Friday, May 13, 2016

Airmail zine

DC No. 194 Sky

I am reminded of a poem entitled "Who has seen the wind?" by Christina Rossetti:

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.

I think of Sky the same way I think of Wind, as both are impossible to draw, or capture visually really. I can describe sky as blue or many other colours. I could pull a coloured pencil or pigment of some sort across a ground on a canvas. I don't feel confident I'd capture 'sky.' Drawing clouds would be my best bet I think. But it's an indirect route to sky. Anyway, I decided to not actually paint or draw or capture sky at all, but my contribution to this week's drawing challenge will be to share my small thoughts about sky, and to show you an airmail zine I did a few weeks ago. The plane after all needs sky to operate so that's my IN to the topic.

I received by airmail, snail mail it's sometimes called these days, a zine done by Lucia (she sent me a photocopy of her original as I was so in love with it.) The envelope that housed her zine was laying on my worktable and I just spontaneously picked it up and started and finished a little 'one-off' zine made from the front of her envelope. I didn't made itself, really, until I finished it.  The muse speaking once again...

I've been waiting to hear when she's back from her visit to Russia, before I put it into the 'air' mail for her. I need to get this mailed to her, but before I do, I'm taking pictures in a minute, so this will be my actual contribution to the drawing challenge this week. THANK YOU ERIC FOR HOSTING! I appreciate it tons, as I was very much in the mood to play again with you folk. So here's the zine:

Lucia's zine is at the bottom. You can see that mine is about a quarter of the size of hers. The front of my zine is shown above.

Front cover.

Lucia, sorry to spoil the surprise, but I'll get this into the mails a.s.a.p.!

Have a visit to Eric to see other contributions to this drawing challenge of SKY. Thank you again, Eric!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you soon, I hope, N, x


  1. Wonderful interpretation of the theme. Love your zine. Air mail, mail art: it always speaks to me. Thanks for joining Norma. - eric

  2. what are you like, he, norma. every time i am stunned by your bottomless joy, ànd expertise on tiny things such as this zine now. you feel so comfortable making these, and they become such personal pieces of art.
    i like the string of emotion you call the muse. that muse is IT and your sense of connecting to people is touching.
    (i'm eating crisps right now. that means i'm not thinking about super foods in this hour, but i so will in the next. thank you very much on your completely valuable advice. it opens up another world. thank you.)

  3. such wonderful little books, yours and hers. so kind of her to make you a copy to enjoy and hold in your hands.

    i do like your interpretation.

  4. That's so much fun Norma! I remember the year I made a 24 page zine in 24 hours as a challenge. That was so wonderful...except I did photography, so the printing and putting together was a but of a But Lucia will love this little air mail flying to her. :D

  5. lovely books, both!
    nd airmail... ah....
    how i loved that
    and still do

    nice post!!

  6. Dear Norma,
    I am overwhelmed. And happy. This is such a beautiful idea. I'm really looking forward to your mail. I would never have the patience to make such a small zine. Compliment, dear Norma. And it's weird, but now I really feel as an artist. Thank you. Meet you soon in the snail Airmail.
    yours Lucia


Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma


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