Friday, October 23, 2009

I've got mail!!

It never hurts to ask, right?

Last month, the fabulous Martha Miller posted some mail art on her blog. So I simply asked how I could get one.

We exchanged addresses and look what came in the mail earlier this week. Mail art from Martha Miller!


This is SO unusual looking!

Very quirky and fun and unexpected! I love the silhouette of the woman's profile. I'm surprised this was even able to be mailed! It measures roughly 10" x 7" and appears to be layers of bound paper.

The front features ribbon and stitching underneath several images. On the cat's forehead it reads, "May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy."

Here's the back of the piece.....

More stitching with a female nude. The side reads, "Just remember....the darkest hour is always just before the dawn....breathe...."

This is just what I needed! It was a little pick me up and a bit of joy that came in my mailbox!

Following "mail art etiquette", I now have to create a piece to send to Martha! I sure hope I don't disappoint!

Thank you, Martha, for my very first piece of mail art EVER!!


AndyDrewby said...

Nice I am glad this has restored some of your balance.

Manon said...

Love the joy from Martha!!! Happiness!!!

Dean Grey said...


I'm glad about that too!





Thanks to the pair of you for your comments!


Unknown said...

Wow... what a wonderful and beautiful gift for a great guy. I think this piece is AWESOME! Just like you!

Dane said...


I really like that piece! It's really cool!

And it's such a neat concept of sending art through the mail!


Dean Grey said...


That's very sweet of you to say!



Yes, a very neat concept indeed! I've seen mail art before but never actually participated....until now!


I'm glad you both like it!


Anonymous said...

How nice Dean! I love little surprises too! And I'm so glad it brought you a bit of joy, that's wonderful!!!

melanie said...

It's fantastic' and how lovely that she sent it to you, and so lovely that you enjoy it so much and shared it with all... Me thinks you are more lovely, talented and creative than you know' Don't give is full of joy as well as suffering, some of us seem to suffer more than most... hang in there' On the other side of great suffering can be just as great JOY'
Cheers Mel

artbyakiko said...

Congrats for receiving such a wonderful artwork! I hope you will show your work for Martha.

Dean Grey said...


Wonderful indeed!



I appreciate the kind words from you!

Don't worry, I haven't given up....yet!



I'll definitely show the piece of mail art I'm sending to Martha!


Thanks to the three of you ladies for stopping by!


Ekanthapadhikan said...

Dean, first of all, THANKS a lot for going through my photobolg. I know you're an artist yourself and to get appreciated by such a person is something that's quite worthy about.

And this mail art thing seems to be a cool affair. Did you say that she posted it to you? Via snail mail? Ordinary post? That's amazing!

Dean Grey said...



Yes, Mail Art is literally just as it sounds. The actual piece of decorated mail IS the artwork, and yes, it's mailed just like a regular letter.

Definitely amazing!


Quincifer said...

This is so cool!
I'm sure theres an idea in there somewhere to start something up....

Unknown said...

Hi, Dean! Glad I found your blog, it's really cool! :-)
Thanks for your comments.

jason said...

*so* cool!

I love the back especially!
Must investigate this mail art!

stanw said...


Thanks for sharing Martha's creative art piece, so unique. Also look forward to your 'mail art.' Oh yeah, like the new picture of you, nice beard, and the framing, or were you hung up to dry!!

Dean Grey said...


You could be right about that idea!



You're quite welcome! (^_^)



Please do investigate it. You'll find that Mail Art has been around for a while. Kind of an underground thing perhaps?

I'm still pretty new to it myself.



I hope my Mail Art to Martha gets the same reactions!

I appreciate the nice words on the new photo! Knowing me, I'll be changing it by the end of the week!


I appreciate everyone's comments on this!


martha miller said...

Hi Dean! Thankyou for posting this! Looking forward to receiving YOUR beautiful mail art!!! I'll let you know when it arrives! Such FUN!!! xox

Dean Grey said...


Fun indeed!

And I have you to thank. I always wanted to try sending Mail Art and now I finally have!


Roland Halbritter said...

... gorgeous mail art ...
... it reminds me to Ray Johnson's works.

Dean Grey said...


I'm unfamiliar with Ray Johnson's work. Do you have any links you can e-mail me?

Martha put a lot of little touches into this. Gorgeous indeed!


Jane said...

Marthas really is a stunning piece.
Lucky you!

Dean Grey said...


Lucky me!


Andytgeezer said...

Ah the first piece of mailart in an inbox is a glory! Great to see you're still sending. I may ask Martha for a piece for my REAL wall actually, she looks like a great artist!

Dean Grey said...


Martha is an AMAZING artist!

Ask to trade with her and she just might send you some Mail Art!


Andytgeezer said...

Cheers ?Dean I just may write to her actually. The more the merrier!

Dean Grey said...


Go for it!

It never hurts to ask, right?