Monday, January 18, 2010

In the meantime....I've got mail!

I've been experiencing one of those depressive spells lately.

Being uninspired, sleeping the day away, and not getting much done in terms of my artwork.

I'm going to take my own advice for once and ride out this latest wave of depression until it lessens, which it slowly has.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some recent mail art I received!

Quilted postcard (front) sent in a plastic sleeve - 4" x 6"

I exchanged addresses with fellow artist David K. Small and we agreed to do an ACEO swap! He sent me this handmade quilted postcard as an "incentive" piece.

The backside!

This is sooooo unique!!

It's made entirely out of fabric. I love how it breaks the traditional notion of what mail should be. I always imagine a postal worker looking completely perplexed when they see something like this. Hee hee hee.

Even though the design is simple, a lot of care went into this from the stitched border, to the bold blocks of color, to the colorful beads.

A wonderful, one-of-a-kind piece! Thank you, David! I love it!!


Anonymous said...

that actually looks like allot of the art work that graces my walls....beautiful

chin up my friend;)

Aaron said...

That is very, very incredibly unique!!! :D I am almost jealous that you have it!

It's so good to hear from you again, Dean. :) I am sure a lot of us missed you!

Dean Grey said...


You clearly have good taste!



Unique indeed!


It's always a pleasure having you two gentlemen stop by!


Unknown said...

Wow!!! Aren't you special to have someone give you a one of a kind ACEO in a totally unique medium!!! Good for you! I love it.

Mike said...

That is so beautiful.

I can imagine the pleasure receiving that thoughtfulness would bring on a black-dog-day. [Hope he leaves before he starts to snap and snarl ... I know him only too well ...]

Take care amigo.

Manon said...

It's a very cool piece!!
I hope your feeling better soon my friend!!

David K Small, artist said...

Dean I am glad you like it... and now you know what a quilted postcard is. I always send them in those clear "envelopes" so they stay nice and clean. Everytime I teach that class I send the students home with some. I selected that particular one for you because you like green. Stay happy ! D

Vincent said...

Did you actually cut out the addresses because as it looks like you did or just by software? Hope you feel better soon and post more art to share.

Clare said...

So incredibly jealous! The only time that I have ever received a postcard like this was about 20 years ago from a friend who went to France. The postcard had a french girl on the front with her skirt made out of actual material. Hope your spirits lift soon... Clare

bK said...

Like the other bloggers, I'm also super excited to read another post by you! Wish you all the best. *Hugs* Your blog about art is truly one of a kind.

By the way, that's the hottest postcard I've ever seen!

jason said...

So cool! off to explore his site now.

Dean Grey said...


Technically this piece wasn't part of the ACEO swap. It was a "bonus" piece, if you will. We're still both working on our ACEO's.



You take care too!



I am currently feeling better!



My first ever quilted postcard! Thank you, David!!



I simply covered up our contact info with bits of cloth for privacy reasons. The postcard is still intact!



How neat! Do you still have that postcard by any chance?


B. Kushner!

Well, that's quite a compliment!



Please do!


I appreciate hearing from everyone!!


Renee said...

It is awesome Dean.


Paul Benjamin said...

That is very unique!

Dean, for some reason I always think about you now whenever I am feeling down. Strength in numbers, right? We can get through anything together! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow that's very special. Sounds like you needed it. You are lucky to have such a nice friend, especially another artist too. Always nurture the good things that come your way and you will find yourself less depressed. Head up guy, less time sleeping and more for living.

Clare said...

I think that I do still have that postcard Dean.

Dean Grey said...


I agree!



Awwww. Hugs to you, my fellow Chicagoan!! Yes, we CAN get through anything together! (^_^)



I appreciate your words of wisdom!



Well then, you need to post it on your blog, silly girl, so we all can see it!


Thanks to all of you for the nice comments!


Randuwa said...

Dean, Did you know that I'm quilter? Love this postcard, too. Thanks for posting it. randy

melanie said...

Hi Dean' thought you might appreciate these wise words xox Best wishes to you'

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Nelson Mandela

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I just love it!
Fell better, Dean.

Dean Grey said...


I did NOT know that about you!



Thank you for the wonderful quote!!



I will try!


It's always nice having you three stop by my blog!


Ana Márquez said...

Your work is pretty good :-) Congratulations. Greetings from Spain.

Mike said...

What a cool idea!!!

Dean Grey said...



I'm glad you stopped by my blog!



Very cool indeed!


I appreciate both of you letting me know what you think!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Wow. I'm impressed! All I get are bills!

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