This is a new series of posts showcasing some of the fantastic artwork we have in our mail art archive. I thought since I’d been in contact with Kareem Rizk over the last couple weeks I’d kick this off with him. Kareem is a very talented collage artist and a nice guy to boot. He took part in MMA1 all the way back in 2006 and submitted three pieces. During MMA1 a number of artists contributed prizes to be given away on a weekly basis to those who partook in the project. Kareem was kind enough to send us an original signed collage as one such prize. Since the first Mail Me Art we’ve come to admire Kareem’s work and he’s gone on to have several solo exhibitions.
This is the first piece from MMA1, inside was a very cool signed collage of a car.
Although his work has always been of the highest standard, it seems to get better with every year that goes by. The scary thing is that he’s exactly the same age as me… It’s obvious to see how his work has matured over the years, but it does make me feel old knowing he’s gone from student to established artist over that period. As I said, we’re big fans of his art and if we ever have the chance we will be checking out one of his shows in person.
This was the second piece Kareem Rizk sent in. I really love this one.
And this is the last and final piece Kareem submitted for MMA1.
Kareem Rizk’s mail art is featured in the first MMA book, plus you can see more of his excellent work at http://www.kareemrizk.com/ and if you want to see more classic MMA pieces leave a comment and let us know.
Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet is now only £8.99 and we’ll be posting up the first batch of MMA4 submissions next week. If you want to take part in MMA4 you’ll need a copy of MMA: Short & Sweet! http://www.mailmeart.com/product/mmass/
We’re on a mission to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities, so for one week only all of the original hand-drawn mail art is going be priced at 25 GBP per piece. The flash sale starts today at 12 midday GMT. There are some fantastic and amazing pieces of artwork to be had and it’s first come first served. You might find yourself a bargain or you may have already had your eye on a piece, either way it’s all for a good cause. Don’t delay, buy today!
All of the mail art from MMA3 was, and still is, for sale and anyone who purchased original mail art at the shows had their artwork posted out to them at the beginning of September. All of the proceeds from the sales of the original work is being shared between 3 amazing organisations: Teenage Cancer Trust, Animal Aid and WaterAid, with each getting a percentage as voted on by the artists. The Teenage Cancer Trust and Animal Aid were very supportive of the project and it was greatly appreciated. We even got to say hello to a couple of their representatives at the London show. A good number of the pieces sold at the exhibitions and via our online shop in August, but we’re hoping to sell more artwork during September with a Flash Sale in the coming weeks. Hopefully this will mean that we can present some nice juicy cheques to the charities at the end of the month. All sold work will be removed from the shop to help people see what’s still available.
During MMA3 we also produced a book to accompanying the project, which includes all of the mail art from Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet, and we did a first run of 2000 copies. The book was published by The Little Chimp Society and is The LCS’s first official publication as a publisher. The book was written by myself (Darren Di Lieto) with the design and cover created by Beach. It was printed and wrapped by Tyson Press in London. With the release of the MMA3 book on 1st August came the launch of MMA4… Getting yourself a copy of the book is the only way to take part in the next Mail Me Art and this time round the project is open to everyone (we decided to call MMA4 Mail Me Art: Open All Hours as all are welcome!). You don’t need an invitation, you just need the book, which has the instructions and a special mail art card included inside. Additional mail art cards will be available from the MMA shop in the coming weeks – this will include family, group and school packs. You can buy the book directly from us or via Amazon. It’s also being stocked in a few cool independent book shops.
We’ve already started to receive MMA4 submissions and we’re looking at holding an exhibition and creating another book in 2015/2016. I’ll be notifying people if their submissions have arrived and start posting up some of their mail art on the site in October (2013). You might be wondering why we aren’t holding the exhibition in 2014? Well, you need to remember MMA is still really a personal side project and as we mentioned in the last post, it takes a lot of time and money to run it. MMA2 was in 2010 and MMA1 actually started in 2006, taking two years to come to fruition, so a 2015/2016 schedule should come as no surprise!
There was a lot of content including some short interviews and a few work-in-progress photos that didn’t make it into the MMA3 book due to space constraints. I’m planning on posting some of it up on the blog in the coming months as there’s no point keeping it hidden on my computer when I’m sure many of you will find it interesting. Check out the preview below.
