In today's fast paced, screen-centric society come slow and discover the intriguing world of mail art. Mail art is an artistic movement centered around sending beautiful, small scale works through the postal service. It is as alluring in its endless possibilities as it is captivating in its fringe reputation.
Artist Margaret Rizzio has been creating and sending mail art for over a decade through mail-subscriptions with carefully curated collages and inventive pieces. Join her in rediscovering this fading form of communication and enjoy revitalizing it through contemporary applications. In this one-day workshop participants will learn about the practice of mail art through it's historical roots, the gathering of uncommon materials, and how to create their own pieces through collage, assemblage, and myriad other techniques.
Participants will have the opportunity to gather vintage ephemera of all kinds from Rizzio's extensive, personal collection, and will create unique pieces of mail art ready to be dropped off at the post office. What an exceptional way to stay in touch and breath new life into the lost art of correspondence!
WHAT WILL BE COVERED
In this one day workshop we will discuss a brief history of mail art and examples shown from the artist's personal archive.Next students will learn various mail art templates to create and inspire their own pieces. Lastly we will gather vintage ephemera which will be provided and create 4-6 pieces of mail art ready to be sent.
All artist tools, mediums, and materials will be provided but if you would like a sketchbook to take notes and brainstorm ideas bring that along. Also any personal ephemera you would like to incorporate into your pieces feel free to bring. Accommodations and lunch for this one day course are not included. There will be one If you are visiting from out of the area we recommend booking a local Airbnb, hotel or motel in Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland. Here are links to a few local favorites in the Midcoast Area:
Lincolnville Motel (hip, laid-back, affordable, renovated vintage motor inn)
Drift Oceanside Inn (oceanfront cabins close to the Camden Hills State Park)
Whitehall Inn (boutique hotel within walking distance to downtown Camden)
250 Main (high-end boutique hotel in Rockland Arts District)
Camden Accommodations (vacation rentals in Midcoast area)
Airbnb (Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport or Rockland are all within a 25-minute drive)
WHAT TO BRING
All artist tools, mediums, and materials will be provided— but if you would like to bring a sketchbook to take notes and brainstorm ideas bring that along. Also any personal ephemera you would like to incorporate into your pieces feel free to bring. A one-hour lunch break will be observed. You are welcome to bring your lunch with you or we can recommend places nearby to grab lunch.
This workshop is designed for people of all skill levels who are wanting to experiment with new techniques in mail art, collage and assemblage. No prior art experience is required.
A maximum of 12 students, and a minimum of 6*
*If minimum enrollment is not met within 45 days of the workshop, a full refund will be provided for all registered students. We recommend waiting until you receive our confirmation email that minimum enrollment has been met to make your travel arrangements or investing in travel insurance to reimburse your expenses if the course is canceled.
Class will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday with a 1-hour break for lunch.
$225 + $25 materials fee = $250 total
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Artist Margaret Rizzio graduated from Bennington College in Vermont with a BA in visual arts followed by an MFA from Purchase College in New York. After finishing school Margaret returned home to Maine the place she was born, raised and has always loved.
Margaret uses a wide range of mediums, including printmaking and assemblage, to embrace the idea of memory and the passage of time. She creates diverse pieces through colorful, multi-layered collages filled with coincidences and synchronistic repeating elements. These tiny worlds are meant to make sense of the chaos of life and to generate a feeling of organization engaging the viewer to reflect on the fleeting and random quality of life. She currently practices and lives in Camden, Maine.