The Prison Library Project is honoring this tradition by having a mail art exhibition in October 2012 and is inviting inmates, families and those who look to improve the lives of incarcerated friends and family to participate in this unique fundraiser.
The show is titled Postmarked and was inspired by colorfully decorated envelopes from inmates across the country requesting books and dictionaries. These inmates use an envelope as a creative canvas to share their art.
Postmarked is using the show as a way to remember and reconnect with the magic of mail and lovely postage stamps. The show also is helping the prison population, often an unheard group, share their art in the only medium that they can – with envelope, letter and pen.
“Mail may get worn or torn through the mail, but the handling process is an important part of the theme,” says organizer, Rachel McDonnell
Participants who create the art fore the Postmarked show, can paint, stamp, collage, print, decorate or construct as creativity dictates. Only the side with the official USPS Postmark/barcode will be displayed. The art must be created on an envelope and mailed in to become part of the Postmarked mail art exhibit.
All entries must be postmarked by September 30th, 2012.
Send submissions to:
Prison Library Project
112 Harvard #303
Claremont, CA 91711
All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Prison Library Project.
For more views on envelope art – please read more here.