outgoing mail: species speaking

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I’m working at catching up on my post-wisdom-teeth-drama letter backlog, I promise! The first step is creating envelopes, which is always my favorite way to occupy idle hours: especially with a fresh stack of old calendars and magazines featuring Hawai’i’s native species from my parents back home.

I don’t know what silly mood inspired me to bestow speech bubbles upon these creatures that share my island birthplace–they include two nēnē (Hawaiian geese) and a wide-eyed humpback whale–but I’m rather fond of the goofy finished product!

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These nēnē are so naturally expressive! I enjoyed (not-so) carefully cutting each of them out from their original glossy locations and superimposing them over beautiful forest backgrounds. I imagine the one on the top left will intimidate anyone who dares stand in the way of this letter’s journey, while the bottom goose is far more meditative.

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Yes, this whale is swimming at a very bizarre angle compared to this school of fish–the specific orientations of calendar pages sometimes complicate my recycled envelope crafting!

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I’ve sensed my mail art style developing a little lately–I like the idea of experimenting with collages and mixed-media designs while maintaining my obsession with recycled materials. Will this mean more quotations from the fauna of Hawai’i? We shall see!

 

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