Posted: August 27th, 2013 | Author: Suzi Banks Baum | Filed under: events, Mailroom, Uncategorized, Workshops | Tags: Alchemy Initiative, August 2013, FeMail, Lichenstein Center for the Arts, mail art, Sketchbook Project, summer | Comments Off on Summer Time Mail: Wish You Were Here
Karen and I are avid summer travelers.
Even our art travels.
You can see our Sketchbook Project submissions in a traveling exhibit here. If you are in Santa Fe or Saint Louis, Brooklyn or Wichita, you can find this exhibit and ask for our work by our names. They send us a little note when people see our books on this tour.
Our postal art arrives from our travel destinations and this summer was particularly busy for each of us. I think I have spent about half the summer in other places. Along with our travels, we did some very fun things together too.
In June, we were in Pooja Roo’s Rites of Passage in Pittsfield.
Then, Karen and I made paste papers with Joy Seidler in Holliston, MA in July.
We have not laid eyes on each other in August though our mail art keeps us connected.
Here is a card I got from Karen this summer. She made it from a napkin used at my son’s graduation party.
How about you? Get any good mail this summer?
We have stories aplenty this fall. Stories of our travels, outdoor art making, a discovery I made of many of the postcards I sent my Mom from a period of over 40 years. (That’s right, I started sending my Mom mail when I was a baby…)
In September we will present Art and Story as Deep Connection: a workshop at Alchemy Initiative coming up on Saturday the 28th at the
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA. Register here. We’d love to make art and connection with you this fall!
Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Author: Suzi Banks Baum | Filed under: Mailroom, Uncategorized, Workshops | Tags: Daily-ness of Art, FeMail merchandise, Karen Arp-Sandel, Letterpress as Public Art, mail art, MCLA, Melanie Mowinski, North Adams, Open Studio Sale in November, postal art, PRESS, Suzi Banks Baum, The Berkshires, USPS | Comments Off on PRESS and FeMail in September. A Postal Art extravaganza!
Karen and I led a morning mail art workshop up at PRESS in North Adams, MA on September 15. Our pal, Melanie Mowinski, MCLA professor and PRESS founder and fearless leader of fun with letterpress on her Vandercook, opened the workshop with a tour of Postal Pinacotheca. This exhibit of mail art sent between six female artists across the globe captivated and inspired us. Melanie had prepared PRESS collage kits for our participants that were stuffed with cuts from the many diverse letterpress projects created on the Vandercook. We used them with glee! Thank you Melanie for all your support and fun with FeMail. We love heading up to North Adams whenever we can.
If you or your organization would like to host FeMail for a workshop, art exhibit, artist’s talk about FeMail and mail art or our Daily-ness of Art day-long workshop please contact us here. FeMail is hosting an Open Studio Sale in Canaan, New York on November 17 from 1pm-4pm. You will be able to buy one-of-a-kind Holiday FeMail postcards to send yourself, our Holiday series art note cards from the FeMail archive and postal art kits. More details will be posted soon.
As always- Keep those cards and letters coming!
Here is a link to Melanie’s slideshow.
Posted: April 30th, 2012 | Author: Suzi Banks Baum | Filed under: Mailroom | Tags: Alchemy Initiative, artistic conversation, found papers, Karen Arp-Sandel, mail art, Suzi Banks Baum, workshops | Comments Off on What we have to say.
Karen and I are constantly in conversation, visually and literally. Even though we don’t always talk or get mail from each other every single day, our artistic conversation in the form of FeMail postal art keeps us in each other’s minds and hearts. Our visual vernacular has expanded because our expressive dialogue has woven in so many elements of our daily lives, it is nearly impossible for us to encounter a sensation (or a tea bag or chocolate wrapper) and not consider what kind of FeMail it might make.
So spring being what it is, we are brimming with images to share, experiences such as shedding our wintery shells and coming ‘Out’ in the world with our work, with our upcoming workshop
and panel discussion of ‘Who Does She Think She Is?’ and all the other work we do in the world. We are bursting with energy.
Here are the cards we have sent to each other recently: