About – the rules

We are a group of artists who met on the Web, Denizens of the Blogisphere so to speak. One among us suggested that we do a Mail Art project with each participate choosing a theme. We have a month to complete the project and exchange the cards before the next theme.

September’s Theme was Juju. Tina Banda is Creator of the Project & this month’s theme.

the ATC “rules” so far, based on previous convos here and what seems like it will work within this forum:

-each month a new host will decide the theme or idea for the entire group of ATC participants. the host will top post in 3023 that theme or idea in the first 4 days of the month. the theme/idea can be anything, although it helps to be at least somewhat specific so we have some guidelines to work with. in other words, please don’t say “take a photograph!” or “draw a picture!” but you could say “draw a picture in the style of natural history illustrations” or “take a picture of a room in your house.”

-the host will also list the pairs in the same thread. we have ten participants now so we can have five pairs. people may join in and add to our list as time goes on, so once in awhile we may have an odd number of participants. in that case, we will simply add a third person to one of the pairs. whoever you have been paired up with, that is the person you will be mailing your postcard to and you will receive one from your partner/s.

-I have the names and snail mail address of all ten people (12 now). I will email that list out tonight to everyone on the ATC list. please print out that list and keep it somewhere for future reference.

-everyone will work on their cards and mail them out to their partner/s by the end of the third week. you will get to keep the card you receive and put in in your own private collection. you may use the front and the back of the card. you may put it in an outer envelope or not, whatever you choose is ok.
-the cards should fit within the parameters of standard postcard size.

US Postal Service postcard Dimensions Minimum Maximum
Height 3-1/2 inches to 4-1/4 inches
Length 5 inches to 6 inches
Thickness 0.007 inch to 0.016 inch

(Note: This is a basic size we work from and try to use as a starting point, although, many of us have created folding and 3-D works which really stretch the use of this dimension…I say, feel free! …SSF~)

you may choose anything fitting within the minimum to maximum size. the exact size is up to you, unless the host specifies otherwise. I, personally, will be consistently using 4×6 size because it’s easy to find that size postcard in art stores but again, it’s up to you.

-Before sending your card, scan it for the posting during the last few days of the month. If this isn’t possible, the recipient will scan or photograph it and post it on the forum for you.

Send your card the third week of the month so hopefully the recipient will have it before we post the images on the forum.

Cover the real name and mailing address in the scan or in photoshop because we will be posting those scans and sharing the work in 3023 in the last 4 days of the month. the host will start the top thread saying “ATC postcard thread” or whatever works so the other people know to post their postcard in that thread. you may request to not have your postcard that you made posted in the forum. just make it clear to the recipient of your postcard in some way and there will be no questions asked.

Our first theme is inspired by something I read in an interview with one of my favorite filmmakers Jan Svankmajer. Svankmajer is a stop-motion filmmaker but first and foremost, he considers himself a surrealist. he believes that certain objects can have magical power and intensity. here is a quote from that interview explaining his philosophy:

“Objects conceal within themselves the events they have witnessed. That’s why I surround myself with them and try to uncover these hidden events and experiences. Sometimes objects speak immediately as one looks at them, or touches them; at other times it takes longer, occasionally years, for them to speak out. People were touching the objects and things in certain situations in life, while experiencing various tensions or moods and they have deposited their own feelings and emotions in them through their touch. The more an object has been touched, the richer its content. I have always tried in my films to ‘excavate’ this content from objects, to listen to them, and then illustrate their story. In my opinion, this should be the purpose of any animation: to let objects speak for themselves. This creates a meaningful relationship between man and things, founded on a dialogue, not on consumer principles. This way the objects free themselves of their utilitarian function and return to their primaeval, magical meaning. The first things man created were indeed alive and it was possible to converse with them.”

I use the phrase “juju” to describe objects of this nature. here is the official definition of juju from dictionary.com:

Top Web Results for “juju”

5 results for: juju
American Heritage Dictionary – Cite This Source new!
ju·ju (jj) Pronunciation Key
An object used as a fetish, a charm, or an amulet in West Africa.
The supernatural power ascribed to such an object.
A style of Nigerian popular music featuring electric guitars and traditional drums.

[Hausa jj, fetish, evil spirit.]
juju·ism n.

Main Entry: juju1
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: a charm or amulet with magical powers; also written ju-ju
Etymology: French joujou `plaything’

Your first postcard assignment is to draw or paint an object that you own which you consider to have juju. you can include text about that object on the front or back of your postcard if you wish.

theoneintheback – lynxxe
artinflux – manx
idraw – creative maniac/gh
tas – mununky
studiosf – kunstler

October’s Theme was Chiaroscuro was choosen by idraw.


|kēˌärəˈsk(y)oŏrō; kēˌarə-|


the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something : the chiaroscuro of cobbled streets.

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Italian, from chiaro ‘clear, bright’ (from Latin clarus) + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’ (from Latin obscurus).

The order (as per K’s suggestion)

theoneintheback – kunstler
artinflux – lynxxe
idraw – manx
tas – creative maniac
studiosf – mununky

November’s Theme 7 DEADLY SINS IN MOTION was choosen by Manxart.

Mine is a double whammy
theme is the 7 deadly sins. You can use all or just one..thats your call.
THE TWIST: it has to have a kinetic component to it..whether it be a pop up, a peel back (aka SSF) fold over (aka K45)ETC…. HAVE FUN!!!!
Kinetic sculptures are examples of kinetic art in the form of sculpture. In common with other types of kinetic art, kinetic sculptures have parts that move or that are in motion. The movement may be real or imagined, as in the case of kinetic sculpture using light or projection, for instance in the work of Abraham Palatnik. sound sculpture can also, in some cases, be considered kinetic sculpture. The motion of the work can be provided in many ways: mechanically through electricity, steam or clockwork; by utilising natural phenomena such as wind or wave power; or by relying on the spectator to provide the motion, by cranking a handle, shifting viewpoints or even by optical illusion. The term kinetic art was first recorded by the sculptors Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner in their Realist Manifesto issued as part of a manifesto of constructivism in 1920 in Moscow .7 deadly sins:Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation.Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.

Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.

history of the sins: http://www.deadlysins.com/sins/history.html

oneintheback – mununky
artinflux – K45
idraw – lynnex
tasmania – manxart
ssf – creativemaniac

Up-coming months:

November/ Dec Theme- Manxart

January’s Theme – studioSF
February’s Theme – Artinflux
March’s Theme – Mununky
April’s Theme – creative_maniac
May’s Theme – Lynnxe
June’s Theme theoneintheback
July’s Theme – kunstler45

August’s Theme- sweeney

September’s Theme- Turps

2 responses

8 03 2008


11 06 2008

I’m a visual artist interested in joining your group. Is this possible?

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