Have you heard about eX Postal Facto? It is an upcoming mail art show organized by Jennie Hinchcliff - the incredibly creative force behind Red Letter Days. Part of the event includes a day of shopping. I knew immediately that I needed to sign up to be a part of this marketplace as soon as I learned about it from Margaret of Paper Pastries.
The planning stage is my favorite stage. I love brainstorming ideas, making lists, and sketching plans. Right after signing up as a vendor I used this upcoming event as an excuse to make a journal to house all of my planning.
I gathered a bunch of new and vintage office papers - accounting sheets, business forms, graph paper, airmail envelopes, and more. I bound them together and used an old file folder as the cover. I couldn't resist collaging the cover with a bunch of red, white, and blue postal ephemera.
I've already started gathering some new old paper for the event. I'll be bringing along all of the papers already available in my shop, but also introducing some new products.
What are you doing February 14 - 16, 2014? Here are ten reasons you should be spending the weekend at Ex Postal Facto:
- The event is being organized by Jennie Hinchcliff, one of the authors of Good Mail Day, so you know it's going to be good.
- All of the events are free and open to the public.
- There is a good mix of events to please everyone - reception, round table discussion, shopping, lecture, and others.
- All of the venues are easily accessible by public transportation. Never taken a ride on BART before? Don't worry - it's easy!
- You will be able to view the exhibition “mail/art/book” featuring hundreds of mail artists from around the world.
- You can shop Saturday Morning Vintage in person - flip through all of the Paper Packs to find the perfect one for you, be the first to see new products, and avoid those pesky shipping charges.
- You can also shop Paper Pastries and a bunch of other awesome vendors.
- San Francisco is one of the best cities in the country to spend a weekend. Aside from the popular tourist attractions, Japan Town has neat stationery and there are several photo booths throughout the city.
- You'll be around people like yourself who get excited when the USPS releases pretty postage stamps (like these vintage seed packets!).
- There will be a special postal cancellation station. Enough said.