Art Studio – At Peace (mail art)

'At Peace (centre fold)', Mixed Media © Stephanie Boon, 2007

For Kim, 2007

Today is a special day for me: today is my son Kim’s 17th birthday! To celebrate I thought that on today’s Art Studio post I’d share a work I made a few years ago now, a mixed media letter to Kim. It was part of a mail art (correspondence) project with another artist (‘C’). As part of the mail art project we regularly exchanged art in the post over a period of about 18 months, beginning in 2007. Each piece of mail art we sent was made in response to the previous one that we’d received.  Many of the ‘letters’ (not all of them included writing) were exhibited at the Exchange gallery in Penzance.

I still love this little mixed media piece, it’s so tactile and I’m really sorry you can’t feel it too!

At Peace (front), Mixed Media Mail Art © Stephanie Boon, 2007

Letter (the front)

At Peace (centre fold), Mixed Media Mail Art © Stephanie Boon, 2007

Kim (aged 5) (centre, opened, approx 11″ x 7.5″)

At Peace (back), Mixed Media Mail Art © Stephanie Boon, 2007

Seeds (the back)

Kim was five in the photo and nine when I made this mail art with it. The paper is hand made and has a beautiful translucency and texture to it that appeals to me for lots of reasons. The photo was always one of my favourites: Kim was lagging behind on a walk through summer fields, chatting away to himself, lost in a world of his own; one of those sentimental moments that melts your heart and stays with you forever. The fabric ‘pocket’ contains lunaria (honesty) seeds and is hand stitched in place. The seeds can move about freely behind the fabric – which was once part of the party dress I had when I was 10 years old that I mentioned in a previous post (I’m adding some of it to the Ocean Waves quilt I’m making for Kim at the moment). I sent it to the other artist in a hand made envelope, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of that to show you today.

Maybe next week I’ll show you some more work from this mail art series – quite a few pieces actually include stitching!  For now though, I’m going to go and put some candles on a chocolate cake and get ready to celebrate with Kim.  It should be a good weekend. I hope it is for you too 🙂

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8 replies
  1. Ann
    Ann says:

    Happy birthday to Kim! I hope you two had a wonderful day. How delightful that you have photos of this artwork still. Love the photo of Kim.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      It was a quiet day Ann, Kim disappeared to see his friend in the morning and then we went for a shopping trip in the afternoon – his choice and he enjoyed it 🙂 The chocolate birthday cake we had when we got home was good!


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