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Inspiring mail art friends

Of course, mail art wouldn’t work without having people who you could send it to. Nadine Wendell-Mojica is one of my best mail art friends, she even kept on sending me the most wonderful and entertaining ink sketches when I wasn’t getting around to do any postal art myself. It is thanks to her that I never forget to come back to drawing, painting and crafting for my dear mail art friends all around the world after months of inactivity.
Here is a collage of all the great encouragement I’ve received from her so far:
Nadine Wendell-Mojica COLL kleine Datei Thank you, Nadine. I hope I can get something in the mail for you soon.
SARAH.

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SENT CARD #14: The bookish postcrosser (a book recommendation)

(#14) DE-1079605 to Kylie (USA)
(The photo on the card shows the summer flora in our backyard that normal people call weedy and that I call pretty; and picture-worthy if nothing else ^^ )

Amidst all postcrossers there are quite a few booklovers, like me and like Kylie from San Francisco, the recipient of my fourteenth postcrossing card. Besides telling her what I did during the day (spending a great time at the barn with the horses), what made me smile that day (the fact that my seventh postcrossing card had arrived 🙂 ) and what I dream to do one day (writing a book), I also included a book recommendation.

My recommendation for her:

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

The story in a sentence:
After losing everything Alan Christoffersen holds dear and everything he’s ever lived for, he sets out to cross the entire country, from [Seattle in Washington] to Key West, Florida, on foot and essentially find his way back into life.

And why I like this book so much:
Of course it’s a very traumatizing situation for a person to lose everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – it’s also incredibly fascinating to see how it also liberates them to do things they otherwise wouldn’t have been able, wouldn’t have dared or even wanted to do: Like crossing the entire country on foot. And most important of all: “The Walk” let’s the reader hope by showing that there is a road – literally! – that can lead you out of the deepest depths and most depressing situations in life, all you have to do is take the first step and walk.

 

Today I received my parcel from amazon containing the second installement in the series: “Miles To Go”. I’m really looking forward to reading it and will let you know if it’s any good 😛 like the first.

If you’ve also read “The Walk” and maybe “Miles To Go” too, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Feel free to leave me a comment below 🙂

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FLUXUS

Fluxus” by from France.

I am not really sure if “E” is referring to the Fluxus art movement of the 60s but there is a wonderful quote from the Fluxus artist Emmett Williams that I’d like to share with you:

“Das Leben ist ein Kunstwerk, und das Kunstwerk ist Leben.”

“Life is a work of art, and a work of art is life.”

~ Emmett Williams

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♫ Endless Red Tape ♫

Another promise, another scene,
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds,
And endelss red tape to keep the truth confined 

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious

~ Uprising by MUSE

This is one of my favourite songs by the British band MUSE and especially the line endless red tape to keep the truth confined inspired me to create this piece of mail art:

I took a piece of cardboard and with the help of some superglue I literally wrapped “red tape” around it. The whole thing got so thick I was afraid the postal service would refuse to transport it for the price of a regular postcard. But no, I was lucky, they did accept it! It took over six weeks though before it reached its destination: The mailbox of Kerri Pullo in Tucson, Arizona. In spite of all that it actually didn’t get mangled too badly; I guess it’s just tough like that!

And…
Kerri likes that song by MUSE too!!! I don’t know how big a fan she is but I just love their music. I’ve been to two of their Resistance Tour concerts: The one in Berlin 2009 and the first of the two big gigs at Wembley in London 2010!
Here are some pics from the concerts. Their stage setup and show is just crazy!

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So, what do you listen to?  Does music influence your art sometimes too?

Have a great Tuesday, see ya,

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In Motion

Dear Friends,

“A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.”
~Gerald Raftery (author, poet and journalist)

I spent the day at the barn, mucking out the stall and taking care of “Romanze” (romance), the horse I am leasing. Instead of riding I decided to turn her loose in the covered arena. It’s always a delight to watch her run freely and tonight I tried to take a couple of pictures. Unfortunately it was a little too dark and the photographs obviously didn’t turn out right – out of focus etc. I liked these two shots anyway because they caught the “in-motion” feeling so well : ) and somehow this is exactly what I meant to preserve on film.

