The ever-awesome thesecondmagpie (aka @thesecondmagpie) forwarded me a call for submissions a few weeks ago. “In tandem with Northside Open Studios, Hyperallergic will be curating a Mail Art show from June 16-19, 2011. Hyperallergic HQ will be in the midst of the action during the four-day event, and the Mail Art show will be displayed in our space.” I’ve been so busy with a million projects lately that it took me a little while to get my act together… but early last week I completed my piece and sent it off – I hope it made it on time because the deadline is today. An exhibition of just mail art? If only I could be there to attend (NY is a bit far away). I’m sure they will make it a great show because I can see how much love they have for mail art; just read their description of it as medium… so eloquent: “Mail art has the potential to include layers of meaning and performance, due to its temporal qualities. Consider all the different pieces that make up mail visually and manually: stamps, envelopes, paper, and/or non-traditional contents and containers; plus the acts of opening, unfolding and reading.” To ensure that I wouldn’t let these mail art aficionado’s down, I started my package off by creating a hand-made envelope out of a glorious metallic, owl and leaf adorned scrapbook paper I’ve been saving. Lined the borders with my beloved air mail washi tape then slapped on some of my favorite mailing labels, Canadian stamps (including some vintage beauties as well) and added my return address and contact info on the back. I wanted my piece to have layers of fun and discovery… but I guess that’s something which remains consistent with all of my mail art: my envelopes tend to be filled with piles of goodies. For Hyperallergic HQ, I started it all off with a note stamped in gold ink next to a cute little owl. The text reads “oh hello… I heard that you love mail art too!!! That is rad! I hope this envelope & its contents make you smile.“ A small packet labelled “a little piece of home” has many maple leafs sealed inside. Sent along with the above 2 pieces: A who? HOO! zine, mule deer trail pamphlet, a molecular bear screenprint a/p, a graphite drawing of a pine grosbeak on a delicate rice paper, bingo sheets with an attached note “feelin’ lucky grandma?“, a metallic spider pog, a wee painted wooden panel reading “with ♥ from canada“, one of my screenprinted grizzly bear finger puppets, an airmail & nature’s my friend stickers, a ‘sharing is caring’ magazine cut out and lastly a message from the back of postage stamps “rien ne vaut une lettre personnelle” (nothing’s better than a personal letter). I hope my package made it on time and is well received at the show. I will update you if I hear from the curators, or come across photos of the exhibition. Who would have ever thought that mail art could potentially earn me a line of my curriculum vitae? How cool!