Rampant Sisterhood and The 3 Muses: “Fe-Mail” dialect flourishes

Do you have a piece of art, say a postcard from a museum or bookstore that inspires you? Some image that permeates your consciousness because of it’s literal content or the deeper voice that calls you with the images portrayed?

That call is what these cards do for us. This week’s mail Art cards have become iconic for “Fe-Mail”. They are postcards we have had reproduced in to high quality archival giclee’ prints for sale on our website. They are visions we created early in our collaboration that began in February 2007, that continue to speak to us of our sisterhood, of our life missions and of our pleasure. What we create in our cards is often a foreshadowing of future developments. Whether by the laws of attraction or desire, whether our sub-conscious works through our hands to create visions of what is to come, these 2 cards say volumes of what is “Fe-Mail”Art.

The ‘call and response’ style of our collaboration builds with every card we mail to each other. It is enhanced by the passage of time, enriched by meals we eat together, trips we take, books we read, poetry or as simple as the chocolates we share!  These layers of meaning are at play in our mixed media art creations.


Strawberry Fields Forever. All rights reserved© Karen Arp-Sandel

Karen’s card “Strawberry Fields Forever” is a similar color palette to “Rampant Sisterhood” with a her portrait sitting in a field of her favorite papers-Super Bubble gum wrapping, salt rubbed water color and vintage Japanese papers. There is a ripe fruit at her fingertips and a bird singing, chicory blossom in her hair, she is full of summer, even the stamps she chose are summer! The joy I read in to this card is evoked not only by the colors and movement, the happy thought of Karen picking strawberries, but also by her inscription of the quote “Now is the moment, the supreme instant of my life”.


Our cards represent supreme instants in our lives.

Our collaboration draws on the magic of these moments, ordinary and sublime.

See the full exhibit here at Museum Of Motherhood {Blog}


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