Letter writing and mailart meetup

When's the last time you sent a letter or postcard? This meetup is open to regular writers or those who haven't put pen to paper for years.

Your host, Andy, is a dedicated fan of the postal service and has been sending and receiving letters and postcards all over the world for more than 4 years. Today, he invites you to come and share his passion for the post at the best place in London for postal inspiration, The British Postal Archive opposite London's most famous postal sorting office, Mount Pleasant in Farringdon.

The plan is to take a one hour tour of the postal museum archive, going behind the scenes to look at the collections, which span over 2.5 miles of shelves covering social, postal and design history from as far back as 1636.

[UPDATE FROM THE ARCHIVE STAFF - I’ll aim to start everyone off in the search room with a general overview of the archive and some archive items on display (we also have a photographic exhibition of the Mail Rail post office underground railway) and then take one group at a time down to the repository. The other group can look at our exhibition or browse our reference library. I’ll aim to take around 45 minutes plus questions.]

We will then go into a pub/coffee shop where Andy will give you a tour through some of his personal mailart collection, artworks sent from all over the world to his postbox, mainly from people he's never met and will talk you through how to get involved in mailart.

[UPDATE FROM ANDY - Just booked a table for us at The Exmouth Arms from 7PM. If you can't make the tour, do still feel free to come along to the pub as that's where we'll be creating!]

After this, we'll be free to write letters and send art to people in the post. You can choose to send to family and friends or if you're up for it, you can send some to strangers and see what you get back.

 

As usual, bring your own stationery.

 

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  • Andy H

    Mailart day on 15th of September is now up on CREATE London. I'll start filling in the details now!

    August 31, 2013

  • Angela

    Hi Andy and Hannah,
    Thank you for arranging this, it was great fun the last time. Regrettably however I won't be able to make it as I have other commitments. If anything should change I will definitely come along.
    Best wishes, Angela

    August 28, 2013

  • Hannah C.

    Hi all, thank you for joining us at the archive last Thursday. Hope it provided some inspiration for the art work you produced afterwards! Please do join us at our next open days at the museum store in Debden. They are on:
    - Saturday 24th August
    - Sunday 15th September Please note, the open day on the 14th is at the archive, not the store - do join us, the theme is 'Mail Rail'. Here is a link to our events page: http://postalheritage.org.uk/page/whatson

    On the Sunday 15th September open day I'd be more than happy to set up a table where you can create some mail art, I'll have some craft materials available.

    Thanks again and hopefully see you again soon
    Hannah

    August 19, 2013

    • Andy H

      Hey Hannah

      August 21, 2013

    • Andy H

      A HUGE thank you for organising and I'm considering the Debden open day and how that could work. I'll get back to you shortly.

      August 21, 2013

  • Andy H

    Hey folks - I really like the idea of another mailart meetup in Debden on 15th September. It's a little further out, but we'd be surrounded by Postboxes and we'd have our own table and stuff. Who's in? I'll suggest it as a meetup here and see what takeup is like...

    August 21, 2013

  • Yumi

    Thanks for rearranged this meet up, Andy!
    I really enjoyed and meet very creative people last night.
    When I finished make a card will upload here.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Andy H

    If anyone is interested in doing this again, the British postal Museum have an open day in Debden on September 14th. Check out the details at http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/archive-open-day

    Scott tells me that there is a lot more space there so we'd be making mailart surrounded by postal memorabilia. It will be ace!

    August 16, 2013

    • carole

      Sounds like a great plan Andy. And thanks for organising yesterday. I art at home alone so it's good to find other like minded individuals

      August 16, 2013

  • Sue

    Great evening - friendly and creative. Loved seeing everyone's arty styles in mailart.

    August 16, 2013

  • LeAnn

    Had a great evening, postal museum very interesting, would have like more time there. Mail Art has opened up a whole new world, I'm very excited to be posting my first piece this morning!
    I've added a couple of photos from last night so check them out.
    Thanks again Andy for organising!

