30 Days of Mail:
Purpose: Spread the love of mail
Occurs: Every September
1 - Ready to hit send on that email? Send the message via snail mail instead.
2 - Send an intro letter to a potential pen friend.
3 - Sign up for postcrossing and send some postcards out into the world.
4 - DIY an envelope.
5 - Read a mail themed book or zine.
6 - Mail in a submission for the wingedsnailmail.tumblr zine.
7 - Be a tourist in your home town. Send postcards.
8 - Join a correspondence club. Introduce yourself online and through the mail!
9 - Collage a postcard and mail it to a friend.
10 - Mail a child in your life a special package.
11 - Write a thank you letter.
12 - Check out the postage options for your country. Send mail with some ‘non-standard’ postage.
13 - Send a ‘naked’ item.
14 - Leave a letter in your favorite book.
15 - Send international mail.
16 - Send a special (out of order, 100% surprise) package or letter to your favorite pen friend.
17 - Try a new mail - art technique.
18 - Send a Aerogram.
19 - Make a mini zine that serves as an intro letter. Mail it to some folks.
20 - Submit a penpal ad to wingedsnailmail.tumblr
21 - Fill a letter with glitter/sequins.
22 - Mail a themed package/letter.
23 - Introduce two of your penpals - via mail.
24 - Create a flat ‘friend’ to mail to your pen friends. Inspired by: creepyheartsclub.tumblr
25 - Start a traveling art journal. Fill in a few pages and mail it to a friend.
26 - Write an exceptionally long letter.
27 - Write an exceptionally short letter.
28 - Research an aspect of the postal system.
29 - Send a care package to someone you love.
30 - Create and mail a chain letter.
Who’s participating? It’s coming up! Remember to use the hashtag #30mail and share your mail!
Floating City Cardboard Sculpture by Nina Lindgren
Exposed to the Art Gallery Art Rebels in Copenhagen, “Floating City” is a cardboard sculpture created by a Swedish illustrator and designer Nina Lindgren. This incredible structure measuring about two meters of diameter and is made simply with cardboard and glue for a truly creative and unique result.
Putting down your razor can lift your G.P.A. at Arizona State University.
Professor Breanne Fahs offers female students extra-credit if they “stop shaving their legs and underarms for ten weeks during the semester while keeping a journal to document their experiences.” For Fahs, who teaches women and gender studies, the purpose is to get students thinking critically about societal norms and gender roles.
A similar opportunity is available to men in Fahs’ classes who recieve extra credit for shaving all of their hair from the neck down.
One student, Stephanie Robinson, described it as a “life-changing experience“:
Many of my friends didn’t want to work out next to me or hear about the assignment, and my mother was distraught at the idea that I would be getting married in a white dress with armpit hair. I also noticed the looks on faces of strangers and people around campus who seemed utterly disgusted by my body hair. It definitely made me realize that if you’re not strictly adhering to socially prescribed gender roles, your body becomes a site for contestation and public opinion.
Men seemed to have an easier time with it since some degree of “manscaping” has become accepted, or even expected.
The norm of women shaving body hair dates back to an effort by Gillette to expand their market for razors. Starting around 1915, Gillette started a campaign “denouncing the (previously inoffensive) female underarm hair as ‘unsightly’, ‘masculine’ and ‘unclean’.” In the 1920s, they expanded their efforts to leg hair, glamorizing “a smooth, silky leg.”
Still, “[b]efore the first world war, virtually no American woman shaved her legs. By 1964, 98% of women under the age of 44 did so.”
In 2010, Mo’Nique created a minor stir by appearing at the Golden Globes with unshaven legs. This year some celebrities, including Cameron Diaz, have been speaking out for more tolerance for women’s choices.
Fahs received an award from the American Psychological Association in recognition of her program and has been contacted by “faculty members at other universities are considering using the exercise in their classes.”
"I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the rough draught turns into a sketch, and the sketch into a painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought". [x]