Category Archives: Mail Art

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Rattrap to Rattray

Lena is WWOOFing of sorts on a pony farm in a town called Rattray in Scotland.

She received the postcard fairly soon, which surprised me for two reasons:

  • I can’t read my own handwriting annymore with absolute certainty. Had to look up the address again to decypher “Blairgowrie”;-)
  • IT exceeds Deutsche Post limitations.

Before you comment: I’ve read Wikipedia on Rattray, too. So:

The name Rattray is Raitear in Gaelic, and may derive from an English language cognate of Gaelic ràth meaning “fortress” plus a Pictishterm cognate with Welsh tref meaning “settlement”.

Greek Financial Crisis: “Just in case…”

A couple of months ago I moved back into my appartment. When I was unpacking boxes I found a little tin can full of old currencies. Amongst them three pieces of 10 drachmae.

Just in case bailing out Greece fails, I sent them to my friend Andreas in Athens:

Postcard to Andreas in Athens, Greece, Front: Just in case...

Three old 10 Drachmae Coins sent to Greece in case the country defaults and leaves the Eurozone.Postcard to Andreas in Athens, Greece, Back: Just in case...

Damaged by water

During the cold spell in February, my appartment in Freiburg suffered not one, but two burst water pipes. The first when everything froze, the second (less severe one) when the frozen pipes thawed.

During the first, the firefighters spent a couple hours in our appartment vaccuuming water, trying to prevent it from spreading into too many other appartments. The result: 4 other appartments were damaged. Ours so much that basically all the parquet flooring had to be replaced and a couple of ceilings redone. We had to vacate the appartment for three months.

During the first incident, part of the decades old plaster ceiling in my roomates room just came down. After we had evacuated as much stuff as possible from the affected room and while the firefighters were busy vacuuming water, I started taking pictures of it all. The plaster and those pictures eventually became a series of nine different postcards which were sent to about thirty different people (if you’re one of them and havent told me yet that you have received it, plese drop me a line, as always, because I’m going to file lost mail inquiries with Deutsche Post soon.)

The title for the series is borrowed from an Artists Book by the Danish group A Kassen: Damaged by water, financed by insurance, a copy of which they gave me when I was their stand in for Concrete Floor (see below) at Liste Basel.

When you’re checking out A Kassen’s site, go take a look at the projects. My favorites:  Mail (of course), Drip (white wine!) and Concrete Floor.

Postcard: Cheese from Nat(h)alie

Rarely she does send me postcards, but when I receive one from Nat(h)alie, they’re always great. Here is the last one she sent.

I guess the one I received on Jan. 3rd speaks for itself:

A slice of cheese sent as a postcard by Nat(h)alie. Back

A slice of cheese sent as a postcard by Nat(h)alie. Front

She was worried that it would go bad quickly if not refrigerated, that is why she sent it to my home address. It has been sitting on the loggia for the most part since, yet by now, almost a month later, it still looks as fresh as before;-)

Postcards: Snow to go for Texas

You know this dry snow stuff they sell at Christmas Markets? As everything else on those markets, it tends to be far overpriced. But sometime last year I found a company that sells them for less than a Dollar per test tube.

Right now, it is -6°C here in Freiburg and supposed to be getting as low as -22 by Saturday. In Austin, Tx, its 15°C and supposed to rise to 22°C by the week end. So, Molly was the perfect recipient for some Snow to Go. Especially after she liked sledding so much;-)

Postcard: Snow to Go for Molly, Front

Postcard: Snow to Go for Molly, Front

Postcard: Snow to Go for Molly, Back

Postcard: Snow to Go for Molly, Back