Remembering Mail Art Part 2: Nightmares

Here’s our next big Coffee Club project, the follow-up to the Coffee Club Book I showed you on Monday. This one was called Nightmares, and the idea behind it was that if you drink a lot of caffeinated coffee too late in the day, you’re bound to have some pretty interesting nightmares *if* you’re able to fall asleep at all.

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I started it off with some simple loose pages. I don’t remember where I got the text, whether it was found or taken from a story or something I wrote. Sorry about that.

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I was always way more of a facilitator than an artist; everyone else’s contributions were much richer and more detailed. Thank goodness. Left on my own back then, I was pretty bland and straight forward in my stamped stuff.

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Above: a stamped envelope containing three illustrated nightmares.

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This page, above opens up:

 

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So that’s our book of coffee-induced Nightmares. On Friday I’ll show you photos of the last of our projects, from 1996, that wasn’t ever wrapped up. I like to imagine it could pack itself up and take off on its own, tracking down all the participating artists and letting them create one more page.

Journal_Fodder_365_160For more collaborative art ideas, check out Journal Fodder 365 by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.

 

 

 

 

 

Ricë is the author of Living the Creative Life, Creative Time and Space, and Destination Creativity. She also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.


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