Often times, I make scrap journals for no particular reason, just for enjoyment of gathering interesting paper tidbits and ephemera which I enjoy… or in some cases, specific slices of inspiration which intrigue me for specific projects, remixes, or just recount times of life – what i was receiving or thinking about or even watching/reading/listening.
Sometimes a “theme” or story of some kind emerges – more like a thread of interconnectedness, whether content, medium, colour, aesthetic or tactility.
Presented here-in are two books which contain items which inspire or amuse me, connected by size, form, colour, theme or otherwise.
The first (named “Kindling & Matches, Tinder & Sparks”) is an accordion style book (a preferred format for these types) filled with beloved postcard &/or postcard-sized items. A few decorations on the cover (1970s era lettraset rub-off lettering, dried flower and my name clipped from a hospital envelope), inky stamps for easy identification.
The second (named “Dark Arts for Lighter Hearts”) has more variety of size and shape and contains a set for photos sent to me by a young artist named Simon among other objects d’art. Decorations include hotel luggage tag, insta-photo of a painting (self re-mix), snippet of poetry from a Lebanese wizard, and my name from a forgotten red-ink typewriter.
Batch of scrapjournals hand-crafted during summer of 2019 whilst on Nusa Ceningan, Indonesia.
Featuring: covers made from vintage aerogrammes and hotel letterhead; binding covers of elephant dung paper and used envelopes; accessorizes of cookie fortunes, wax seals, cancelled postage stamps, eraser crafted ink stamps (and other inky stamps for that matter); hotel luggage tags; forged passports; printed Lomo sardine can camera 35 mm snaps; and various printed oddities – often leftover from other scrapbooks and places of comfort and inspiration (see: Wonder Hotel).
Made with Japanese-style side binding, sewn with hearty thread via 3 holes drilled through a mighty block of various paper stock acquired at random intervals around Bali.
To be filled with anything desired by recipient. Scissors and glue provided separately.
Sure, i mail a lot of cards and letters and dossiers of ephemeral treats, poems and painting. Especially to folks who have inspired me or otherwise lent a hand, and to folks (know and unknown) who seem to need a little spark to help them along their journey.
As part of my semi-obsessive documentation for my memory and amusement, i assemble photos (likely) enthusiastic correspondents send of their received items, along with “still life” photos of postal-related items or post-in-process, and often just scenes of post offices/workers/boxes.
Often times these items are organized chronologically-ish somehow, or maybe to a theme, but some cases (including this instance), neither applies and what follows is simply a batch of odds and ends hanging out for another cycle into the world.
Generally an absence of annotations as the meanings either aren’t meaningful or rather self-evident (that said, maybe some annotations will appear). Carry on, bring your own stamp.
Adam says: An offering of fine poetry and pleasing imagery, DaveO, for which our family is happy as punch to have received… (Further perused under yonder Utah Juniper avec frosty barley pop bevvey) Namaste, Uncle Weed!
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 @UncleWeed. 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.”
Cheryl says: A treasure-trove of visual and tactile delights and pure joy came through my door mail slot from far away today…inside the outer envelope more beautiful envelopes of hand-made treasures with varieties of paper and delicate folds with rubber stamps and personal art with writing goodness…all strewn out over my bed in pure visual delight. Big hugs, Dave! What a beautiful, rich package of sensory gems!!! Thank you ever SO much! I LOVE it! Grateful to be the lucky recipient of such precious, exquisite postal mail!
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.