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Andy H

    Thank you all for coming tonight it was great! If you're interested in learning more about mailart check out http://iuoma-network.ning.com and my sites www.mailart365.com & www.myrealwall.com If you just want to dabble in postcards and make your mailbox a more interesting place, check out www.postcrossing.com

    I would love to see scans of what people made today, so if you get a chance let's get some pics up here!

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Angela

    Great Meetup with a great group of enthusiastic artists.
    Will miss Elena and Andy's lively company.

    August 15, 2013

    • Andy H

      Thanks Angela!

      August 16, 2013

  • Penny G.

    Just looking up some triceratops pictures, to bring my relative have odd taste.

    See you soon, Penn

    August 14, 2013

  • aman

    Hope this is not a silly question, is there a fee to enter the Museum, so i bring enough money :)

    August 13, 2013

    • Andy H

      Great question Amandeep - The tour is free!

      August 13, 2013

    • aman

      ok:)

      August 13, 2013

  • carole

    I have to confess, I have no idea what mail art so so I'm at a bit of a loss about what supplies to bring. Can you give me an idea please?
    Thanks

    August 13, 2013

    • carole

      Thank you for that Andy. I have a nice little selection of crafting stuff so have plenty to choose from. I may bring a cross section of paper crafting / fabrics and yarns.
      I Amy even crotchet a flower or few before Thursday!!!
      LeAnn, I hope this helps you too.
      See you all on Thursday.
      How exciting.

      August 13, 2013

    • LeAnn

      Thanks Andy!
      Carole, it sounds like you're well equipped, I'll see what I can bring along too, I've got some ideas. Really looking forward to it :-D

      August 13, 2013

  • Andy H

    Hi all - I've just booked a table at the Exmouth Arms from 7PM. http://www.exmoutharms.com/ I've also updated the details of the tour in the description.

    August 13, 2013

  • Sue

    Yes I'll be there! Good question Carole - mailart, in a nutshell, is art you send in the post so if it's arty and you can stick a stamp on it then it can be mailart! I'm going to bring blank postcards and sharpies - maybe some collage stuff - I'm sure Andy would say it's pretty much open to your interpretation - mailart can be knitted, painted, drawn, written, collaged, printed...

    August 13, 2013

  • Amelia P.

    Sounds very interesting if you hold another one I am there

    August 13, 2013

  • Larissa

    Would really love to come to this, but won't get away from work in time :(

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fascinating! Really looking forward to this! Looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful writing paper!

    July 31, 2013

  • Fehmida M.

    Away

    July 28, 2013

  • Andy H

    The archives have told me that they can take around 2 groups of 10 so if you can't make it please make sure you free up your space to allow others to come. It's going to be a great evening!

    July 25, 2013

  • Andy H

    Sorry for the delay in timings folks but we've finally got a date. Thursday 15th August at 5:45PM. There may be a small charge for the tour, so let me confirm that and I'll make a further announcement shortly

    July 24, 2013

  • Andy H

    I've been organising with the staff there and they only open on certain Saturdays - http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/page/archive-times Unfortunately I'm busy on both the next 2 Saturdays that they have available, so it's looking increasingly like this will be a Thursday evening. Full details to follow shortly

    July 5, 2013

  • Andy H

    Just sorting out a date now with the folk at the archives. It's going to be a Saturday, most likely in July and most likely about midday

    July 4, 2013

  • lianna

    depends on date

    June 25, 2013

  • Andy H

    I hope the guys at the archives can get us a suitable Saturday Pat and I hope you can be there

    June 24, 2013

  • Asher

    I hope its on a day im able to come

    June 23, 2013

  • Penny G.

    SO I have been letter writing since I don't know when? Let me bring a copy of Tolkein's Christmas letters. This is how Beatrix Potter began. So encourage me to write to my Grandson of 3- or just create.

    June 22, 2013

  • Christa J.

    Love the idea of this...but will of course depend on date and time

    June 22, 2013

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