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I know, I know: two posts in one week. But I just couldn’t save this one until next week (especially since I’ve got a FANTASTIC interview with Hope Amico all lined up!) So I figured I’d share this as a “welcome to your weekend” sort of thing.

I was interviewed at the ALA2015 Conference by Joseph Coco, on behalf of Rebecca Hillburn and her “Natto Soup” blog. Joseph and I chat about mail art, zines, and how to get involved in the Network — take a look! (everything was completely UNSCRIPTED –> insert some sort of anxiety emoji here…)

PS: there is a little flub that I made at the very beginning of the interview…did any of you catch it? If you hit the 2 minute mark, you’ve gone too far!

–JH

 

 

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ben franklin knows best!

ben franklin knows best!

Hello RLD postal pals! March has already found its way into my mailbox – how can that even be possible?! I want to thank each and every single one of you for the incredible letters, postcards, and artwork you’ve been sending; springtime greetings, XPF thank yous … I’m always inspired by your creativity!

let this be a reminder to us all...

let this be a reminder to us all…

Speaking of XPF: in the days and weeks leading up to Ex Postal Facto, I found that my sense of time was wrapping around itself: there was either too much time or not enough time. Each minute of every single hour was filled with something to procure, a phone call to be made, or a question to answer.  My collection of lists for the weekend was something Santa Claus would aspire to (if he’s into ephemera!): scraps of paper safety pinned to lists of artists which were stapled to venue phone numbers.

please, please, pretty please...

please, please, pretty please…

The fact of the matter is: I LOVED putting together Ex Postal Facto. There were speed bumps, to be sure. But here’s the truth: from our very first planning meeting (one year ago!) to the final Sunday night dinner at Absinthe, I loved the exhilarating whirlwind of postal modernism and shared experience that has come to be known as Ex Postal Facto.

XPF badges, designed by Happenstance Type-O-Rama...

XPF badges, designed by Happenstance Type-O-Rama…

What else is there to say? I love organizing events. It’s a habit started in high school and I’ve never really stopped. Nightclub parties, catwalk shows, monthly get-togethers: event planning is something I’ve always done. There’s a certain kind of magic that happens when like-minded folks are in the same room, talking about the things they love; a shorthand language is created, steeped in excitement and the fact that certain things don’t have to be explained, are just understood. When all the details have been orchestrated just so and that magic happens, it’s unlike anything else in the world.

SUCCESS!

SUCCESS!

The Ex Postal Facto Conference was not only about meeting people for the first time, it was about meeting people you thought you’d never have the chance to meet. It was about gaining a deeper understanding of mail art culture and community (if you’re relatively new to the scene) or being reminded why you got into the scene in the first place (if you’ve been involved for awhile). The weekend was a fuel-injected shot into the mail art Network; for individual artists, it was a validation/reaffirmation that this thing we do (i.e. sending mail via the posts/creating connection) is not only alive and well, but more important than ever before.

“So, what’s next?”

A lot of folks have been asking me that question lately. While I won’t go into specifics here and now, what I can say is that things are already shaping up. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing these exciting developments with RLD readers: items like teaching/workshop dates, Correspondence Co-op get-togethers, and (!!!) a project-of-epic-proportions which I think you’ll find very exciting. There’s never a dull moment here, and 2014 is proving that once you get the ball rolling, things just keep gaining momentum!

–JH

PS: interested in ordering an exhibition catalogs for the “mail/art/book” show? Info can be found at the Ex Postal Facto website.

PPS: there are still a handful of XPF logo rubber stamps and XPF logo badges which can be ordered via the RLD online store; once they’re gone, they’re gone!

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if you've signed up for "Mail Art 101", this is part of your treat packet!

if you’ve signed up for “Mail Art 101”, this is part of your treat packet!

…in my upcoming classes at The Ink Pad on June 1st and 2nd!

packing up tools for "Faux Postage 202"...

packing up tools for “Faux Postage 202″…

If you’ve already enrolled in Mail Art 101, Faux Postage 202, or Clever Carousel Books I’m here to tell you: we’re gonna have non-stop fun! I’ve spent the last few days putting together class packets (see above), pulling examples of mail art from my(vast) archive, and constructing one or two additional carousel book samples.

getting ready for an upcoming class is half the fun!

getting ready for an upcoming class is half the fun!

Interested in enrolling? Head on over to The Ink Pad’s website. I’ll also be teaching in Oregon at the Focus on Book Arts conference June 29th and 30th — still a couple seats left in those classes as well! Celebrate your summer vacation by learning something new…

–JH

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downtown SF: tiffany's windows, august 2010...

downtown SF: tiffany's windows, august 2010...

The “Cadeux par Correspondence” series is sold out — thanks to everyone who placed their order!

If you missed your opportunity this time around (a similar feeling occurs when showing up at the post office on a holiday, only to be reminded that the PO closed…), the next series will open up sometime in October.

Once again — thank you! 🙂

Viva la Poste —

–JH

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and the winner is…

one little stack of paper...

one little stack of paper...

Congratulations to JP in CA, who had the nearly correct guess of 1490.00 USD. When the receipts were totalled up and the math completed, my annual postage expense for last year came out 1503.00 USD. JP, that was almost a bull’s eye!

To everyone else: thanks so much for participating — this has been alot of fun! There will (of course) be more contests in the future, a blog post later this week about a fundraiser/zine I’m working on for Japan, and (as always) plenty of mail art high jinks and shenanigans.

In all things postal —

–JH

PS: JP — send me an email at redletterdayzine@gmail.com with your mailing address; I’ll send your prize out tomorrow! 🙂

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Here’s a few photos I snapped the other night at the opening. You can take a look over on Flickr for the full roster of mail art delicious-ness!

And guess what? The show is still up for another two weeks. This coming Thursday night (10.21.10, 7pm), there’s going to be a performance by Jeremy Greco titled “Withheld: A Conversational Memoir”…it promises to be both interesting and salicious!

See ya there —
–JH

the work of SF's Alice So...

the work of SF's Alice So...

Richard Canard

Richard Canard

Perforations close-up...don't they look like tiny constellations?

Perforations close-up...don't they look like tiny constellations?

And guess what?! There’s a sampling of rubber stamps from John’s collection, as well as a table set up in the back room. Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to make their own mail art…

partners in (mail art) crime...

partners in (mail art) crime...

RLD on display...

RLD on display...

a sampling of the artistamps up on the wall...

a sampling of the artistamps up on the wall...

More photos can be seen on the Flickr…

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outgoing mail...

Off they go to the UK, Argentina, Spain, and other far-flung destinations. I spent an hour stuffing envelopes, writing “hello hello” ‘s, and attaching the perfect postage to each and every missive. The result was a happy, satisfied feeling: the ker-chunk of mail going into the box, the idea that within a couple of days (or a week), someone would be the recipient of something a bit unexpected…

–JH

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