Post’d: Greetz from Elsewhere (postal dispatches, Dec. 2015) vol. 5

Greetz from Elsewhere: Go further to explore interestingness
Greetz from Elsewhere: Go further to explore interestingness

A rather large batch of handmade cards made from excerpts from my Fck Stats, Make Art dossiers (heroes and metaphors), scraps for poetry, and  pre-franked stamps from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North), collaged on white stock, with personal (albeit cryptic) notes scribbled, and sent somewhat anonymously (with assistance from a friend) to unsuspecting folks who seemed in need of a little pick-me-up parable to remind they are remarkable and executing noteworthy import-ness.

Displayed in batches, with limited annotations.

Greetz from Elsewhere: My coordinates are my own but my sentiments are yours, with admirations and affection
Greetz from Elsewhere: My coordinates are my own but my sentiments are yours, with admirations and affection

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A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79

Pod cover: Postcards circumnavigation

Float to Istanbul, Muscat and elsewhere, and check in with Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Francis Drake, Shah of Persia, Adam, Cain, Abel, Lawrence, Ataturk, Czars Nicholas and Alexander, Matt Harding, Russia oligarchs, well-fed stray cats, unidentified shortwave broadcasts, Abraham, Norman, Matt Harding, rowers, drummers, a blonde dog and you and me… finding the edges of the globe.

Set sail for: A Circumnavigation of Sorts – Postcard #79
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Exhibit: Hergé / Tintin artifacts in Québec City

Québec City Exhibit art detail - Hergé draws Tintin
Québec City Exhibit art detail – Hergé draws Tintin

In July 2017, I attended an exhibit in Quebec City about Hergé and his art, especially TinTin (of course).

Really enjoyed seeing the inspiration photos, letterhead from his business communications, reference sketch items, various notebooks, satchels and pre-press proofs – evidence of a few of which  are included for your amusement.

Hegré "pop art" portrait (self?) from Exhibit: Hergé / Tintin artifacts in Québec City
Hegré “pop art” portrait (self?) from Exhibit: Hergé / Tintin artifacts in Québec City

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Post, deliver’d: Dossiers completing journey through wormhole

Carol says: Fantastic meaningful interesting package arrived from afar! Big Thanks

Mark says, “I wish everyone knew the unique pleasure of receiving a letter from . Now the pressure is on to create something even half as cool to send halfway around the world!”

Colleen says, “my friends send the best mail. this needs a frame”

Cameron says, “When I came home the girls shared with me their theory that you are an international spy and there are hidden meanings in the poems and paintings. It’s a pretty solid theory.”

Postal stilllife with aerogrammes and ephemera

post stilllife - okayama picnic table

Letter writing desk – today’s assortment of “raw material” includes vintage aerograms, hotel letterhead, Canadian Pacific telegrams, screen captures from the Life Aquatic, Japanese ‘sideways’ envelopes, pictures of goats, various stamps & stickers, and a superb inky brush pen.

Collection: Payphones (vol. 1) – assorted / international

Hello to the people in the future,

What follows are public telephones created in a time when phones did not roam freely and in pockets.

To make a call, one would either enter a specially-created booth (or box), or simply stand close by as the receivers were tethered to the phone unit by a short cord, then insert a variety of coins depending on the location called (local, domestic or international) or in some cases, use a purpose-made phone card, or even a credit card (though doing so often exposed one to fraudulent actors).

Perhaps you have already imagined the unsanitary nature of sharing a phone handset (placed next/close to ear and mouth of course) with strangers – though perhaps this increased “herd immunity” despite being rather unpleasant. Note that oftentimes the coin return slots were checked for forgotten change but the miner was surprised to find discarded chewing gum, or even-less-savoury items, instead.

This gallery is simply random examples, captured “in the wild” in various locations globally. Additional volumes of similar collections provide additional examples – both international and domestic (to Canada / USA), as well as hotel house phones.

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Unique Moo “friendship” cards – on a table for choosing

I enjoy ordering from moo.com for mini “friendship” cards (and luxurious postcards). Each one of the batch of 200 is unique and this series theme was busses (VW and otherwise) and hitchhiking signs.

Do you wanna Moo? I can help you and you can get $15 off your first order (hint, hint coz i get some kick-back to keep me in cards).

Fresh Moo friendship cards – each one unique

Scrapbook: Ramones cover / notes, scribbles, schemes, 2014

Scrapbook: assembly / Ramones (front cover)
Scrapbook: assembly / Ramones (front cover), ca. 2014

This scrapbook is really a large notepad I suppose. Made from repurposed LP cover of The Ramones “Rocket to Russia ” (the inside vinyl as well as the cover arrived damaged and was replaced).

The folio-style front cover interior is decorated with the album’s damaged liner notes which is also used to cover the binding over the sewn-in pad of Hilroy Typewriter paper (found in my Mom’s stuff, probably leftover since the 1970/80s).

Barely started to use this one (mostly wrote letters and tore out the pages) and as such, sits in a storage locker waiting its turn to fulfil its noble purpose.

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