When yesterday began I didn’t know I’d have such a nice memory to take away from the day when it ended!
A collage student of mine, Christine, emailed me and told me her aunt, Sheila, was in town. I correspond with both Christine and Sheila in the mail art world. Obviously I know Christine personally but I had never met Aunt Sheila. Christine said Aunt Sheila had wondered if we could meet and maybe she might see my studio? Of course I said yes right away. What a nice chance to see someone I know only through their art, and to catch up with Christine, too.
So they came here yesterday afternoon. We had such a nice time visiting and talking about the art-making process, the various kinds of art we do, mail art, and a lot of other subjects. Including poetry. We are word people as well as visual art people – I think that’s one reason we like mail art.
What a nice treat this was for me and I really appreciate it that they made time for it.
So, if anyone comes to my studio they go home with a souvenir. That’s just how it works! Aunt Sheila is a librarian and she had been looking at my altered art books. I don’t really sell them too often – they take time to go through and appreciate, and that doesn’t really work well in art shows and fairs – people are on the move. And I want the books to go to people who I think will really value them. They take a lot of time, they have a lot of art in them, and I also try hard to write a text that goes with the pictures and yet could stand on its own.
The idea was just right for Aunt Sheila. She looked over the selection and this is the one she picked. Thank you, Christine and Aunt Sheila, for your visit.