Greetings Museum of Motherhood readers!
Hop on the “Fe-Mail” Brillo Van
1. Brillo Van post card
We are “Fe-Mail”, a duo of female artists deep in conversation through our mail art for over 4 years. We are mothers. We are artists. We are yoginis. We are teachers.
We are sisters. We are daughters. We are beloved. We are awake
2. Being awake postcard
Over the course of the next 10 weeks we will share the back story on our some of our “Fe-Mail” Art pieces and tell you how this rather ordinary act of sending mail to each other has tethered us to the wonder of art making and soul sharing through the language of our collage dialect.
What is “Fe-Mail”? It is mail art by females: Karen Arp-Sandel and Suzi Banks Baum.
3. Fe-Mail Bonding post card
Our mail art exchange chronicles our lives, our friendship, and our dialogue in vibrant mixed media creations. “Fe-Mail” Art is our postal discourse that visually and artistically nourishes us each individually while we send cards for the pleasure of the recipient. Historically, sending art though the mail is a long-standing tradition across the globe. Our “Fe-Mail” cards embody our female perspective while honoring the radical Mail Art movement.
Our Muse is the flow of everyday life. “Fe-Mail” channels our creative passions with glue and the tidbits of papers that run through our fingers, at home and on the road.
4. Two Women post card
What does it mean to simultaneously honor the feminine self, the role of mothering and also commune with the Muse? We will be answering this question every week from a slightly different perspective. Thank you for stopping in. See us here, every Tuesday at the Museum of Motherhood blog.
BIOS: Karen Arp-Sandel – I am a woman who wears many hats: artist, educator, yoga teacher, workshop presenter, Mother, wife, aunt, daughter and sister. In my role as a collage artist, I make art in my home studio and teach classes at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, where I am on the faculty of the Painting, Drawing and Collage department. When I am not in my studio or instructing adults, I implement an exciting Learning through Arts programs in the public elementary schools using the skills in my “visual artist toolbox”. You can learn more about me in my professional capacity by visiting www.karenarpsandel.com
Being committed to a Mail Art collaboration with fellow Artist /Mom, Suzi Banks Baum, sustains my Collage-a-Day approach to creativity. Please visit our gallery at www.femailart to browse our post cards to learn about our process.
Honoring myself as a creative individual, while honoring all my other jobs, including my mothering, is the most important work I do. Since my children have recently fledged the nest of home, I acknowledge this truth: one never stops being a mother.
I am dedicated to bringing creative people together, especially groups of women, in order to elevate the joy and sustenance derived from creative self-expression. This serves to keep alive my mantra: “Art is not Separate.”
Suzi Banks Baum is an Heirloom Variety Mom living in the hills of western Massachusetts. She is a writer and artist, raising 2 teen-agers with her husband.
As she writes her book Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Women she blogs on the sacred in daily life at www.laundrylinedivine.com. Visit an online gallery and discussion of my mail art collaboration with Karen Arp-Sandel titled “Fe-Mail” at www.femailart.com.
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