Experimenting with junk mail

junk mail
I’ve been convinced for a while that junk mail can be of some kind of artistic use. I’m still not sure exactly what or how it could be of use, but I wanted to start experimenting.

I started setting aside pieces to make small book bundles. I was looking for heavier- weight catalog covers, tri-folded letters on good, heavy card stock, slick oversized postcards, and maybe some return envelopes.

After I gathered them and staggered them as I wanted, I sewed them with a pamphlet stitch to make a single-signature “book”.

junk mail book

I had the idea to empty some of my scrap bins and just glue pretty much anything that I thought might work in a particular spot, not caring much about detail. First, I quickly and lightly painted over some of the glossy pages so that when I glue my scraps they would stick.

Then I got started gluing.

collaging junk mail jj 1

collaging junk mail jj 2

It took me a few days to get everything.

collaging junk mail jj 3

collaging junk mail jj 4

collaging junk mail jj 5

Here’s the cover:

junk mail jj cover

But now that’s done I have to choose to leave it as is, or do something else to it. I think I’m going to put some paints out and see what it looks like if I add smudges of color here and there. There are already tons to colors on these collages so I’m going to pick muted and dull colors. I want to tone the whole thing down.

We’ll see how it turns out.

Stay tuned.

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