|E's altered vintage image I used to decorate 2 envelopes|
|Mail art from E|
|E's "Typewriter Heaven" - vintage typewriter image|
|E's mail art to me includes lots of excellent vintage stamps|
|my mail art to E, toile la la art and image|
|Toile La La mail art altered hat with veil image|
|Number One asleep in a too-small cubbyhole|
|Surprise! Number One tests her balance in a game of peekaboo.|
In the past two years of exchange, E and I have become more elaborate in our mail creations - incorporating many found items, vintage clippings and ephemera. Lately we've even been recycling each other's artwork. You can see an example in the top 2 envelopes above.
I added a monocle and chain to the eyes of a vintage man illustration E sent in a letter to me. She made him pants of text - which I thought looked very dapper! As he looked so elegant, I thought her man belonged on the outside of an envelope. I created two envelopes using each half of him - and then gave him a focal point. A vintage woman in a foundation garment is the focal point I chose for E's letter, but for M's letter I created some modern art for him to view.
Often E writes her letters to me on vintage magazine pages or other paper ephemera. From one of those pages I clipped a woman in a 30s/40s visor hat - and to indulge my millinery inclinations, I added a red veil and a cluster of flowers. Then I sent her back to E via envelope.
My constant companion during these creative pursuits is Number One - who distracts me by balancing on the stair rail and contributes her fur to tape, glue, paint, and paste.