Wednesday, January 5, 2011

See you in the mail!

I turn the tiny key with anticipation. Childlike excitement when getting something in the mail washes over me. From my opened P.O. Box I peer inside.

Sadly it's empty most of the time.


That needs to change. NOW!

I'm starting an open Mail Art call to anyone that wants to join in.

My Mail Art collection is at its infant stage and I want it to grow....with a little help from my blogging friends!

My tiny Mail Art collection so far!

Feed my P.O. Box with magic and wonder!

Please send all correspondence to:

Dean Grey
P.O. Box 804602
Chicago, IL. 60680-4602

And I realize not everyone is artistically-inclined so anything creative will do.

Send me Mail Art, a handwritten letter, a poem, a photo, an ACEO, an x-rated pic (kidding!) and you just might get something in return!

Show me what YOU can do!

See you in the mail!


Erica@PLRH said...

what a wonderful idea! It also sounds like you're throwing down the gauntlet. I'll do my best to rise to the challenge.

BB said...

Dean...I think this is a great idea. I just finished reading the Wiki page on Mail Art and it's quite interesting. I so wish I had some artistic flair. I'd love to learn how to draw someday. But I look at blank page and see a blank page. Good luck with this. Might be fun.

bK said...

Oh boy! I've been waiting for a chance to send Mail Arts! Incidentally, I had no idea that there was an actual Mail Art or ACEO phenomenon in Europe. I think I might send something knitted, so that will take a good couple of weeks or so.

Sonnia J. Kemmer said...

You just reminded me my love towards "snail mailing." I used to have over a hundred penpals back in college (well, internet and laptops weren't really that popular then... gosh I'm old! LOL) as I used to collect stamps, postcards and coins. Anyways, goodluck to your post office mailbox. I'm sure it's going to be filled. I'll try to send you some stuff.

Unknown said...

oh my goodness. I'm so excited about this! I love, love, LOVE getting mail too! :) you'll definitely see something fun from me :D but it'll have to wait til I get back to Alaska later this month

n.lea. said...

You mean to tell me you still haven't gotten the thing I mailed out?!?! SO not fair. I mailed it over a week ago and Chicago isn't so very far from St. Louis!

Hopefully you will get it tomorrow

I love this idea! Kinda like an art pen pal

We Blog Artists said...

I'm in!
Hope 2011 is a glorious one for you.

ricola said...


Nadya Avila Chant said...

Love this idea. May just have to send something :)

Unknown said...

Great idea my dear! I'm in!

Stephanie said...

Awesome! I'll make something and send it along, okay? This is just too cool. =]

Kayla said...

love it. my noodle is spinning...

Manon said...

I just got back from Ohio a bit ago and I want to thank you so much for my *heart*, Dean! I love my mail art!!!
I hope you are doing well. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things....slowly!!

stanw said...


david said...

im not really an artist...

ill do my best.... no promises....


gbinwpb said...

I really want to do this....sounds fun. I have to get my creative mind going!

Erika Jean said...

Have you ever heard of Postcrossing? You should check it out, it is a great postcard swapping site! If you go to the forums you can find groups (Round Robins, or RR) that only trade handmade cards!

I have a couple left over Halloween cards I made. I will send one your way!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting concept- I'll see if I can find anything worthy of your visage!

Penguinia said...

That's a pretty cool idea. Good luck with it.

Dean Grey said...


No pressure. I'll be happy with whatever I get!


Bouncin' Barb!

Oh, it will definitely be FUN!



Brody, just don't send me one of those bulky scarves! LOL, just teasing you!



Ah, the good old days!



Take your time and enjoy Alaska!



Nikki, Chicago has some of the worst postal service in the nation.

I'm sure I'll get it....eventually!



Happy New Year to you too, Char!












Definitely! Go for it!



I love pasta! Wait, you're referring to something else. Sorry!



Fill your heart with art, right Manon?







I'm sure you'll come up with something, sir!



So many possibilities!



I've never heard of Postcrossing until now!



Anything you send will be appreciated!



Glad you think so!


Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic comments!


Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful, and I think it will help you get inspired!! :)

KR said...

Ohh maybe I'd be the only one from New Zealand!! This could be very fun! I've never had post-art before!!

Cynthia said...

Nice! I just MIGHT have to send you something. *Time* is not on my side, though. I'm trying to set myself free, too, and it takes a lot of time, haha. What a brilliant idea, though. Thanks for sharing.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Fantastic idea, Dean!

Unknown said...

Cool idea. Just stumbled onto your blog and enjoy your posts. :) Have something in mind already. Have a good year.

Dean Grey said...


It will definitely keep the creative juices flowing....I hope!



Go for it!



There's no time limit so simply send something when you feel like it.






I hope I get to see what you have in mind!


I appreciate all of you chiming in here!


martha miller said...

hey, deaneroonie ~ my grandsons brey and wyeth and i EACH made you a piece of MAIL ART! so keep your eyes peeled!

Mark said...

Did you get what I sent?

Unknown said...

expect your Alaskan card soon! it went in the mail today :)

Dean Grey said...


I can't wait!!!



I did receive a piece of mail from a Mark in Los Angeles. I'm guessing that's you?





Thanks to the three of you!


Andytgeezer said...

I may drop something in the post for you from my mailart365. Keep your eyes peeled...

Dean Grey said...


I'm keeping my eyes peeled!


Anonymous said...

I read the mailart thing on wiki, but still confused as to if there is a specific size? Medium? Message? What will you do with them when you get them? Sorry for all the questions! Sounds great and I want to send something! Just found your blog.

Dean Grey said...


There's no real size or medium restriction.

If it can be mailed then go for it!

Mail Art falls under a very broad umbrella. Some people consider art being sent in the mail to be Mail Art. I believe it's when the piece of mail itself is the artwork.

Keep in mind that you have to follow the post office's guidelines and restrictions.

Please e-mail me with any additional questions (the link can be found by clicking my profile) and I'll be glad to help!


Unknown said...

Do you still use this PO Box address?

Dean Grey said...


Yes, I do!

I haven't created much Mail Art lately but I still use this P.O. Box address (I check it at least once a week).