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    mail exchange proposal howdy folks,

    i'm making this thread to possibly start an art exchange of involving members of the community, and seeing if anyone is interested. recieving mail sucks, its always bills and junk for advetisements. personally i am very interested in the idea of passing gifts and ideas. there's a lot of awesome artists (you know who you are) whose scribbles i want, and would be willing to offer my scribbles in return. let's reclaim our mailboxes from its suckiness of routine.

    basically what it would involve is a swapping of mailing addresses and sending other users small works, doodles, sketches, drawings, etc. i'm not sure what would be the best way to go about doing this (and am open to suggestions of course), but i'll toss out a few ideas of how it could function and see what sticks.

    i think all the works should have a standard size and be fairly smallish (5x7" or something) so advanced packaging wouldn't cost some users a substantial amount. (also it'd be easier to store/exhibit the works if they are a uniform scale)

    anyway here's one way in which this could work:

    let's say 12 people hop on board this idea. each of the users would make an edition of works large enough for everyone in the group to recieve one. i understand not everyone is a print-maker so drawing a dozen identical images would be tedious and wasteful, with that note that i'm using the word 'edition' very loosely. with this setup everyone involved gets a work from everyone else.

    however when the number of participants grows to say fifty, it seems like it'd be a full time job just to get works done for all the other users. i think to best solve this all the artists would send in 10 images to a single source (i guess to me for the time being in this hypothetical situation) and then i would randomly distribute 10 images back to each user of other artists submission (making sure they do not recieve any of their own). this is a problem that could have a lot of solutions, as this wouldnt allow for specific other members to recieve personalized images, and that's an aspect i'd like to retain if at all possible in the images. i dont anticipate that many members being interested right away, so the initial sending of art would be very minimal and easy to manage.

    there's also other things i haven't thought out such as the frequency of delivery, if people want to just send out images to the 'mailing list' on a whim when they get time, or if it should be a two, three, or four times a year, or even a monthly structure. honestly i think i'd rather just send out stuff to people as i recieved them, almost like a pen-pal but with a small community.

    if anyone is interested chime in and lemme know. and if you have suggestions, questions, or on-topic opinions, feel free to drop a line. for now though do not provide personal information (such as mailing address), i'll try to figure out a more secure venue for distributing that sort of details (ie, might be through PM on CA)

    mail exchange proposal

    [edit 06/26/09]

    due to the great response here is a list of users actively interested in participating. PM them with your information and requests and get your list of mail-buddies rollin'. (if anyone wants their name added/removed from the list reply in this thread and i'll adjust it accordingly when i have the time)

    Meissner
    kagemusha22
    Hookswords
    spaztastic
    cmalidore
    jeremyg0rd0n
    pezzle
    muz
    Noa K
    Smashed_Pumpkin
    petitemistress
    silvestri99
    Jake Kobrin
    Asatira
    realitychek
    Sekino
    Ghostbrush
    Kilowatt
    Slash
    Linguini
    HunterKiller_
    ~Faust~
    Sorknes
    AsaB
    kelly x
    Aphotic Phoenix
    Grief
    Sundance
    Tangrim
    Bill
    MichaelNoel
    Edward Cherniga
    loveandasandwich
    wookiedabo
    Drin
    Mock
    Yngling
    Troubadour
    Kamikazebob
    Spirit
    PatriciaS
    donalfall


    be sure to spread the word.

    all the best
    joe
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    Sounds cool. Mind you, I'm sure anyone who received something from me would be a little disappointed.
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    Sounds interesting. The only thing is wouldn't oversea's postage get a little expensive, or would you limit it for an inital period?
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    This could be fun. I hate my mailbox. Rarely does it have something good in it. I'd be up for giving this a try, even if it means Grief knowing where I live
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    Why not do something like postcards?
    Pros:
    - As long as it's roughly 6x4 it only costs $0.28 to send.
    - No envelopes/packaging required.
    - Wear and tear of the postal service can be interesting (or bad)

    Cons:
    - You have to know how to do the backside properly. Template makes this easy.
    - Water-based mediums kinda lose on this one.
    - Limits your paper type to something hardy enough to survive mailing. (Postal regulations require something between .007 to .016 in thickness)

    I'd be down. ^_^
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    I second the post card idea.
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    This sounds kinda fun
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    Not condemning the idea or anything but this reminds me of DA's 'lets trade art' shit. that's where unknown noob would give you some doodling of his and expect something awesome in return...meh very skeptical about this but not doubting your intentions Grief.
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    oh brashen, wherever have you been
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    Brashen, art trades are not exclusive to DA, especially in printmaking where part of the art is to create a series of prints. The reason I suggested postcards is because I've actually seen them done before on a national scale via a printmaking course. (You would send in a series of 15 cards + postage and receive 15 random cards back).
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    Well, Brashen does have a point. And yet again, this isn't Deviantart. We're all adults here (and tough ones, at that).
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    Why not have a free-for-all, everyone posts their addressses and then anyone can mail them whatever, whenever.
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    I agree, this seems like a cool idea
    I'd be down for this
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