In the year 2016 we showcased multiple artists that shared mail as a common medium when creating their art. In Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images, three artists, Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray, demonstrate how mail can be used to not only create art, but also send art to others. Like the use of letters to respond to others, these three artists respond to each other through a call-and-response manner. With inspiration of pop art, they let their minds run free.
To make an origami envelope, you need an 8 inch by 11-inch piece of paper, a pair of scissors, coloring utensils such as crayons, and possibly some glue or tape if you want to add extras such as ears or a tail to your origami envelope. The more creative, the more surprised the person that gets the envelope will be! So, let your mind run wild and have fun! I created a bunny, but you can make a lion and use the extra paper to make a mane, or you can keep it simple and decorate the envelope with spots. However, you chose to decorate it, it will be a great surprise.
We’d love to see what everyone is creating at home. If you did either of these projects, please share with us! Please let us know by email at email@example.com. Happy creating!
By Madelayne Abel, Halsey Institute intern