Mail Art Cardiff Submissions

We recently issued an open call for Mail Art submissions for the second exhibition of a project initiated by Marie-Louise Plum. The images below are of soe of those submissions received during this leg of the exhibition which will be exhibited at The Printhaus in Cardiff until the 22 July 2012.

You can find out more about this project here.

by James Green:

Mail Art by Matt Joyce aka themeekshall
by Matt Joyce:

by Sarah Churchill:

by Marnie Blair:

The Open Call for this mail art project is ongoing. Please click here to find out more.

Hand Embroidered Wolf

Lycan Embroidery | Spike Dennis 2012

This is just a little test embroidery I completed as I’ve been trying to work out a slightly different way of embroidering these werewolf-esque images. It’s hand embroidered on red linen with cotton threads.


This is a little something I sent to Gem Barton for her Scan.It project which is exploring the use of scanning as an alternative to photography.

I took my porcelain doll and scanned it at 300dpi in black and white. I then printed out a number of copies of this image and drew on them as in the image above before scanning the composite images again at 300dpi but this time in colour.

There’s still time to take part; click here to download the brief and then simply email your Scan.It work to hello[at] with your name, a title and short description before July 15th. Some of these images will be selected for use in an exhibition at Gallery40, Brighton.

Shades of Violet


Maria E. Piñeres

I really do like these needlepoint pictures by Maria E. Piñeres. I came across them whilst undertaking some research for the next stage in my unicorn-porn embroideries. I’ve been looking at old images from the illustrated Kama Stutra but these works by Piñeres provide a fresh perspective. They’re considerably more pornographic but pay homage to tapestries of old with floral motif’s behind the images.

Open Call: Mail Art Cardiff

Exhibition Open Evening: Friday 13 July 2012, 6.00 – 9.00pm

The Printhaus, 70A Llandaff Road, Cardiff CF11 9NL

We’ll provide pens and envelopes for you to make your own contribution to this Mail Art project whilst you join us for a drink and a look around the exhibition so far.

Mail Art by Chetan Kumar |
image by Chetan Kumar |

This is an open call for mail art from around the UK and the world.

Submission Deadline: 20 July 2012

Mail Art: E17 was the first stop of a touring exhibition of mail art from artists and illustrators across the globe. Following a lengthy and successful exhibition at Walthamstow Wine Club in east London the exhibition has now made its way to The Printhaus in Cardiff, Wales.

Submissions received during the first exhibition period in London will be displayed at The Printhaus from Tuesday 10 July until Sunday 22 July 2012.

In addition to this we are now seeking new submissions to add to the exhibition which will be exhibited at the Printhaus when received and added to the collection of mail art to be exhibited at further venues later in the year.

We are seeking art on any subject and in any form with the one stipulation which is that the art relates to a mailable or mailed form. For example, that could be art on jiffy bags, envelopes, brown paper, packages, art using stamps, printed or franked labels, mail stickers, stencils or mail delivery cards. You can draw, paint, cut, stick and glue, cut-out, construct, scribble or print. Anything goes.

If you would like to take part in the exhibition please email mail[at] or send your work directly to

Spike Dennis
Mail Art: Cardiff
c/o Cardiff School of Art & Design
Howard Gardens
Cardiff CF24 0SP

The deadline for submissions to the Mail Art project is ongoing however, please do not post work for this leg of the exhibition any later than the 20 July 2012.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 10 July 2012. There will be an open evening on Friday 13 July 20102 from 6.00 – 9.00pm at The Printhaus so do please come and join us for a drink. The exhibition continues until the 22 July (access during open access hours only see for more information)

Read more about the world-wide cultural movement of Mail Art here.


The Printhaus
70A Llandaff Road
Cardiff CF11 9NL


Open Evening: Friday 13 July 2012, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Exhibition open: 10 – 22 July 2012 (open access hours only)
Cardiff submission deadline: Friday 20 July 2012

Click thumbnails to view full size image

Mail art by Marie-Louise Plum | www.marielouiseplum.comMail Art by Spike Dennis |

Conceived by: Marie Louise plum
Curated by: Spike Dennis www,
Hosted by: The Printhaus

Ana Raimundo’s Folk Embroideries

This was another Etsy find last week. These fabulously figurative folk embroideries are the work of Portuguese artist Ana Raimundo. The work is a combination of screen printing and an embroidery; the original drawing being screen printed on linen and embellished afterwards to great effect.

You can see more of Ana’s work in her Etsy shop here.