Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Mennonite Foldnote Swap

The We {heart} Mail Art girls
have swapped again, and this time it was a 
little bit different to our usual swaps.

I had spotted on Karen Isaacson's blog,
that she had made Mennonite Foldnotes.
Her blog post is here.
Hmmmm, they looked interesting and so
I suggested to the other girls, Lenna and Jewels,
that we could swap some of our own.

In the meantime Jewels and I managed to track down 
secondhand copies of the book from which Karen 
had taken the original instructions, 

This is the foldnote I made for Jewels;

(folded, it resembles an envelope)
I sploshed acrylic paint over cheap paper,
stamping randomly.
I turned most of the circles into bubbles
(I never seem to be able to resist doing that!).

(unfolded, revealing contents)
Jewels lives in Michigan and has an adorable 
little dog called Mr Darcy (or Mr D to his friends).
When I saw this image in a vintage National Geographic 
magazine I thought of Jewels and her little chap,
and the 'found text' went with it perfectly (I think!).

For Lenna,  I painted the paper with.....

(folded as before)
.......more acrylic paint,
more random stamping,
more bubbles.

(unfolded, contents revealed)
Lenna lives in Florida with her husband, Steven,
and this image (again from a vintage 
National Geographic magazine)
reminded me of them.
The found text seemed appropriate - I know
that Lenna really does make the most of her life
with Steven, and doesn't waste a minute of it.

Once folded and sealed with a vintage postage stamp,
I popped the envelopes in cellophane wrappers
(because I was concerned that the folded paper 
would tear en route) and affixed a proper postage 
stamp to the outside of that wrapper.

Jewels' foldnote to me was created out of a vintage
magazine page which she painted, stamped
and collaged.
(folded and taped to create an envelope)
She blogged about how she made hers here.

(unfolded, revealing contents)
She used a wonderful fortune cookie saying
along with her signature retro images :)

Jewels taped the edges of her foldnote 
to avoid damage during its journey.

Thank you Jewels!

Lenna's foldnote was made out of a
page from 'Featuring' magazine,
appropriately an article about Mail Art!

(folded and glued to resemble an envelope)
She sprayed over the lightly gessoed page
using a stencil.

(unfolded, revealing a message from Lenna)
Lenna glued the edges of her foldnote
to avoid damage during its travels.

Thank you Lenna!


What fun!
This swap was fab.
I loved how one page becomes the letter
and the envelope.  They didn't like any
wastage, those Mennonites!

Our next swap is a 
'One Staple Collage'.

Thanks for looking!



Virginia said...

Oh that's fabulous work JO - what fun!

BadPenny said...

Brilliant fun - I popped over to see your inspiration too such wonderful designs & happy post !

Monica said...

Nany years ago the post office in the USA sold airmail letters like that printed with postage. It was a great way to send overseas mail as you could buy in advamce and not have to go to the post office for a stamp.
They are all wonderful and look like they were fun to do. i bet the postage was more than we paid !

Carmen said...

Your arty posts always make me smile Jo. I love these. They look so much fun to make and I bet they are equally so to receive!

missy k said...

What a fun project... great to see them all here

Karen x

Jewels said...

Hurrah it really was fun! And as always we each did something different :) Still thinking about our next challenge...

Caz said...

what a brilliant idea!! So much fun! And they all look so wonderful and colourful!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Great post, JO! Love how you showed them all the way unfolded : ) yippee good fun swap!

Linda Kunsman said...

what a really fun swap you have going-they are all marvelous! And I LOVE your bubbles!

Linda Kunsman said...

what a really fun swap you have going-they are all marvelous! And I LOVE your bubbles!

Kristin said...

That is WAY cool! I've never heard of such a thing - and it looks not only beautiful but so much fun! Love your bubbles ;) Those are some lucky girls!
Thank you too for your sweet comment about the cover - I've been out of town so sorry about the delay in response xoxo

Terri Corona said...

I thought, whatever this post is about it has to be great, with that name. And it was!

Tan Kingston said...

Enjoyed reading about your swaps here Jo. Really inspirational! Well, further on from our cuppa and convo the other week, Rachel and I have now completed our first Mennonite envelopes to each other. We have absolutely loved doing it and we both presently await receiving each others' in the post. Interested to see how you all package - or not - the envelopes. My envelope sides came out a bit 'baggy' so ended up glueing one of the sides to avoid damage. I like your nifty idea of popping envelope in cellophane! Txxx