MinXus Mail Bag: Correspondence Art & the Art of Correspondence by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

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Mail-art by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

Discovering musician and zinester Jude Weirmeir was far more random than the usual process of meeting friends of friends via the Eternal Network and, very often, via IUOMA-Ning. Tenderfoots might recall Jude Weirmeir’s first appearance upon our humble blog:


We enjoyed the piece very much and it was well received. We trade in what is sometimes called Correspondence Art. This thank you card Jude Weirmeir sent us is a reminder that written correspondence is a complex social function involving etiquette, manners, obligations and many other elements. This larger framework has applications in mail-art or correspondence art; it is connected to larger practicalities of maintaining and building relationships. As written communications via snail mail are becoming less and less the norm, the old conventions are fading. This could be positive, negative or meaningless, depending on your individual perspective.

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We must confess that we are touched that Jude Weirmeir actually took the time to send a thank you. This was, we protest, completely unnecessary. Jude’s gesture is deeply appreciated. The great thing about mail-art has always been the mutual support, the “rising tide raises all boats” spirit.


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