Isn’t it great to see someone enjoy their freedom so greatly? Jumping, running, kicking – Bucking of all frustrations accumulated and really dig the time not being bridled by the everyday circus.

I think many in this day and age have forgotten how important it is to do what my horse just did tonight. I am not saying people should go outside, run around and buck like a mad person –  or maybe they should (?) – but just be who they are and forget what other people say, might think or expect of them for at least a little while. There are many people on this planet fighting for the freedom we are already being granted. We shouldn’t waste it by distorting ourselves to please others.

So, what are you waiting for? Take off that stupid bridle for once and run, run, run – the freedom is yours!

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…and on the second day of Christmas I’ve had ENOUGH!

Dear Friends,

It’s the day after Christmas in the US, The Second Christmas Day here in Germany or Boxing Day as they like to call it in the UK. All the presents have been unwrapped and now I feel it’s time for me to wrap up the Christmas celebrations for this year by sharing the photograph above and the postcard below with you. Since I already had to go back to work today and have to work the morning shift tomorrow I am forced to keep this post short.

This is my 24th sent Postcrossing-card and it’s on its way to Zazka who lives in Russia. As my phrasing implies it hasn’t arrived yet. I am almost certain though that it will arrive on time for Christmas because Russian Christmas is celebrated thirteen days after our Wester Christmas: On January 7th in accordance with the old Julian calendar.

Zazka lives in Russia’s capital city Moscow and loves to receive German Christmas cards all year round : ) So, no matter when my postcard is going to drop into her mailbox it should make her mightily happy.

I hope you had a chance to relish the last few moments of this year’s Christmas today, or, in case you are Russian, will be able to stand another thirteen days of anticipation : )

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Let’s get the ball rolling!

Dear Friends,

Today is the day: The day of my first official blog-post! I’m overly excited and nervous because on the one hand I know that this has the potential to turn into something great, on the other hand I am mightily afraid of – excuse my language – screwing this up completely. Anyway, let’s get the ball rolling.

In a way I’d like to jump right at it, but I think an introduction is exactly what we need right now:

My name is Sarah and I’m a 21-year-old German country-bumpkin with a head full of ideas and a heart full of dreams who likes to be creative, be outside, travel, and chase all her crazy dreams around. On Postcrossing I’m also known as the Mailmonster.

The blog I’m starting with this very post today was inspired by sending and receiving postcards via Postcrossing and is dedicated to all the great and not-so-great things in life. The connection between the two might not be obvious at first but believe me, it is.

When I started writing my first couple of postcards, I really wanted to make people happy with what I chose to send, I wanted every card to fit the recipient perfectly. And I still strive for it to be that way.

So while very thoroughly studying their wishes concerning the postcards’s image and message’s content, I most often came across the request: “Please write something about your life, your country and culture.” I know that the request itself is not uncommon and what I’d like to know about the people sending me a card too. Trying to meet that wish though made me think a lot – think about myself and my life. It made me look closer at all the small parts that my life is made up of.

Now every time I send a postcard out into the world, it feels like sending away a small piece of me, a little scrap of my life. And in return I receive a little bit of somebody else’s life, to compliment and enrich my own.  I want to carry these cards – these little bits of life, I send and receive – beyond the borders of the Postcrossing-project, because they make me pay a lot more attention to everything I do, see and experience. It all causes me to reflect on my life and I am already beginning to live more consciously. Every day it seems I uncover another gem I haven’t recognized as such before and I feel it’s only fair to share my new-found wealth with you.

In my mind it eventually came down to something like this:
“Why not dedicate a blog to it? Dedicate it to the postcards, to the little and precious things in life, to the crazy thoughts, the friends, the fiends, the tears, the smiles and everything else there is? Why the heck not?! Don’t be a chicken, just go for it!”

Well, I can say, I am not a chicken.

I can only hope I didn’t scare you too much with this “all-over-the-place-post” and you will come back again. More information about me and a much more organized introduction to the blog here.

I’m already lovin’ you all to death,

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