Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mail Art by Darren Di Lieto {a book review}


For the more creative letter writers (and there are a lot of you out there!), Mail Art existed, or as is also the case, brought the letter writer out of the artist inviting hundreds of illustrators to submit their works at that became a book with an upcoming follow-up. It's a letter writer's dream coffee book - a compilation of the best submitted, highly creative letters (or to be more precise - envelopes). Just by browsing page to page, I am more aware by how plain my white envelopes are and without the nice touch of the tiny stamps, my increasingly dull handwriting comes into full view. So why don't we dive into the canvas and add some flair to the letter that will travel for miles and maybe even invite silent appreciation between Post Office staff?

The book is packed with hundreds of the submitted illustrated mails and are usually on large sized envelopes, some in boxes! Also included are interviews with 17 of the artists whose works are highlighted in the book. Born online, the participants are not exclusively from the UK where Mail Me Art is based, there are submissions from as far as the Philippines, Australia and Mexico. 

Here are some works you can find in the book or online:

Watch out for the next call for submissions, your work might just be featured and be part of the Mail Me Art exhibit to even earn cash for your work! To further fuel an inspiration to becoming more creative with the next letter you'll send to the world, also grab a copy of the second offering, Mail Me Art: Medium Without a Message.

Available at all major bookstores,, but I got mine from MyDesignShop for much less!  

So keep writing and be more creative!

Cindy Gonzales-Kujat

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