve also put together a couple of packs with a stamp-upcycling mini-zine for inspiration.  This mini-zine was written in 2011 but hasn’t been available for sale before & will only be available now while my stocks of these used stamps remain.  See listings for more pics & info.

Friends & Faux – another wanderer returns!

The third Friends and Faux postcard has made it home!
(Well, actually the 33rd…)


This postcard has not travelled as far and wide as some – it first travelled to Canada…then stayed there!  But it still displays a great selection of artistamps, including 2 hand-carved beauties for true mail art ‘traditionalists’ 😉 .  I especially love Misti Ko’s additional hand-carved cancellation mark – sweet touch!  It should also be noted that a true mail art celebrity has hereby joined the project: Anna Banana, prominent & proactive mail artist over the last few decades, I’m very happy to welcome you to the Friends & Faux fun. 🙂

We also have updates on several more postcards, including another celebrity contribution, with the return of Beanie Mouse.  You can read the full photo-story on the found-art blog – there’s even a separate post  showing Beanie Mouse making his own artistamps, and flipping through his album!  The other postcards that have touched base but continue to travel are 21, 27, 42 and 45:

…and just as I was posting this, another update arrived!  F&F 59 is another one that is going Canada crazy: 🙂

Don’t forget if you would like to join the project & add your own artistamp to a Friends & Faux Postcard, just send me an email.  Likewise, if you have added your own artistamp to a card already, please drop me a quick line with a photo/scan of the postcard so far (plus your name and address) to receive a FREE zine at the end of the project (sometime still in the dim and distant future…).

Special request: Have you received a Friends & Faux postcard but can’t think who to send it on to? Please get in touch using the link above.

Friends & Faux: the Postcards’ Progress

It’s only a couple of weeks since my last report on the Friends & Faux project, but the updates have been rolling in, so I thought it was time to share. 🙂

First up is Beanie Mouse, a contributor to Friends & Faux #1, whose contribution I failed to highlight at the time.  To make amends, here he is watching the glue dry on the stamp he has just applied to the postcard.  You can see more pics of Beanie Mouse inspecting the mail he receives, and even with gluestick in hand at the Found-Art Blogspot.

In the last month, I have sent out a further 16 postcards – you can track their progress here.  Or you can request a postcard to be sent for you to add your own artistamp by simply dropping me a line. If a mouse can do it, so can you! In the meantime, here are the updates received for postcards 26, 32 & 33…:

Friends & Faux – beginnings

As the Going Postal project draws to a close (end August),
the
Friends and Faux project is still barely in its infancy!  For this project, I am sending out postcards, stamped by the Local Post of Tangledom, and asking recipients to add their own faux postage stamp to the cad – then pass it on.  There is space on each postcard for 8 artistamps, which once full – I hope! – will return home to me, so I can document their journey.  Anyone who adds an artistamp to one of the (numbered) project postcards and sends a scan/photo to me of their contribution before mailing it onward will receive a free copy of…whatever zine emerges, once the project ends…!
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So far, only 34 numbered Friends & Faux postcards are ‘out there’ in the world!  I have been logging their journeys here.  But I will be sending out a new batch soon.  Would you like to take part?  Just drop me a line with your name and postal address and a new postcard will be logged to meander in your direction.  Have you requested a postcard previously and not received it?  Please get in touch again & I will send you a new postcard.

Friends and Faux Postcard #1 (shown below) is the best-travelled so far, having reached (and been despatched from?) it’s 4th destination.  Sadly, I have lost the scan I was sent by recipient #2, but here is how it looked after its first stop:

Can’t wait to see how different it looks if/when it makes it home!

And here are a couple more postcards-in-progress, currently wending their way around the world…  As you can see, anything goes, in terms of style & embellishment.  For the sake of uniformity, I used the same TangleStamp to start each card (although I might now begin varying which I use), but the postmark design already shows 2 variations, and the next batch will show my most recent acquisition/variation.  But just a note, you do not have to have your own postcard stamp to play this game!  It’s all about the artistamps: