My Mail Art in 2021


 This is 2021, the Year of the Ox. As the story goes the Rat and the Ox were racing the other animals when the Rat asked her big strong friend if she could hitch a ride, to which the kind Ox agreed. When they got to the end of the race the Rat jumped down and so she got there first. That was last year.

As this year the calendar animal is a gentle hard working beast, I hope it would be a better year all round and we finally get over the pandemic. Happy New Year everybody!

My signature RayOx by Keith Bates


I have changed the origami envelope printed on the inside that I had been using through 2020,  which I called Zinenvelope. This was a device to allow for more information to be sent for the minimal price, to beat the private postal business.
A friend called it a Foldilope. 
Originally I copied the Japanese traditional shape but that did not take a full sized postcard. It has suffered many trasnformations in the quest for a more rational form. 
 Finally the Post Office helped to establish a more logical shape by changing the price of postage so the Foldilope is now only a Foldi.





In this blog I show the work I send. The work I receive can be seen in 
 
 
 

 
The Foldi  for March - April 2021  
 

 
The Foldilope for January - February 2021
 

 
 
And these are some of the cards I sent during the year
 
 
 

 








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