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Mail Me Art at The Framers Gallery – London

A while ago I saw a post on my Facebook page about Darren Di Lieto’s  Mail Me Art  project and decided to apply to be a part of it. Being a Brit by birth, I was excited to have the opportunity of showing my art in the UK! Envelopes by artists from all over the world will be exhibited at The Framers Gallery in London, UK,  from 30th July – 3rd August 2013. A book will be published with images of all the envelopes and will be available on Amazon. The envelopes are all for sale and proceeds will go to support the following charities: Water Aid, Teenage Cancer Trust and Animal Aid.

I finally finished my envelope and put it in the mail today. When I took it to the post office yesterday to get stamps the mail clerks were very interested in it, I know them well as I am there most days dropping off packages for our photography and art book business A&D Books. One clerk had a great time flexing it back and forth as she decided that it could go by regular mail. I held my breath figuring it would get a lot worse treatment on the way. It held up to the test well. So here’s waiting to see that it arrives safely!

Mail Me Art Address

Mail Me Art Address

2 Mail Me Art ft © Ann Vollum 2013 USA

Front of envelope

3 Mail Me Art Env

The stuffed envelope

4 Mail Me Art Insert © Ann Vollum USA

Inside cardboard stiffner… I just had to draw on it…

5 Mail Me Art inside * © Ann Vollum USA

The inside of the envelope which is held together with double sided tape and can be opened up flat to reveal the art… or not…

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Found Letters by Carlin Wragg

Back in February Carlin Wragg a writer and graduate student at NYU asked me if I could do some  calligraphy for her for her thesis project, a historical novel-in-verse set in the 1940s. “The story follows the lives of two characters, Jack and Matilda, who fall in love during World War II and nurture their relationship through correspondence. Their fictional letters form the core of the novel.” Carlin asked me to produce single copies of four of these fictional letters along with the envelopes to give the readers the feeling that they were written by the characters themselves.

These fictitious letters were to look as if they were written during the 1940s. Both were to be written in black ink on white paper. Matilda’s letters are written in Spencerian script, Jack’s are in Primo a more masculine script.

Matilda’s fragment or second letter was to be written on a postcard-sized piece of paper, and enclosed in an unsealed hand-delivered envelope with “Jack” written on the front.

At first I visited various paper stores looking for something appropriate to write on. What a waste of time! After shlepping around the stores I realized that I had what I needed squirreled away in various boxes at home. The perfect aged and battered paper for writing on, and some old antique looking envelopes that had for some reason or other been kept for posterity!

Take a look at “Found Letters” to see how creatively Carlin has used the letters. This was one of my favorite projects to work on. Thank you Carlin!

The letters look gorgeous! It was a thrill to see your scans when I opened my inbox, thank you.

Carlin M. Wragg
New York University
Master’s Candidate ~Interactive Telecommunications Program

I just opened the package — the letters are gorgeous! Thank you, thank you!
It’s been a pleasure working with you.
All the best,
Carlin

Poems / Letters © Carlin Wragg 2012

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