Mail art postcard created by Laurent Molet from Belgium for the exhibition ‘this is where i go’ | his website: http://laurentmolet.com/
Registration has opened for the free workshop on mail art coming up in June.
Here are the details:
The workshop is free but registration is required. Open to adults and children aged 12 and up.
Location: Family Room at Britannia Community Centre
Join Artist/Facilitator Laura Bucci and learn about mail art, a worldwide cultural movement that began in the early 60s and involves sending visual art through the postal system. This workshop will help you get started and to create a postcard for a mail art exhibition in November at Britannia Art Gallery as well as creating postcards for other projects or for friends.. The artist will supply all materials to make a collage postcard using a variety of paper, rubber stamping, postal stickers, washi tape (decorative adhesive tape), colour pencils and markers. A typewriter will be available to add your own text. Bring a glue stick and scissors.
Maximum of 20 participants.
Online through the Parks Board Website (limited registrations allowed online, if full online call to register)| By phone (604 718 5800) or in person quote course number 42929.201. In person at Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street.
What is your mother language? Mine is Italian. February 21st is International Mother Language Day. This event has been celebrated since February 2000 “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. (See the UNESCO site for more info). I have to admit this is the first year I’ve heard about it and only because I was invited to facilitate a drop-in event.
February 23rd, Saturday: I will be facilitating a drop-in activity for the whole family. Join me for Collage Button Pin Making. Bring words in your own language (printed on regular copy paper) and use an abundance of visually appealing collage materials. Location: Family Room across from the Britannia Public Library. Free.
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February 16 and 23: The Roundhouse Community Centre will also be hosting several events
I am happy to say I have kept up my timed 5-minute practice experiment that I started a couple of weeks ago. It feels pretty good doing this quick practice so I am committing to more of it… maybe for a year, maybe less. I’m not good with super long plans/commitments, I mean who knows what other interesting things might catch my attention.
By doing this timed practice, I am realizing that if I were to continue for a year, I’d end up with 365 ‘sketches.’ These could be inspiration for other work—a personal visual resource.
As I do them, I get more ideas on how to do them. For example, the past week I focused on pattern. The week before on text.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 1st 2013 I am starting a new week for this timed practice for which now I have a dedicated sketchbook.
Last week I also tried to continue with the slow art experiment but with no success, so I’ll have to try again. The problem was simply that I did not like what I was creating.
The past week I focused on pattern with a bit of collage. I incorporated the inspiration for the pattern within the drawing wherever I could. Most of the patterns were inspired by the inside design of security envelopes.
Thursday – inspired by British designer Orla Kiely. You can just see her book at the back of the photo.
Saturday – inspired by pattern of a business card by mikind, a ceramic studio from Medicine Hat.
Do you practice your craft? How do you practice?
This past Saturday I facilitated a workshop in mail art. I talked a little about the history and what mail art looked like before and now. We had several people in the workshop that had been active in mail art and some that are now active in the movement. It was great for participants to share their experience with postal art, tell their stories, and show us correspondence art that they had received.
For the workshop, I printed out some mail art project calls from this website: http://mailartprojects.blogspot.ca/. I find this is a great resource. Do you know of any others like this? Comment below.
I brought some books to the workshop, which are all available from the Vancouver Public Library:
- Ray Johnson : correspondences / exhibition organized by Donna De Salvo
- Creative correspondence / Michael & Judy Jacobs.
- With love, from me to you! : a zine about mail art / Melanie Coles.
- Mail me art : going postal with the world’s best illustrators and designers / Darren Di Lieto
Truth be told, I wish I had a better selection of books so I hope to build up my mail art library before the next workshop. So hey, if you want to give me a gift, you know what to look for. Without further ado, here are some shots from the workshop. Thanks everyone for being part of this! If you want to be alerted of the next mail art workshop, sign up for my newsletter.
I’ll be the artist in the window Saturday, October 13 from 1 to 4pm at Bird on a Wire.
I’ll be working on collage pocket mirrors. If you’ve been thinking of taking the workshop on November 25th, this is a good opportunity to come and learn about the process. Workshop info is here.
Also, a selection of my fabric and collage pocket mirrors are now available at Bird on a Wire.
Join me November 25th from 1 to 4pm and make your own one-of-a-kind 3 inch pocket mirror! Only 10 spots available. No experience necessary.Learn an image transfer technique, use collage and rubber stamps. Type your special message with a vintage typewriter! All materials provided. Please bring images you’d like to work with for the image transfers. These should be photocopies or laser prints of images or illustrations about 3 inches wide/long. More info on the workshop.
Price: $45, includes one pocket mirror, extras are $3 each
Where: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street in the Family Activity Room, Vancouver
When: Sunday, November 25th 1 to 4 pm
Register online here or at the info centre at Britannia Community Centre.
This coming Sunday, September 30, from 1 to 4pm you’ll find me at The Word on The Street in Vancouver. I’ll be in the Family Literacy Tent facilitating collage button pin making. All ages welcome. A free activity.
The Word on The Street is a national book and magazine festival happening in Vancouver, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax.
See you there!
Needed: 3 adult participants to test run my first pocket mirror workshop at a discount. This trial will be a 4 hour class, a bit longer if needed as this is a trial. You get to make three 3-inch pocket mirrors. One side is a mirror and the other side contains your collage.
In this workshop you will learn an image transfer technique that will give you more creative options to add to your collage arsenal. With an image transfer you can create more complex compositions. The see-through qualities of the transfer allows you to play with layering — showing details, colours, and shapes that are under your image layer.
Before class, you will need to email me two digital images or illustrations (could be your own or something from a book) that you’d like to use for your mirrors. Images can be at 72 dpi at Fine quality in your digital camera setting, images at 300 dpi are also fine. You might decide to work with one image and create three different compositions or you might find that only one image works well for this technique.
You will also have access to my typewriter to easily add your own text as well as a large variety of materials for collage; and rubber stamps. You will come out with 3 pocket mirrors. See more examples of my pocket mirrors here. You can bring your own collage materials and rubber stamps.
Requirements: email me your digital images before class or bring a book that has images you’d like to work with
When: Saturday, October 29, 11 – 3
Trial price: $45, max 3 students (adults only)