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)
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)
be sure to spread the word.
all the best