Now, if you don’t already have one, order yourself a copy of Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet and join in the MMA fun! Amazon USA seems to think we’re out of print, but that’s rubbish. If you’re US based – or anywhere for that matter – just order directly from us and we’ll get a copy straight out to you. If you want to hear about the upcoming mail art Flash Sale, make sure you sign up to the LCS newsletter or receive updates about new MMA blog posts by entering your email address in the box at the top of the sidebar.
Well, we received 240 pieces of mail art, held three exhibitions, and created and released a new book. We also raised a lot of money for charity and launched MMA4. It was a very busy six months with several months of pre-planning! Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (the third Mail Me Art) was a success and fantastic adventure.
All of the mail art for MMA3 was from artists we had invited to take part rather than doing an open call, with the artists also paying a small fee to take part. There were a number of reasons for asking the artists to pay a fee, but one of them was to make sure we could afford to get a copy of the book out to every one of the artists involved. We see illustration projects come and go all the time, with lots of them based around producing a book or item, and a some of them fail to deliver on their promises to the participating illustrators. Not that they want this to happen, but I’m guessing they run out of money and the cost of things like postage and actually producing a book isn’t something to be sniffed at. Would you believe the MMA3 project actually cost over £10,000 to run, not including personal expenses and time! It all adds up very quickly, especially considering MMA is still just a small personal project. Luckily we’ve been doing this since 2006 and when we say we’re going to do something we do it. A project like MMA takes a lot of trust on behalf of the participants and trust is something we’ve worked very hard to build over the seven years we’ve been doing MMA and running The Little Chimp Society.
This year we had three consecutive exhibitions. The first and biggest one was in London at The Framers Gallery in the Fitzrovia area. It was a brilliant location to have the London show and we’re hoping to exhibit there again in the future. The opening night was ram-packed with guests coming from all over Europe and as far away as Japan. The second show, only one week after the first, was in Hinckley at Factoryroad Gallery with our friends Inkymole (Sarah, Leigh and Graham). The Factoryroad Gallery is a private gallery, so wasn’t open to the public, which meant it was a lot less manic and bit more intimate. Plus there was the added bonus of homemade vegan cakes compliments of our host! The third and final exhibition was in our hometown of Market Harborough at the Croft Wingates Gallery. We showed as much of the mail art as we could (wall space allowing) at the last show, and it was good opportunity for the locals and anyone who missed the other shows to check out the work in-person before it was boxed up.
One of the things about the exhibitions this year was that I made an effort to say hello to as many of the participating artists as I could. I got photos of them next to their work (pointing at their work, much to their embarrassment) and got as many as I could to sign their page in my copy of the MMA3 book. I’m very happy that did this as it gets so busy at these sort of events and I always regret not having taken photos or getting signatures after the event. We also designated a pub called the Fitzroy Tavern as the place to go after the London private viewing if you wanted to chat with the mail art artists. The pub was less than 100m down the road from the gallery, it was a very nice place to hang out and I’m glad we did it.
This will be the third and final exhibition of Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet, before all of the sold artwork is sent off to it’s new owners. So if you want to see a selection of as much of the mail art as we can display with the wall space we have, you’ll need to make your way to Croft Wingates Gallery in Market Harborough (Leicestershire) this Saturday.
We’d love to know if you’re coming, but no need to RSVP this time round, the gallery is open to the public and entry is free. However, we will be having some drinks if you pop down around 12 noon. Darren and the gallery owners will also be on-site on the Saturday to answer any questions you may have. All of the unsold mail art will be available to buy with proceeds going to Animal Aid, WaterAid and Teenage Cancer Trust.
I was blown away by the number of people who came to the show last night! Everyone was so friendly and I actually got to meet a load of the very talented amazing artists. It was also very nice to say hello (although only briefly) to Simon, the London ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
We sold a few books, a couple of the prints and a number of the original mail arts last night. But don’t fret if you came last night and feel you missed your chance to buy the piece you wanted. Everything we have left is in the MMA shop… http://www.mailmeart.com/shop/ … And we’re going to be in Hinckley on the 9th.
Here are some of the photo’s I took last night, it was so nice to finally put a few faces to a few names.
It was a lot of work, but worth it! Now in it’s second day at The Framers Gallery I’d like to share some of the photos we took while we were setting up. Plus a ton of photos of the work after Jane had painstakingly straighten it all.
Come done and check it out and if you’re coming to the private viewing, well see you tomorrow.
