Mail art postcard. No. 4540…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s elephant in the room is the one that has just sat on the host’s Stradivarius which had been carelessly left resting on the piano stool – it did make a very interesting sound as it crumpled though.
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Here we go again. Another mail art postcard, a simple collage on cheery card using snippets from that trashy UK TV listings magazine What’s On TV.

I seem to recall I wasn’t very keen on this one after I’d made it.
I usually do these cards in batches of about twenty. Often when I’ve just finished a session, and I’m tidying up the scraps of paper from the floor and putting the Pritt and the fat wad of saved cuttings away until next time, I glance through the newly made ones. Almost every time I think, Oh dear, these aren’t as good or as witty as my usual cards – perhaps my creativity is slipping?
But of course that is the nature of creating stuff – when you are in the middle of it you tend to lose judgement a bit, and you don’t know whether the stuff you are making, or have just made, is good, or dull and insipid…
If you give the work another look a day or two later you always get a clearer perspective, you get ‘fresh eyes’ on it. I say, would you like to try one of these fresh eyes? They’re delicious!… Just look at ’em sparkle in the bowl!…

Anyway, I recall nearly ripping this one up – it’s not funny, no cute animal is involved, no great big humorous eyes glued on, it’s just a random juxtaposition of a couple of TV actors advertising their new drama, and a couple of snippets with days of the week printed on them. Ah, but now, looking at this with a couple of my fresh eyes, I have decided that I do like it after all – I think it might even be a little bit pithy…
I don’t know who these actors are, or what show they were in, but it looks from the costumes that it’s one of those popular ‘period pieces’ – set in sunny mellow England, perhaps somewhere between the 1930s and the 1950s. Let’s name the girls Mildred and Florence – Mildred can see Wednesday as being best, but Florence is being really adamant about Thursday.
Yes, this is probably surrealism – so happily, you don’t need to struggle to make sense of it dear reader…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to Mail art postcard. No. 4540…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    haha, I used to watch the show (Home Fires) with Mildred and Florence on PBS Masterpiece Theater. But is was on Sunday….you need to add Sunday.

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