Friday, March 30, 2012
Today was a colorful day! I received two letters in the mailbox from two friends on the west coast. One friend in the continental United States one in western Canada. The first letter I carefully opened which came in the form of a perfume tube. How creative! How colorful! Popping off the lid I found several pages of handwritten notes and wrapped in those papers was a domino. Yup, one domino. Cool! I proceeded to read my friends letter and found out that this domino lived in a movie set for Steven King. Now, really cool! I read the letter holding this domino that traveled thousands of miles to live with me. What caught my attention was not the fact that a domino was mailed to me, or that this trivial memento lived on a movie set, but that the number on the domino was 3, my favorite number.
Onto my second letter...
I carefully sliced the top of the handmade envelop and took out two sheets of paper and what looked like a repurposed playing care. I turn the card over and quickly realize that it was a playing card. That isn't what gave me goose bumps though. Upon more careful examination I realized that my friend recreated her playing card into an ATC (artist trading card) for me. That isn't what gave me goose bumps either! What gave me goose bumps was the chosen card my friend selected. She sent me the 3 of hearts! Two letters from friends who live thousands of miles apart from one another and thousands of miles away from me both sent me the number 3. Goose bumps galore! And I am mindful that it is also the third month of the year and the date is 3/30! I hope that all these number 3 appearances bring me some good luck in the near future.
So, today was my day filled with colorful inspiration and revolved around my favorite number 3!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
It is now nearing the end of March 2012. I cannot believe how fast time has gone by. I have had the pleasure of getting involved in a movement called Mail Art; the art of sending mail as art! I have perused several sites that promote and support the idea and have found a couple that have become a lifeline to me. I have taken the initiative and put pen to paper (or in my case calligraphy pen to paper) and wrote to some strangers on the given lists. At first I was writing, writing, and writing some more only to get no responses back from the recipients. Ok, I thought, maybe that was the point of this. In the back of my mind it didn't really make sense to write to unknown friends and get nothing in return. Investing time into the letter and time into the art piece only to get nothing back seemed unfair. Well, one day one of the best mail art blog and website keeper decided to update her list of willing writers and since then many have obliged and responded to letters.
Mail art is not my idea and has been a movement for many years. I claim no responsibility in this idea whatsoever. But I am a willing member of the movement. It is my understanding that those of us who actually put pen to paper, write to strangers, and create handmade envie's helps support the United States Postal Service. We all know how the postal service is operating these days and slowly but surely the postal offices are closing right before our eyes. It might be hip and trendy and with the times to go electronic but there is something romantic about taking the time to write a letter to someone. In my case, many of my "friends" are people I have never met, who are both high and low profile people, and come from many parts of the world. Scary? No. Using your filter to figure out who you might connect with on a personal level is key. Some people I clearly do not connect with but we exchange small art pieces, others however, have become good confidantes in this place called life.
The names of those that I correspond with will never be shared. But late one night I was sitting in my small studio reflecting, analyzing, and thinking quite deeply about my world and those in it. This time prompted a new idea for another blog. I am currently working on the purpose of this blog, what the message of this blog will be and meaningful ponderings to share. I am excited to eventually launch this idea because I believe there is more good in the world to share than what is already being shared.
I look forward to keeping this Color of Inspiration blog rolling as I toggle between this and the new blog. My purpose in life is to reach out and add good back into the world.
Until we write again...