There’s exactly one week to go until we have our private view at The Framers Gallery on the 1st August. With even less time than that before the London show actually opens, I would like to formally announce our second MMA exhibition in Hinckley, Leicestershire, at Factoryroad Gallery with our friends Sarah and Leigh of Inkymole.
Everyone is invited to the second Short & Sweet Mail Me Art show in Hinckley, especially if you weren’t able to make it to London for the first one. The opening night (with food and drinks) will be on August 9th at 6pm-11pm, with viewings by appointment on the 10th, 11th and 12th.
I am very proud to announce that Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet is now available for pre-order. All pre-orders will be shipped 1st August 2013. Also for a limited time to celebrate the suddenly approaching release date if you uses the coupon code POSTBOX at the checkout you will receive £10 off the book and lots of good vibes. We only have a limited number of books as part of the first run, so get one while you can.
If you hadn’t noticed by now, we’re selling a number of exclusive limited edition prints in the Mail Me Art shop. Only select pieces will be available and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
We thought it was about time we offered people what they wanted. In the past people have ummed and aahed as to whether to buy certain pieces of mail art from shows gone by and left it slightly too long and missed out. Obviously we’re not going to do prints of every piece of mail art we receive, but we will for a select few. Go and check out what’s on offer, we’ll be adding new prints every week leading up to the London exhibition. http://www.mailmeart.com/shop/
What do you think of our new logo? Our original logo goes all the way back to the first Mail Me Art book from 2009 created by HOW Books (Grace Ring) and although we loved what they did, we though it was about time we took a new direction and created something new. Plus our new logo was created by the super talented Beach (of Football Heroes and his Bloomsbury run with Alan Tyers), who also happens to be designing the new Mail Me Art book for the current 2013 project, Short & Sweet. For brand consistency our site, all of our social network pages and adverts now show the new logo, here’s to going forward with a new look!
If you’ve not seen it yet, go and check out our event listing on Facebook and let us know if you’re coming. Also if you want to share the page or invite your friends it’d be greatly appreciated. https://www.facebook.com/events/360315600741112/
If you want to know who’s taking part in Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (MMA3), you should check out our freshly updated Artist page. It’s show you a small preview of the artist’s mail art and if you click on the image it will take you to the artist’s website. Don’t forget if you want to see all this brilliant work in person we’re going to be in London at The Framers Gallery from 30th July – 3rd August 2013.
Postboxes are brilliant aren’t they? Come rain or shine, all you have to do is attach a stamp to your letter and drop it into one of these magical boxes. Within a week that little letter could have travelled all by itself halfway across the globe. Check out these wonderful photos of mail art at the start of its journey to be part of Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet.
We are proud to announce we’re going to be exhibiting ‘Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet’ at The Framers Gallery from 30th July – 3rd August 2013. The gallery will be open Tuesday to Friday from 10am – 5.30pm and 11am till 5pm on Saturday. All of the mail art will be on display and the new book will be available to buy and browse.
The Framers Gallery (30th July – 3rd August)
36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT | 020 7580 4878
This time round with Mail Me Art (3) I’m having the illustrators send me a digital copy of their mail art before they stick it in the post. As you may or may not know mail gets lost in the post all of the time. This way we have a copy to showcase even if it doesn’t make it to it’s destination. There is also another plus to this, it’s just as exciting getting the mail art in my inbox as it is through the letterbox. It’s like seeing a trailer in anticipation of a summer blockbuster!
The mail art for Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (MMA3) has started to arrive and it’s all very exciting! It’s been more than two years since I last ran a Mail Me Art project and I’m planning on making this one bigger and better than ever before. If you have any questions about the project or would like to blog or write about it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are no longer accepting invitation requests for Mail Me Art 3, we have our full quota of illustrators for the project and they’re a very nice bunch. If you would still like to get involved in Mail Me Art, fill in one of the various forms on the site and we’ll keep you in mind for Mail Me Art 4. Please note, if you’ve been invited… The deadline for getting your mail art in the post is 17th March.
UPDATE: Calls for Mail Me Art 3 are now closed. Please only use this form now to express your interest in Mail Me Art 4.
Mail Me Art 3! If you want to take part, here’s your chance to get involved by requesting an invite! If you would like to be considered for MMA3, please fill in this form. We will be looking at everyone’s work, but will only get in contact if we’re sending you an invite. Don’t worry if you don’t get an invite this time round, we’ll keep your name on file for MMA4.
UPDATE:Calls for Mail Me Art 3 are now closed. Please only use this form now to express your interest in Mail Me Art 4.