Ever since watching How To Draw A Bunny, I’ve been really interested in the idea of mail art. Although “some mail artists claim that Mail Art began when Cleopatra had herself delivered to Julius Caesar in a rolled-up carpet”, it is widely agreed that Ray Johnson was the main promoter of this cultural phenomenon, which gained a strong following in the early 1960s.
I’ve finally decided to use my gained inspiration from the work Ray Johnson did with his “New York Correspondence School” to create my own mail art group. As of yet, the group is unnamed, but I am currently seeking women (sorry, dudes!) who are interested in participating in my all-female collaborative project. The idea is to send mailable pieces of art (whether they are collages, paintings, illustrations, photos, poems, tapes, postcards, etc) to one another. We can also mail the same piece of art back and forth between people, letting each person add on until it’s finished. Eventually, we can post photos of our work online, make a zine about the project, and even try to sell some of the pieces if we want. There are lots of possibilities!
The mail art project is set to start in a couple of weeks, once my fiance and I have moved across the country and I know what my mailing address will be; so for right now, I’m gathering the addresses of people who want to be involved.
If you want to be a part of my women’s collaborative mail art project, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
(All featured images are pieces by Ray Johnson.)