Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Mail - I love December

My. P.O. Box, and even my home mailbox, have both been filling up with all sorts of holiday fun this month (and we still have nearly half a month to go).  Some of the latest treats include:
  1. Poland has a long tradition of paper arts and Karen Scott knows my love of maps well.   It comes together with Karen’s beautiful paper star made from New York MTA maps.
  2. Adrienne Mason  sent a handmade book from up in British Columbia that is outstanding. 
  3. Fleur Helsingor December piece is sidewalk, photo collage and homage to Oakland – my second-favorite city in the Bay Area.
  4. Dorothy Yuki sent a lovely hand-printed New Year’s card (the scan can’t do it justice).
  5. E. Coles sent me a piece from her Routes series that is exploring time, length and travel.  Again, the scanner can’t do it justice to show the texture and added hand stitching of the piece.  One of these days I need to have an exhibit just to show off all the mazing work I received in the mail.
  6. And finally, I received a calendar from Todd Young.  It chronicles this year’s art installations he created on the security gate of his home on Page Street in San Francisco.  Read an article about those here.  Todd is an artist who is helping keeping San Francisco weird, fabulous and fun.  He is a friend and a treasure.  Just go down Page Street between Laguna and Octavia, you can’t miss his house.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bilingual Tickets/Billets Bilingues

Here is the latest ticket-themed mail art, in response to my own ticket-themed mailing last month.  This one features some bilingual tickets (English/French) from RF Côté in Canadada.

Voici le dernier mail art sur ​​le thème de billets , en réponse à mon propre billet thème diffusion le mois dernier.  Celui-ci disposent des billets bilingues (Anglais/Français) de RF Côté au Canadada.

Monday, December 15, 2014

End of the Road

Devils Slide 2014, acrylic on canvas 12”x4”, 2004

For many years I have included empty roads in my landscapes – it’s the type of view I often have on many road trips.  One road I have driven countless times is Route One between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.  This particular vista was the stretch of road known as Devil’s Slide.  It is on the way back to San Francisco just before reaching Pacifica.  In wet winters, portions of the road have slid down the side of the mountain into the Pacific and closed the road for weeks and even months at a time.  The road now is bypassed by a Tunnel and closed to traffic. 
Recycling and repurposing has been an ongoing theme in my collage work for years.   This small landscape (above) makes me feel it’s all coming together.  This closed and now repurposed stretch of road has been redone and is only opened to pedestrians and bicyclists.   As the year ends, it’s the end of the road but still a new beginning for the road…

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows, mixed media, acrylic on paper, 9”x7”, 2014

One of my favorite places, I used this image for this year’s holiday card.  Below is the message form the back of the card:
Over 200 miles to the east, 8600 feet high up in Yosemite’s Tioga Pass, is an amazing place called Tuolumne Meadows.  Every winter it fills with snow.  When the snow melts, it makes its way to our faucets in San Francisco.  It’s a magical place and the source of the water that sustains us.  Let it snow…

And now, it’s happening, as we wait for the big storm to roll in.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Scrap Tickets

Some more ticket-themed mail art – This is going put in today’s mail to North Carolina for the Scrap Exchange show Signed, Sealed, Delivered opening December 19th.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pop-Up Mail Art

One of the treasures that turned up in the P.O. Box this week was from Sandra Lefever in Scarysota, Florida.  It included a postcard from her grandparent’s restaurant that immediately went on my vintage postcard blog. And then, wrapped in a little envelope, was this pop-up book made from Chinese hell money.  Check out more of her work here.   Thank you Sandra!

Friday, November 28, 2014


Today’s piece of ticket-themed mail art came from Stanislav Semkin (aka Virgo) in Russia.  And as always, he makes a cool envelope as well.  Thank you!