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Archive for February 5th, 2004

Ukulele Mailart Call

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

Geoff Davis, the organizer of Midwest Ukefest, writes:

I put out a mailart call in conjuction with UkeFest. I thought you’d be interested since your website is all that comes up when I search “ukulele mailart”.

Well, that made my day! How cool. I like being the only one. Apparently some of my monthly weblog archives have both the words Ukulele and Mailart in them (I have not yet done any Ukulele-focused mailart but now I must try). That tickles my funny bone! How delightful.

Actually, I don’t do much mailart lately. I used to mail all sorts of fun things through the US Postal Service… plastic fish, plastic lawn flamingos (without legs), styrofoam wig heads (see photo), plastic and foam balls, a plastic bleach bottle (rinsed clean), as well as more normal shapes like postcards. Often I would embellish these items with rubberstamps (either purchased or made by me by carving erasers) or stickers, or markers. It was great fun. I love hearing the stories people tell of receiving a wig head out of the blue, coming home and finding it on their porch waiting for them… or in a bin of otherwise ordinary mail at a business warehouse dock.

If you would like to read about one person’s explanation of Mailart (everyone who participates seems to have a different definition) visit this page at Tabloid Trash. The ongoing theme of Mailart, though, no matter where you read it, is the equality of a mailbox as a place for artwork. Nobody judges your work, decides if it is good enough to be included, nobody puts a price tag on the work. You send it with no strings attached and “the mailbox is a museum.” Any expression is acceptable and welcomed in this environment. I find it very freeing.

Geoff’s Mailart call says 8-1/2 x 10 inch size (letter paper) for flat pieces and 8x8x8 for 3-D pieces. Now I have to think about what to do here. 8x8x8 is smaller than most of the 3-D items I’ve sent, but I think I can make it work. At least I have a little time.