Art in the Mail

January 20, 2015

Dancer by Hedi Kyle

This is a piece of art that arrived in my mailbox a few years ago

Today I sent three packages of my of work out into the world via the United States Postal Service. There’s something I like about putting art in the mail. Fortunately, the post office works both ways. Sometimes I receive art in the mail. Thinking about this made me want to write about some of the comings and goings to and from my mailbox.

Card from Purgatory Pie Press

New Years card from Purgatory Pie Press

The most recent piece of art I received in the mail was from Esther and Dikko and Georgia and Polly at Purgatory Pie Press. This card was hand set by Dikko Faust with AlphaBlox. The card is printed on a gold paper. It shimmers and glows and catches the light in unexpected ways. I am very happy to have this building-block like number card here at my desk.

Holiday Card from Joan

Holiday Card from Joan

During the holiday season Joan, a woman I’ve known since high school sent me this handmade card. Although Joan and I had mutual friends in high school, she and I never specifically made a connection. She happened to marry someone I who I consider a dear friend, and, although he and I don’t communicate directly much anymore, Joan and I have gotten into this rhythm of sending each other a hand-made card every year. It’s a tradition that makes me very happy. Every card she sends me is more lyrical and charming than the last. It’s always a wonderous surprise to open the envelope that carries her designs to me.

Card by Ed Hutchin

Card by Ed Hutchins

Occasionally I will get knock-your-socks off card from Ed Hutchins. His envelopes are also distinctive and memorable. This was a card was one that he made for the WCC Art Club–can’t remember what that organization is, but he was telling me about it, then he sent me the card. I am grateful to have anything that Ed sends me, but this pop-up is a sight to behold. While folding and unfolding the card, the words THANK and YOU pivot in opposite directions, either fanning open, or nesting into each other as the card closes. Not counting the planes of the base of the paper, there are five popping up planes in this card.

Dancer by Hedi Kyle

by Hedi Kyle

This lovely little dancing book came to me from Hedi Kyle a few years ago. The sash extending from her waist says “spin  wheel  reel  twirl  swivel  swirl  pirouette”. I keep her hanging up high where she stays safe, but close enough that I can enjoy her presence. Sometimes she seems to glow.

Books to Fill by Paula B Krieg

Books to Fill

This set of books was sent today, from me to Tammy in Saskatoon, Sk Canada. Tammy teaches elementary school, and, from what I can gather, she runs a bookmaking club, and has been doing this for years. Her last note to me made reference to her bookmaking club that was meeting today at lunchtime. I don’t know Tammy, except through this blog, and it pleases me to be able to send her and her students these books.

sending out books

Heading out

Last picture. These two packages went out today, one to Minnesota, the other to Texas. Can flip-books be in Beta? These books are going out to teachers who have expressed a willingness to look them over and, hopefully, be able to give me some feedback on how students respond to them. This is the first time that I have asked for a collaborative interface with my books from people I don’t actually know. I’m really interested in seeing how this goes. I have a good feeling about it, and  I hope that I can find more ways to do this kind of exchange in the future.

Some of best things that come to me from afar don’t come through the postal service, nor can I even touch them. What I am thinking about now is a comment that was left here a few weeks ago. Iris wrote to me saying about my blog: ” It is sent and used recently to a refugee school in Indonesia, founded last year by friend from Afghanistan, refugees themselves. They made books with the youngest kids in an instant and are happy to be informed and taught.” What a gift it was to hear this!

Tomorrow I travel up to Bolton Landing to work on planning out projects with teachers and students, pre-k through seventh grade. These collaborations are the best.

 

6 Responses to “Art in the Mail”


  1. Dear Paula, Thank you for this great post! You are doing such a good work for teachers and children AND artists!.. This quote: ” Tomorrow I travel up to Bolton Landing to work on planning out projects with teachers and students, pre-k through seventh grade. These collaborations are the best.” seems very exiting and since we are trying to set op a programm for the same subject we would be very happy to exchange experiences in that field. WE, are my collegues artist/teacher and me, working in human rights educational projects in schools for our foundation Freedomhouse-Art in the Netherlands. Your blog is also sent to Indonesia to a refugee school. Hope to talk to you when there is some time! Lots of success, Iris

    Sent from my iPad

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    • Iris, I was thinking about you when I woke up this morning. I should be heading out the door, but I turned on the computer because I wanted to add a line to the my post, and that line comes from the last comment you left on my blog. I’m going to add it in now. It’s about how some of the best gifts are ones I can’t touch, but that I can feel.
      thank you. I would be happy to know more about your work.

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  2. ivasallay Says:

    How wonderful and fulfilling!

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  3. tehachap Says:

    I found your blog through Mikela Caldera’s blog, “Folding My Universe” http://www.origamichila.blogspot.com/ I received one of these folded books many years ago and have yet to figure out how to duplicate it. Thanks for sharing your work and your world.

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    • I hope you found the directions that you were looking for! I had a similar experience as you, though I was a young adult when I first saw what I call the origami pamphlet. I saw the directions but couldn’t remember them, then it took me years to come across it again. Susan Joy Share taught me the structure, and she had learned it from Hedi Kyle. This was back in the late 1980’s! The origami pamphlet is just about the most elegant book structure ever. I have a pinterest board that shows many different sets of directions that people have made for this structure https://www.pinterest.com/bookzoompa/one-type-of-book-with-many-names-and-many-sets-of-/ This past I week I taught about 70 first graders to make it. They loved it. Thanks for your note. Enjoy making the book!!!

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  4. Joseph Nebus Says:

    Oh, that New Year’s card looks magnificent.

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