Some of you are already familiar with my mail art call for the library display I’m coordinating at the Lackman branch of the Johnson County Library. For those that are not, I’ve been gathering submissions for several months for this display to promote Library Card Sign-up Month (September). The regular blog for the project, Library Mail Art, will be updated this weekend, since I will need to feature a couple of pieces that haven’t yet arrived, and I promised photos for the participants. But I put the display up last night, and here is how it turned out:
Shirley, my granddaughter’s other grandma, loaned us her decorative mailbox for this project, so I made some postcards so people could “mail” their comments. (Thank you, Shirley! This was a great touch!)
We received around 60 pieces from all over the world, so I consider it a huge success! The concept of mail art hasn’t really gotten popular here in Kansas, and the whole idea of mailing anything with a stamp is almost a foreign concept anymore. In fact, someone last night said, “Wow, these even have stamps on them! Are they all current?” as if this might be a collection of antique postcards. (I guess he didn’t see my sign.)
I think more people are looking for encouragement to express their creativity as a way to balance out the other demands in their lives. Books on creativity, collage, and mail art are getting more popular, so I think that first class mail might be on the way back!