You may know of THE THING Quarterly, a project by local artists Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan. It’s a quarterly art . . . thing that is designed by a different guest artist every time and sent out to the subscribers.

In between the official THE THINGs they produce a side art project, taking place purely in the realm of snail mail, or what we used to call “the mail”, called SASE. They explain:

SASE is an ongoing project of THE THING where we commission individuals to produce a limited edition project that must fit within a standard envelope and is free and available to anyone who sends us a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope). SASE #3 is the third in a series of four SASE projects commissioned by THE THING Quarterly.  Past contributors include San Francisco-based graphic designers MacFadden & Thorpe and visual artist Suzanne Husky.

SASE #3 will be released in Summer 2012 as an edition of about 200.  A $500 honorarium will be awarded to the selected contributor.  THE THING will cover production costs.  Those submitting should be prepared to work with us on developing their proposal so that it can be printed within our budget.

Anyone is welcome to apply.

Further details and project guidelines are on their site. I dig it. Let’s find new things to mail and try to keep the post office alive! If we don’t need to send letters or bills, what else can we be sending?

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