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for you, and you, and YOU!

for you, and you, and YOU!

…even though it’s grey and foggy outside my studio window!

Today has been spent putting together/packaging all of the orders from the RLD store; thanks for stopping and shopping! Secretly, I love the “boxing and bundling” aspect of online orders: the special labels, the packing tape, selecting the perfectly sized box. Shall we discuss bubble wrap? (I know, I know: I hate packing peanuts too…)

Once everything was good to go, I sauntered off to the PO.

one of two bags, dont'cha know?

one of two bags, dont’cha know?

I’ll be listing more vintage and Japanese goodies this coming Friday; here’s a little tidbit for loyal readers: airmail stripes will be involved!

I’m just sayin’.

Last week was an exceptional week as far as postal yum-yums were concerned. I put together a video for RLD readers, so you can get an eyeful of all the awesome! I swear: I’m the luckiest girl on the planet when it comes to mailbox love. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel, each time I stop by the PO…awe struck? amazed? impressed beyond belief?

Yep — all of that. And incredibly fortunate.

 

(many of you mentioned in the “RLD Reader Poll” that you enjoyed watching videos and tutorials, so I’m going to be better about posting those items!)

Back at the studio: I’m putting together some blank journals — with any luck I’ll have these guys for sale at SF Zine Fest  (August 31/Sept. 1st), along with some other zine items which are currently in progress…

journal

 

 

And there are a handful of projects that I am SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED to write about, but I’m not allowed to mention them yet. However, in the upcoming weeks, you can bet your favorite rubber stamp that RLD readers will be among the first correspondents on the block to hear all of the big news. Believe me: it’s B-I-G!

this little sign is going somewhere important!

this little sign is going somewhere important!

That being said (written?), I’ll sign off for now. How are you guys doing? Are remarkable and inspiring mail received lately? Let us know!

–JH

 

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I’m back for one quick post, before I zoom off to Japan! I promised everyone that I would post pics of the new zine project, so here goes!…

here's the front cover. Whaddya think?

here's the front cover. Whaddya think?

“Waiting/待っています” is all about people like us: folks who love to write letters, send things through the mail, and count down the days until new postage stamps debut. Written in both English and Japanese, this black and white 16 page zine (with color covers) captures the essence of waiting for the mailman to arrive at your door (or PO box).

For the title page, I used vintage mailing labels to give the reader little bit of “shazaam!” action, when they first open the zine…

look at that vintage label

look at that vintage label!

I’ve never made a long, skinny zine before. It wasn’t any more difficult to put together, but it looks like I’ll have to spend extra postage when mailing it out to people. There’s something to be said about making small zines that fit into regular size envelopes!

my favorite place..

my favorite place...

All the imagery inside the zine comes from photos I’ve taken here and there: the mailboxes outside of Haight St. post office are represented, as well as closeups of mail art or projects that I’ve been working on recently. There are some “special delivery” postage stamps photographed on my kitchen table. Once I had figured out which photos I wanted to include, I used a combo of Illustrator and Photoshop to get everything just so

stamp licker..

yes, I

Once that part of the process was complete, I made a mockup (SO VERY important!), so that I would know where all the pages were going to fall. It’s best to get all of that worked out, before you’re strapped with a bunch of incorrectly made photocopies. When I was happy with the way my mockup looked, I went ahead and xeroxed! Although this zine will be an edition of 100, I’m not making ALL 100 at once; I’ve made enough for the book fair, as well as some extras for my return. I’ll keep you posted when they’re for sale!

    here's what the back cover looks like...

    here's what the back cover looks like...

    I’ve always wanted to create a zine that uses airmail envelopes for the covers. The binding for this project is simple (three hole pamphlet stitch) — I didn’t want to use a structure that would seem too gimmicky or compete with the overall look. I designed special envelopes for the cover, so that the orientation of the zine would be vertical. Did you ever think about the fact that most airmail envelopes have some sort of horizontal design on the front? Well for this project, that meant that folks were wanting to open the book landscape-ways, as opposed to portrait. By creating covers that are obviously portrait orientation, the reader gets started on the right foot, so to speak…

    get a look at that security tint!

    get a look at that security tint!

    The icing on the cake was this: personalized security tint on the inside! How could I refuse? (I couldn’t.) It’s like a little secret hidden on the inside cover of the zine — simply irresistible! Yes, there was shrieks of happiness involved, when I realized that this option could be MINE!

    That being said (written?), you’ve now got a pretty good idea of how my days have been spent. I’ve put in alot of hard (but fun) work, creating all of these goodies for the book fair. Not only do I hope that everything sells (so that I can fill up my suitcase with Japanese awesome to share with you, dear readers!), but I’m curious to know how the Japanese will relate to the things I’ve made. It’s a bit different than creating stuff for book fairs here. Doing a show in the US, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what might be cool or interesting; in Japan, all bets are off. Will the mail art/zines/blank journals just be oddly American items, or will the transcendant power of something handmade rise to the surface and obliterate all language barriers?

    I’ll let you know what happens.

    –JH

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