I wasn't particularly close with him but it's still sad to think he's gone. Hardest hit was my Aunt Nancy (my youngest aunt and his wife).
Due to work, I wouldn't be able to see her during the anniversary of his death, so I sent this Mail Art instead…
Feathers on archival backing board - roughly 5" x 5" (NFS)
It's similar in concept to the one I made for my Aunt Diane after my Uncle Bill passed.
I cut backing board (used for comic book storage) into the shape of a heart. Colorful feathers were hot-glued to the front with sparkly fringe lining the edge.
I think the softness of the material loses the heart-shape a bit but it's still clearly defined on the backside…
The back was lined with origami paper because I prefer the address-side to have a pattern so it's not so plain-looking.
And since the concept of Mail Art is the artwork itself is the actual mail, once the stamps were placed on, this heart was sent as-is in the mailbox.
My mom did question if it was safe to send the piece like that. That it may get damaged or lost.
"That's the whole point of Mail Art," I replied. Arriving there is part of the process!
Thankfully my aunt let me know the heart arrived that week safe and sound.
Love was delivered to my Auntie Nancy!!