Monday, July 21, 2008

Time for Mail Art!

Today we'll be doing a short postcard project and sending it to one of the mail art projects listed below! These open calls for mail art were taken from a website titled Mail-Art that seems to have a rolling call for mail art projects from around the world.

Possible Project #1

THEME: send me your heart!

Comment: send images drawing stamp love letter...anything dealing with heart...
in a physical or metaphorical meaning...send me your heart!

Info: For my archive please send me any medium that deal with any technique.

Deadline: none

Artist: irene rinaldi / via rosazza 32 sc A int 5 / 00153 / italy /

Posted: 21.07.2008

Possible Project #2

THEME: Mail-art Call Zebra

Comment: Send us your mailart about the ZEBRA. Free size, technique & medium. Postal mailart only. Ongoing project. First exhibition in october 2008.
Please include your name, age, address and e-mailaddress. Documentation & mail-art to all.

Info: For my project please send me all postal objects that deal with any technique.

Deadline: none

Artist: Mail-art group Zebra / Hongarenburg 447 / 2591 VS Den Haag / The Netherlands /

Posted: 15.07.2008

Possible Project #3

THEME: Going postal

Comment: artists/writers/performers/musicians are invited to submit works by post which explore/experiment with the way we communicate in today’s/yesterday/ tomorrow’s world.

Info: For my exhibition please send me any medium that deal with any technique.

Deadline: 31.10.2008

Artist: Brunswick Arts / 2a Breese Street / 3056 / Australia /

Posted: 08.06.2008

From the ClassRoom to the street!!

We recently added some new artwork to the alley running behind the Mattress Factory! As we put things up we found an image someone else had put up- seen in the window below....

Our signs ranged from humorous to sad to downright mysterious.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sandwhich Board Sign Time!!!

Day 4: Making sandwhich boards!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Out of Class: Keep it rolling

What goes in the sketch books?

#1 put out your message in a bottle out and write a paragraph about it

#2 two studies of fonts: from memory or life, notice two fonts and try to replicate them in your
sketch book

You can look at the Pittsburgh Signs project for help!!

#3 three ideas for a sandwhich board: come up with three ideas and do a few doodles about what
your sandwhich board might look like.

I'll be checking sketchbooks on Tuesday of next week!


Check out the Wooster Collective!

They're doing stuff that's similar to our own work!

What's Your Sign?

Signs of the time

Day two: Talked about the art of sign-making and what signs do. Signs inform, warn, celebrate, and advertise to name a few things. We began our second project which entailed making 3 signs with some pretty curious motives:

* Advertise an imaginary service

*Inform or Proclaim something

* Make a Sign for something unusual that's missing

We set up a few of our signs outside of the Mattress Factory afterwards.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

From the Get Go:

Participants of the Portable works class, ages 14-18. Day 1

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Welcome to Portable Works!!!

Welcome to the Portable Works class blog! This blog will reflect the work and investigations of a class taking place form July 15-Aug 1st of 2008 at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA! This class will explore mobility in our culture and making artwork in the larger context of a city ad opposed to simply considering a gallery space as the final destination for an artwork.