I recently spent one week of holidays in London. When I left for London, I did it in a hurry and did not bring any material or tools for mail art. But I knew I had to send some things from there, so I had to improvise. It made me think that I should start putting together a travel mail art tool kit, with the strict minimum I need to create mail art while I’m traveling. Something light and easy to bring with me everywhere. Question to my fellow mail artists: Do you carry any tool kit when you travel? What’s inside?
As I said, once in London I had to improvise a bit. I did not even have a pair of scissors. The only think I bought was glue. Anyway, I never have too much glue at home… I found a free city guide with maps on London inside, so I used this as a basis for an envelope.
I added some stickers, as embellishment. I don’t know if all the stickers made it as they were quite puffy. And here is the envelope I sent to Phillip.
I then realized that the packaging of the stickers I had just purchased contained a card with a nice black and white map of London. So I transformed it into a postcard to Micu in Hungary.
I sent some other pieces but forgot to take a picture…
A very nice contribution from Lars who used a bag to make paper to create a postcard. A different way of recycling. The images are not very good because the postcard has some dimension and therefore is hard to scan.
Willemien sent me a very nice envelope made from a gift paper bag she got at Le Louvre museum. It is decorated with old illustration of Paris.
On the front, she added an old map of the line 4 of the Parisian underground. She very cleverly prolongated it until the mention of Montrouge in my address. Indeed, since now few years the line has been extended and it termintes no more at “Porte d’Orléans”, but at “Mairie de Montrouge”, located very near where I live. This extension has changed my life, I can tell you.
On the back, she added a vintage map of Paris showing the area of Montparnasse, where I go very often as this is where my favorite brasserie is located!