Hi Everyone, I hope you are happily preparing for festive celebrations with family and friends during the fast-approaching holidays. Here are some "business" matters which I wanted to share with participants and hosts of our group mail art swaps: Group Swap Hosts - Please allow extra time for International mail to arrive before sending out the exchanged art, as there have been some recent unexpected delivery delays. International Group Swap Participants - Please contact the group swap hosts to let them know that your art is in transit, so that they can watch (wait) for it. Pending Postal Changes - I am researching impending changes regarding International mail classification/postage costs. All I know so far is that anything included in your envelopes to foreign mail artists that is not a "document" may have to be sent as a "packet" at a higher rate. In other words, unless it's "just" a letter or a post card, the contents may be considered "goods" and charged accordingly. Whether this pertains to included Washi samples, ATC's, tags, return envelopes, postage stamps, unused tea bags, decorated papers or ephemera, remains to be determined. Obviously we need more details. I will post them when I have them. I hope the planned changes will not discourage the exchange of wonderful mail art with our International friends. All good wishes, Honi
This challenge, allowing only three elements for each post card design, was suggested recently by JH. This will be easy for the minimalists and difficult for those of us who want to keep adding layers and lines and shapes. Although the holidays are fast approaching, I hope some mail art swappers will find the time to participate.
Squirrel, domestic cat, word collage (Overall perhaps not technically "3 Elments Only?")
With a focus on collage, create your design by ADDINGONLY THREE SHAPES/ELEMENTS over any (simple or complex) background.
Diagonal strip, circle, rectangle collage
MEDIA: paper, fabric, etc. TECHNIQUE: COLLAGE over your choice of background- blank, painted, rubber stamped, photo, digital background, etc. SIZE PARAMETERS: 6" x 4+1/4" CHECKLIST:
ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
(NOTE: Sticky art seems to be on the increase lately...)
YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****
*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND AROUND A 45-DEGREE ANGLE, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE 70-cents "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE*****
Put your card(s) in an envelope and mail no later than December 11th to: H. Chassin PO Box 142 Freedom, NY 14065 QUESTIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may send in as many as four cards for this group swap. (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers. International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant.
Write “MMSA - THREE ONLY" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems. An email address legibly written would also make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
LEAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POSTCARD BLANK (THE PART WHERE THE ADDRESS "TO" GOES)
Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)
Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable) will need nonmachinable postage. Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
In order to use the postcard rate($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 6" x 4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible. A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage.
If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "nonmachinable" rate of $.70
If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.