Every so often, I like to browse the images over in the Letter Writers Alliance Flickr group. This time, two mail artists really caught my eye. I am lucky enough to call them both pen pals, and am consistently amazed with their letters and art in my mail box. It's such a treat to see their other work as well.
Laura, AKA The Suburban Pen Pal, is currently working on a Master's thesis about mail art. I have seen her work evolve over years of correspondence, and am so impressed by her work that I have one letter from her that I have never even opened, for fear of destroying the art. This is the first letter that I have ever done that for, and, admittedly, it was lost in the mail for a long time; so she had sent me a make-up letter. If I didn't have the substitute letter, I would probably have opened it with extreme care. Here are some of my favorite current works by Laura.
The one on the pink background is the one I haven't opened.
My second favorite in the Flickr group is someone who has been featured on the blog before for his mail experiments. David has really been branching out into the more visual section of the mail art sphere, but he still retains his conceptual, structurally challenging ways. His "unvelopes" created by rubberbands and paperclips around postcards are quite daring. He's been keeping a Tumblr of his mail which I think is a great idea and am tempted to do myself.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these pieces and have hopefully been inspired. If you are, please consider adding your works to our Flickr group as well!