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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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there's really nothing else to say...

there’s really nothing else to say…

Well. In all the October hub-bub, I somehow forgot the fact that I had a handful of additional goodies about my beginning of the month October trip! Without further ado, I’ll jump right in…

but will it fit in my suitcase?

but will it fit in my suitcase?

Mantiques Modern is described by Black Book magazine as “designers and style mavens bumping broad shoulders with real men reconciling their sharp eye for distinctive design with their relentless testosterone-fueled manliness.” I’m not sure that the description fits, but it’s definitely a good starting place. How could I not be captivated by a store which promises “machine age through mid-1970s art and antiques”?

Upon poking around in a corner, I found the beauty above. Rendered speechless, I was unable to inquire as to the cost of pictured-above item. I mean really – what would YOU say on your own custom pencil?!?!

The Ink Pad's window, filled with tasty treats!

The Ink Pad’s window, filled with tasty treats!

That evening, I had my first of two teaching sessions at The Ink Pad – very exciting! TIP staff made me feel right at home and my students for the evening were enthusiastic and oh-so-fun; take a look at the postal paradise we managed to put together in just three short hours.

can you feel the creativity rolling off the table in waves?

can you feel the creativity rolling off the table in waves?

a sampling of the collages and postcards made in class...

a sampling of the collages and postcards made in class…

And what sort of postal modern would I be if I didn’t take some rubber stamps home with me? Small, portable, and easy to carry in my luggage – who am I to say no?

it's as if every single one of these was ordered specially for ME!

it’s as if every single one of these was ordered specially for ME!

waking up can (sometimes) be painless...

waking up can (sometimes) be painless…

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Here’s a gratuitous breakfast shot for RLD readers! Herr Baron and I practically lived at this place, since they were right around the corner from where we were staying and knew how to make a decent cup (read: west coast style) of coffee.

We two spent the day galavanting around NYC, running through the Met (of course), Central Park (why not?) and the Neue Gallerie (indeed!) We dined on pub food on Lexington Avenue, met a man at the bar who lamented the lack of his favorite type of pipe tobacco (outlawed by Mayor Bloomberg, he claimed) and then I was on my way back down to The Ink Pad for another delightful teaching gig – a bookbinding class this time.

look at these beauties!

look at these beauties!

Again, my students were fast learners and lovely people; I can’t think of a better way to spend the evening. Teaching people how to make their own books and swapping stories was a magical way to pass the time. And I have it on good authority that I’ll be able to make another appearance at The Ink Pad, possibly in the spring!

Riita Ikonen's postal pieces, at the Christopher Henry Gallery

Riita Ikonen’s postal pieces, at the Christopher Henry Gallery

Our last day in town was a whirlwind of activity and synchronicity (which always seems to happen to me whenever I travel). Flashback to Day 2 of the NYABF: a woman stops by the table and we get to chatting. She mentions that she’s a photographer (Janette Beckman) and has a friend who also does the kind of stuff that I have on the table, i.e. mail art. Mentioning that her friend has a show up at the Christopher Henry Gallery, she tells me I should stop by. And so I promise myself that I will.

Riita Ikonen's postal pieces, close up...

Riita Ikonen’s postal pieces, close up…

Later that day, as I look at Riita Ikonen’s work online, I realize I’ve seen it before. About two years ago, her postal mailing project came across my radar and I told myself that if I ever had the opportunity to see her work in person, I’d drop everything to make it happen. And whaddya know? It was almost as if her work came to me, knocked on the door and said “hey! Here I am…”

Riita Ikonen's postal pieces (look closely, and be amazed...)

Riita Ikonen’s postal pieces (look closely, and be amazed…)

Riita’s missives speak for themselves; they are far more eloquent than I could ever be within the space of this blog. Suffice to say: each piece is clever, inspiring, and creates that perfect feeling of wonder which I always find myself looking for, when standing in front of a piece of art. The work was wonderful displayed in the space, hung in a grid so that the fronts and backs could be seen. Larger, unusually shaped pieces were mounted on the wall or shelves.

