Monday, January 5, 2015

#64 January, February, March 2015 Mail Art

MARCH 2015
Katerina Nikoltsou  and I have corresponded over the last year. This is my latest sent to her.

By CR for Katerina Nikoltsou, Thessaloniki, Greece
Fragment of monotype with stamping added

For Roberto Bergamo's call for mail art, Identity.

By CR for Roberto Bergamo, Lecce, Italy
Acrylic on paper, fragment of drawing using tri-tone pencil on paper

And headed to Marseille, France for the prolific calligrapher, Richard Baudet...

By CR for Richard Baudet, Marseille, France
Drawing: ink and tri-tone colored pencil on paper

Katerina Nikoltsou is a prolific mail artist--many of her online friends received Valentines, an unexpected treat--it arrived on Feb. 14th. She is known for her blue series and she managed to include some on this card.

From Katerina Nilkoltsou, Thessaloniki, Greece
Mixed media Valentine
A beautifully crafted envelope arrived last week from Richard Baudet, a gifted calligrapher. Merci, Richard!!

From Richard Baudet, Marseille, France.
Romance vs. Drama: Collage and Calligraphy

Armchair exploration is a benefit of mail art correspondence. I'm motivated to view maps of and read about geographic areas that I will probably never see. This incredibly complex imagery, sent from Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, spurred me to read about its unique location.  I was intrigued by the mail stamp that features the Taita Falcon of South Africa, and learned that it is a victim of pesticides, as are falcons in the USA. Both are endangered species.

From Petrolpetal, Hilton, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Digital print of wonderfully complex imagery laminated to sheet music.


This creative seasonal greeting arrived recently--the Commedia dell'arte stamp acknowledges my Italian heritage--Merci, Richard!  The calligraphy is Richard's specialty--a wonderful treat to start the new year.

From Richard Baudet, Marseille, France
Seasonal greetings: Collage of ephemera and wonderful calligraphy