The Trickster’s Hat
10 out of 10
My first step into serious Mail Art (making amazing things to send out into the world to others – in my case, there was an amazing exchange I did with another mail artist that included having a de-stuffed stuffed animal mailed without a box, and a plastic coconut filled with confetti… my mailman adored me, he did) were Nick Bantock’s amazing ‘Griffin & Sabine’ series. It was a haunting love story done via letters, cards and all sorts of mailed items that were actually part of the story themselves. Not just an amazing read, the ability to open envelopes and pull out letters that were part of the text added an extra dimension to the enjoyment of the books.
‘The Trickster’s Hat’ is not fiction, but a wonderful collection of exercises and ideas to get your creativity to the next level. Some of the exercises are simple and can be done with a pencil and a pad—some require trips out of the house and a lot of gathering and construction. All of them, even if you just read and dream how you WOULD do them will make you pause and look at your world a bit differently, and that is the important thing. Learn to see the world in another way, learn to try something you think you cannot do, learn to leap rather than sit back and you change a bit for the better. The book is great; you are greater still and together, you and this book will do some wonderful things.