Riita Ikonen's postal pieces, from the "Post" show at the Christopher Henry Gallery

Riita Ikonen’s postal pieces, from the “Post” show at the Christopher Henry Gallery

Gallery owner Christopher Henry was a charming host, taking the time to explain Riita’s project and giving the Baron and I carte blanche access to sneak a peek at her shared workspace below the gallery. The icing on the cake was an exceptional catalog to the show, hand bound by Riita!

So there you have it: another sensational trip to NYC. In the days and weeks to come, RLD readers will be hearing more about the good things which are in the works and to come – over the next few months and into next year.

Keeping it postal modern –

–JH

PS: as mentioned above the catalog for Riita Ikonen’s “Post” show is excellent, and a welcome addition to any mail artists’ book shelf. Priced at $30.00, the catalog features full color images of the fronts and backs of all the pieces in the show. You can contact the gallery directly to see if copies are still available.

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so bright, so colorful!

so bright, so colorful!

Well, September has come (and practically gone!) I’ve spent the month wandering different stationery stores in preparation for my first “back-to-school” day of teaching! The semester kicked off without a hitch, and now I spend my time divided: three days at the studio, two days in the classroom. Oh luxurious days of summer, how quickly you flew by!

and how about these guys?

and how about these guys?

Once my work for SF Zine Fest wrapped up at the beginning of September, it was time to jump into production mode for the NY Art Book Fair (I’ll be vending there next week). But first, I wanted to squeeze a couple of extra projects into the mix (because, you know…I wasn’t quite busy enough…)

this is what an edition of 65 looks like...

this is what an edition of 65 looks like…

Long time postal pal Mr. Jazz has been involved with the Burning Man PO for quite some time; one could say that he was one of the original postmasters of the BRC PO. As a special favor, he carried SF Correspondence Co-op mail up to the BRC PO, so that it could receive special Burning Man cancellation, and be sent to addressees. AWESOME.

there's a recurring theme here somewhere, but I can't quite figure it out...

there’s a recurring theme here somewhere, but I can’t quite figure it out…

I’ve also been doing more soft block carving, gaining inspiration from artists such as Julie Hagen Bloch and Carroll Woods. I love the fact that printed, these small size blocks look as good as a wood block print – without all the hassle of actually carving wood blocks. Plus it’s “no muss, no fuss”; I can literally carve a block in 15 minutes or so, depending on how elaborate the design is.

I feel so official, addressing an envelope to PM...

I feel so official, addressing an envelope to PM…

But the main thing that’s been taking up practically all of my time is prep for the upcoming NY Art Book Fair. Brainstorming, stamping, constructing, printing: I’ve spent untold hours in the studio lately, creating an avalanche of new items to tempt! (more photos tomorrow, I promise…)

signed up for "Mail Art 101" at The Ink Pad? This is a sneek peek!...

signed up for “Mail Art 101” at The Ink Pad? This is a sneek peek!…

I’m also thrilled to be teaching two evening classes at The Ink Pad in NYC – what a treat! Putting together class kits and goodie bags, carefully planning all sorts of demos, and selectively choosing artwork for show-n-tell have been additional matters to take care of – but oh what fun! As I taped up my boxes to send to NYC, I made sure to put a little bit of SF mojo in as well.

a whirlwind of tissue, plastic, and bubble wrap...

a whirlwind of tissue, plastic, and bubble wrap…

So there you have it! I’ll post photos tomorrow of the new artistamps, zines, and items that I’ve been working on throughout the month. And if you happen to be in NYC next weekend, be sure to drop by the Art Book Fair and say hello! I’ll be located in “The Schoolyard”, table A17.

Until tomorrow!

–JH

PS: classes held at The Ink Pad are currently sold out, but you can give a call to the store and put your name on the wait list…

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