It’s been a while since we moved the LCS blog from Apefluff to the main site and it’s been a while since our last blog post. A lot has happened and there’s a lot to talk about!
Mail Me Art 4 (Open All Hours) has been going for 17 months now. We launched MMA4 along with the current book at the London exhibition for Mail Me Art 3 (Short & Sweet) in July 2013. During that period the most asked question has been when is the deadline. Well… we’re happy to announce the deadline is 28th August 2015. For MMA4, the mail art isn’t being delivered directly to us, it’s being picked up in batches and so far we’ve collected 3 batches of brilliant mail art. I would like to show off a few of the highlights, but before that I want to mention that if you want to take part in MMA4 all you need is a copy of the MMA3 book and to receive a copy all you need to do is CLICK HERE. The Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (MMA3) book is published and distributed by The Little Chimp Society, you can get it from Amazon, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg. It’s cheaper to get it directly from us, and where do you think Amazon gets them from anyway?
Images: mail art highlights from MMA4… so far. :)
Mail Me Art 4, Open All Hours will involve an exhibition and a new book, but we will be combining it with Mail Me Art 5 (MMA: Apocalypse). Like MMA3, MMA5 will probably be an invite only project. So if you want to be sure of being part of Mail Me Art over the next year you need to take advantage of the open invitation that comes with MMA4. MMA4 is open to everyone of any age, and as mentioned all you need is a copy of the current book. You’re also welcome to get in contact if you’re a group, college or uni; we have special packages for you guys.
This blog post isn’t all about the Mail Me Art project! A few weeks ago we conducted a very nice interview with the uber-talented Yuko Shimizu. Yuko was a pleasure to interview and was happy to be asked anything. I’m pretty sure if we hadn’t ended the interview we’d still be going back and forth via email as I write this. One thing we’d like to do eventually is actually visit and interview the artists in person, but until the day globe trotting is within our reach we’ll make the most of the tools we have to hand. We’re currently conducting an interview with Discworld and fantasy artist Paul Kidby and are hoping to publish the interview early next year. We don’t want to give anything away, but we think the interview once complete is going to be a really interesting read. Paul’s a real gent.
The last thing we’d like to mention is that we’ve been working on a small zine called Secret Self with a select number of artists. The artwork and text for the zine has already been created and collected and the booklet is being designed over the next month. It’ll printed, and available to buy next year and will be the first of a number of small zines being published by the LCS. We’ve wanted to produce cool little collectable zines for a while now, it was just a case of getting the ball rolling with the right people in place. I’d love to tell you more about Secret Self, but it’s a secret. Not every project can be the size of Mail Me Art or Showcase 100, sometimes it’s nice to be a bit more personal and hands on with a project.
There’s tons more to talk about and more upcoming projects to announce, but there’ll be plenty of time for that next year. Christmas is almost upon us, so if this is the last thing you read from us before then, have a good one!
• Buy the MMA3 book – mailmeart.com/product/mmass
• More info about MMA4 – thelittlechimpsociety.com/mail-art-open-hours
• LCS interview with Yuko Shimizu – thelittlechimpsociety.com/2014/11/yuko-shimizu-interview
• Paul Kidby personal website – paulkidby.net
For artist credits for the mail art being shown on this page please visit the official Mail Me Art website.