Cascadia Art Post

Cascadia Art Post Catalog, Cards, and Artistamps

Cascadia Art Post Catalog, Cards, and Artistamps

I met Jack Lattiman (Cascadia Art Post) at the Focus on Book Arts Conference in a sketchbook class taught by Jennie Hinchcliff (Red letter Day) , and we’ve been sending things back and forth ever since!

I responded to his mail art call “Keep the Post Office Public” by sending a card of the Raymond, WA Post Office. He sent back a catalog of the submissions so everyone could see what he received. Here’s some more of the great stuff he’s sent me!

Open Catalog, Artistamps

Open Catalog, Artistamps

Welcoming the Summer Solstice

Welcoming the Summer Solstice

Welcoming the summer Solstice, back

Welcoming the summer Solstice, back

Michael Bidner - originator of the term Artistamp

Michael Bidner – originator of the term Artistamp

Text on the back side reads “Cascadia Artpost honors the 70th anniversary of the birth of Canadian graphic artist and painter Michael Bidner (1944-1989) with the issue of fifteen artistamp reproductions of Bidner artistamps. Bidner originated the term “Artistamp,” was active in the Vancouver mail art movement of the early 1970’s, curated the first international exhibition of artistamps in 1984 and began to compile a worldwide catalog of artistamps at the time of his death. His collection of 10,000 artistamps was bequeathed to the art research center Artpool in Budapest, Hungary.”

Michael Bidner, other side

Michael Bidner, other side

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Zoo Mailbox and Dick & Jane’s Spot

Mail Art at the Zoo

Mail Art at the Zoo

I’m mailing these cards from a letter box at the Portland Zoo – it’s my favorite mailbox in Portland. Mail deposited here is hand stamped with one of the last remaining Railway Post Office cancellations. It’s a Portland treasure!

Dick &  Jane's Spot Postcard

Dick & Jane’s Spot Postcard

I’m mailing this card to Jennie Hinchcliff. I bought it from a coin operated post card dispenser in front of Dick and Jane Elliott’s house (called Dick and Jane’s Spot) in Ellensburg, WA.

Dick &  Jane's Spot Postcard Dispenser

Dick & Jane’s Spot Postcard Dispenser

Reflectors in front of Dick & Jane's Spot

Reflectors in front of Dick & Jane’s Spot

The Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, OR will show a retrospective of his work from May 1 to Aug. 24, 2014. His installations of reflectors, arranged in geometric patterns, are visible on buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Yakima Sun Dome, the Henry Art Museum (U.W.), and on the front of the Hallie Ford Museum.

 

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Mail/Art/Book entry, opened up

Mail/Art/Book first page

Mail/Art/Book first page

The first page of my Mail/Art/Book entry, with Rükenfigur stamps.

Mail/Art/Book completely open

Mail/Art/Book completely open

Fully open, four section spread of my Mail/Art/Book entry. Narrative content with whimsy. Happy Camping!

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Mail Art at the Airport

Mail Art at the Airport Mail Box

Mail Art at the Airport Mail Box

To Do List: Mail Art at the airport before boarding!

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Jennie Hinchcliff Sketchbook Workshop

Sketchbook partly sewn

Needle placement – sketchbook partly sewn

Finished sewing, binding exposed.

Finished sewing, binding exposed!

Last June I took an exposed binding sketchbook class from Jennie Hinchcliff.  She is a great teacher, and it was an excellent workshop!

She sent notices for a Mail/Art/Book show and convention she was organizing called “Ex Postal Facto”, so I sent in my piece and made plans to attend the opening.

Mail/Art/Book exterior

Mail/Art/Book exterior

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Fragments

Fragments - eyes!

Fragments – eyes!

Fragments, more eyes on back!

Fragments, more eyes on back!

Here is the card I’m sending to Moan Lisa for her mail art call “Fragments.” She’ll cut mail art into fragments, combine them into new pieces, and send those back  to participants along with a mailing list. Click on the Mail Art Calls tab above to read her call for art on the IUOMA site , dated December 3, 2013. I’ll post what I get in return!

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How Much Orange is Enough?

Orange is unmistakably present.

Orange is unmistakably present.

David Schulze sent this card with a tiny bit of orange.

Next card, more orange!

Orange shines through again.

Orange shines through again.

Third Card from David

Third Card from David

On the back of this card David wrote “People who think orange is a difficult color probably never got art in the mail that was made using the color orange.” I agree!!

All three cards say “Art is Life. Make Art.” The backs of these cards are stamped, dated and certified Original #1308.

Thanks, David!

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