Real mail

I just received a fantastic envelope of postal goodness from Marguerite of Piccadilly Post, who is also a member of the Post Post Post Club.  In a little glassine packet, I found a strip of beautiful faux postage, which are based on handmade postcards sent by Marguerite on PostCrossing.  What I love is that each artistamp includes the date & destination of the original postcards, which I think is a lovely touch – alongside the Piccadilly Post ‘real mail’ postmark stamp.  Marguerite’s letter (written in tiny handwriting on lined & embellished luggage tags) explained how ‘real mail’ came to be part & parcel of her life when she went away to college, and she still stays in touch with her mother by real mail now – sweet!  Thank you for such a wonderfully unexpected treat – some real mail will be heading your way soon, in return. 🙂

New things!

Check out the TangleCrafts Etsy Store for newly added items!  

First up is a brand new & revamped version of the Post Post Post Club – not only does it include a brand new issue of the Meta Mail Art Zine (available exclusively to club members), but you will also receive a membership card (entitling you to free gifts with future orders); a postmark address book, with PPP-exclusive mailing labels; plus exclusive mail art postcards to play with.  See the Etsy listings for full details & additional photos.  There are lots of different elements involved with each club package, so I will only be making limited memberships available at a time, so that I can keep on top of putting them all together.

And if you’re up for some mail art but fancy something a little bit different, why not enter into employment with the Local Post of Tangledom, as a Travelling Post Officer?  The Post Officer’s Companion will tell you all you need to know, and comes complete with a sample booklet of TangleStamps, a Travelling Post rubber stamp for cancellations, and a DIY TangleStamp kit for your own unique mulberry paper artistamp creations.

And remember – Christmas is coming!  I can’t make any promises, as we all know that the postal services at this time of year can be unreliable, to say the least, but if you place your order before the end of November, I will do my best to have your order reach you before Christmas.  The earlier you can order the better, though! Don’t forget, you will receive a free mini-zine with any order placed before the end of November!

Friends & Faux: the postcards’ progress continues…

Here are the latest updates from the Friends & Faux project.  Great to see that some of the earlier cards are still happily travelling the world.  #26 just has one space left to be filled, so hopefully that one will be coming home before too much longer – will keep you posted!

Cards below, clockwise from upper left:
F&F 17, F&F 21, F&F 38, F&F 55, F&F 61 and F&F 26.

Real faux postage!

I just received a packet in the post today.  Normally I would be disappointed to see it was stamped with one of the generic Royal Mail postage labels (as shown upper left) rather than ‘real’ postage stamps; but today’s generic label made me laugh – the label has been made to look like an enlarged version of a real 1st class stamp, right down to the Machin design profile of the queen and the serrated edges.  It’s real postage that looks like a real postage stamp, except that it’s a faux postage stamp – genius!

Maybe they have decided to try to lure stamp collectors into collecting labels instead – or probably as well!  To be honest, I really wouldn’t mind the generic labels so much at all if they were to start issuing them with interesting background designs, like this one.  I’ll have to keep an eye on this development.  I like. 😀

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 – the first wanderers return!

It was with complete lack of prescience that I opened two envelopes that dropped onto my doormat, this morning.  They were both from overseas, but I receive letters and mail art of all kinds, every day, so I had no reason to believe that these particular envelopes held anything of especial significance (beyond the usual happiness at receiving interesting mail).  So to say I was somewhat excited when I opened the first envelope to discover the completed face of Friends & Faux Postcard #1 is something of an understatement!  It has travelled from the UK to Australia, back to the UK, to the U.S.A. to Argentina and finally home, with wonderful artistamps added at every step of the journey. The back of the postcard is almost as interesting, with the over-labelled addresses, plus postage stamps and postmarks from the various countries it has visited en route:I was thrilled enough at the prospect of documenting the return of Postcard #1, but my happy mail day did not end there – oh no!  Upon opening the second envelope, in a state of equal unawareness as I had the first, I was amazed to see the return home of a second Friends & Faux postcard, this time #8! How curious/coincidental that I should receive them both on the same day, later in the same week that I had posted my first update on the project.  Both cards must, of course, have been mailed before my update post which just intensifies the level of happy coincidence.

I was even more surprised by the return of Postcard #8 than #1, as I had received no updates on its progress whatsoever, since it left my hands.  I know it first travelled to the U.S.A.  and returned home via Australia, but where did it stop off, in between?  Here I acknowledge the failure in my postcard design –
I have spaces for names and dates, but not locations (or means of contact).  D’oh!  So if you are reading this & happen to know the locations of Kit Gonzales-Moore, ASKA, T-Lea or Pete Spence, please do drop me a line to let me know, so that I can update the Postcard Log accordingly.

But regardless of my shortcomings in logging the in-transit progress of these postcards, I am very grateful to all who contributed to them en route!  Thank you for your creative additions and for keeping the cards moving. 🙂  I really didn’t expect any of the cards to make it home so soon, so I am super-pleased with this result, and now even more eagerly awaiting the return of more.

There is currently no deadline on joining the Friends & Faux project, so if you would like your very own postcard to add your very own artistamp, please get in touch, and I will set the wheels in motion. I’m so excited about this project now! Can you tell? 😀

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…!
Click here for full details.

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:

What’s everyone up to?

I’ve had some great updates in the last week! And it’s always cool to see what other people are working on, so if you’ve been inspired to try something by one of my kits or zines, do let me know so that I can share 🙂

wall hangingFirst up today is Sharon Schmeidel – back in January, she bought one of my ATC weaving kits and has been weaving away ever since. In her own words, tapestry weaving has become “another passion I should probably have done without”! The scale has increased somewhat since her ATC-sized beginnings – I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this wall-hanging is pretty awesome! Sharon is a member of the Iowa Art Quilters Group, and this piece has been on display in Grenell, Iowa, over the summer, at a show in conjunction with an area weaving conference. Cool!

doodle stitchI was also really happy to see Robin O. Mayberry’s post on her Alchemy Studio blog, about the bookmark she doodle-stitched, after I sent her a copy of my new ‘Contours’ zine, less than a month ago! The zine is all about doodles, and at the very last minute, I decide to include a bookmark as an extra. I didn’t have time to trial the concept first, so I just hoped that it would work – and it looks like it did – hurrah! Huge thanks to Robin for being my guinea pig & actually trying it out :-). If you would like to try it yourself, every bookmark that comes with the Contours zine is hand-doodled, and will be similar but different to Robin’s, so your doodle-stitching is guaranteed to be unique.

faux stampedAnd last but not least, I received a great piece of post from Kristina Howells in France. I’ve been taking part in some faux postage projects, lately (although Kristina was very quick off the mark with this one, & I haven’t created, let alone sent my response, yet!). The envelope I received from Kristina had 2 ‘real’ stamps at the top, which had been duly postmarked, but also a faux postage stamp just beneath – and what tickled me was that the faux stamp had also been postmarked! I hadn’t got too far yet with my ideas for the faux postage project, but receiving this really prompted me to give it some thought & I’m itching to get started, now…