If you’re familiar with illustration portal The Little Chimp Society, chances are you’ll have heard about Mail Me Art. Launched back in 2009, by LCS founder Darren Di Lieto, this unique art project brought together an international community of artists and illustrators, amateur and professional alike, through art in the form of mail – for the price of a stamp, illustrators, artists and doodlers were given the opportunity to get their artwork featured in a group show & published in a book dedicated to the project.
The posted package itself is the work of art and, unlike a traditional letter or parcel, it is intended to be received and admired for it’s own sake. While a normal item of mail fulfils a practical purpose such as delivering a bill, a letter from a loved one, a notice from an employer, or a gift sent by a friend, with mail art the box or envelope becomes the centre of attention instead. Darren Di Lieto
So far, Mail Me Art has consisted of two exhibitions, two books and over 1300 pieces of mail art – and this week we discovered that the project is back for 2013! Limited to 200 participants, this time round the project will be by invitation only. Mail Me Art 3 Short and Sweet will also culminate in an exhibition in July, alongside a new book showcasing all of the brilliant new mail art!
Illustrators are encouraged to express their interest in the Mail Me Art project – shortlisted artists will be contacted over the next few months. But don’t worry – if you’re not selected this time round, Darren promises Mail Me Art 4 is already on the horizon for 2014. Sounds like too good an opportunity to miss!
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