I’m off up country and taking No8 for the ride

#Letter365 No8 is ready to go
No8 is ready to go but I’ll wait to post it

It’s a bit like taking an unwanted dog a long way away and dumping it and seeing if it gets lost. I’m taking this one with me on the way to the West Midlands to post  from a far away post box and then wonder at how great it is that it will find its way to the right destination.

Which all gives me an idea: I might just leave some pieces, from time to time, in a busy place – all stamped up and ready to go – and film from a distance if people post it for me!

Depending on the G3 signal I may not be able to post the picture of me posting in some alien post box and so you will have to trust the  date on the photo as evidence when I can get a connection.

I have already prepared my envelope for tomorrow’s and the surbstrate for the work while I am away – only one shot!

No7 goes from Dorchester

Dorchester post box swallows #Letter365 No7
Dorchester post box swallows No7

This must be terribly exciting for someone. Yes it’s a different post box and for all I know it may be of particular interest to post box aficionados. I once thought I would do a photographic book about post boxes and still occasionally take pictures of postboxes in unusual situations or with various creatures in the frame. I hasten to add that I am not so sad as to know anything about the different models – yet!

Chaos plays its part so soon

Chaos rules already
Chaos rules already

The pale ghost that is #Letter365 No7 is ready to go, but as I have to go to Dorchester this afternoon I’ll post it there. Quite pleased with today’s piece in the end, though it was a struggle before I was quite happy with it.

The envelope was a struggle too. Even though I have the saved artwork on my screen with No7 on the top left, somehow I managed to use an earlier saved version to transfer to print! Ah well, that’s all part of the unfolding process of things.

What about cover colour?

#Letter365 No5 goes on it's way
No5 goes on it’s way

As I walked to the post box I considered if I liked the colour I had chosen for the writing on the envelope. I wondered if I should strive to find the most unpleasant colours, the loudest, the subtlist, the best match to the artwork inside, etc. But then I reminded myself that it is enough of a commitment to come up with the artwork each day and I should be concentrating on finding a design for the rest of them so I no longer have to think about the cover each day. Or should I? Perhaps I should do a series where the envelope is the artwork and inside there is just a note saying that!

No4 is out the door – unseen by human eyes

No4 goes in the post box
No4 goes in the post box at Bradpole PO

It’s a lovely spring morning and the forth in this year-long series goes in the Post Box at Bradpole Post Office.

Today’s piece is an interesting one! A lot of people have been saying to me “so you won’t know what is in it” then correcting themselves and say “well obviously you know because you did it”. So that I can say, “that’s right sometimes even I don’t know what is in it” I have created today’s offering in such a way that even I have not seen the finished result. It also includes a “bonus track”! Now we will all have to wait at least a year to see what I am talking about. If nobody buys it, we will never know – including me!

I have changed the envelope again. I must spend some time designing something so I can get get it printed. I have enough on without having to design and print a new envelope each day.

I notice that I forgot to put a date stamp on the outside today: chaos creeping into the system already! I am trying to make sure each piece is signed, dated and dated-stamped (on the back and on the envelope) but I’m interested to monitor when something gets missed or something happens differently.

It’s the process

Twitter exchange with Michael Paul Smith
Twitter exchange with Michael Paul Smith

Well I am certainly not going to dress up for all the posts but I am fascinated by the process of repetitive actions. It’s like the tide coming in each day the same but endlessly different.

I did a #Collage365 on the subject, early on, where I put the idea (my obsession with the interplay between chaos and control) into words It was “045 – a crab or a stone”

#Collage365 post "045 - a crab or a stone"
#Collage365 post “045 – a crab or a stone”

OMG it’s No3

#Letter365 No3 goes in the box
No3 goes in the box

I note that the day plate still reads SAT. The Saturday collection is at noon and they should have changed it to MON as there is no Sunday collection. So there are currently 2 #Letter365 envelopes in the box.

Our friend Ken stayed over last night and he added some great delivery ideas to add to our pot of insanity! Keep a look out.