Mail art

A few weeks ago I spent an enjoyable afternoon at one of my favourite galleries, the Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, taking part in a mail art workshop. Being a long time pen pal, and a fan of snail mail and handmade envelopes and stationery, of course I had to sign up for this!

There was a table full of beautiful papers and ephemera as well as scissors, glue, stamps and other tools, including a sewing machine (I do love sewing on paper) and a typewriter. After an introduction by Kaitlyn Patience we spent a couple of hours of cutting, pasting, embossing, sewing, etc… accompanied by the nostalgic thunk-thunk of the typewriter. Isn’t it a beauty?

I also discovered a new gadget I MUST have, a great little combination cutter/embosser. I tell you, I nearly heard angels singing the first time I used it!

It was fun to spend a couple of hours just playing around with paper. I hadn’t been feeling terribly creative that day, and decided to go with no expectations and just see what developed. It was a reminder that it’s important to make time for “play”… not worrying about the finished product, just enjoying the process and the materials you’re using. I left with the beginnings of a card and a couple of envelopes… the card I will finish, the envelopes I plan to re-construct into something else.

Kaitlyn was also hosting a mail art contest with a “secret admirer” theme. The submissions will be featured on her blog soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone came up with! In the meantime here is a peek at my entry:


About Kate

An artist and creative living advocate, I blog about Creative Canadian Women at

Posted on March 2, 2012, in art and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m so behind in my online activities like reading blogs!!
    Anyway, what a great workshop to go to! I have never done a lot with the many envelopes I sent out over the years but I know you do and I love your art. And you are so right that it’s important to take time now and then for ‘just play’. I love that too, even if the result is crap (in my case lol). I can imagine the joy you had this afternoon.

  2. Whether it involves art or anything else, I really think it’s important to have time to play… good for the soul.

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