Ficus strangulensis
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Gyotaku anyone?

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I wonder if there might be enough interest in Gyotaku, Japanese fish printing, to have a group or maybe a sub-group of Ruud Janssen's Rubber Stamping group?Y'r ol' Bud, FikeContinue

Tags: japanese, gyotaku, fish, stamping

DeepDream [online image transmogrification]

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Feb 6. 8 Replies

DeepDream! Wow! This is an online, image manipulation service which takes your file input and changes it according to arcan rules [???] apparently using imagery it finds online. So far it seems to…Continue


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Carolyn Cline commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"I had a pipeline connection with a used bookstore and I gave away over 22,000 books through bookcrossing. I want them back* just so I can cut them up. *except Danielle Steel junk. Hated them so much that I hammered nails into one just to vent my…"
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"'My' library, the S. Charleston, WV pub lib is where I give all my books after reading. [Blush! I USED TO keep all the 'good' ones, now, recognizing my mortality I mostly donate and send a few to mail artists.] I wd think being a…"
Ramona Adams commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"My sister is a hoarder who works at the local library.  People donate all kinds of books to the library but for some governmental reason, they cannot catalog and use them so they either sell them to help their "friends" group, give…"
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as one so afflicted, here's a group for people who use books for mail art purposes or even just labor under the yoke of book addiction, those yearning masses who amass books intended for reading but which, mostly just pile up.See More
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Ah, so!"
MaoMao commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Ficus strangulensis Tsundoku,'re turning Japanese, I think you're turning Japanese, I really think so... (Peas)"
Bonniediva commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Hey Fike! Great idea! You're adorable! "rolling papers" LOL!"
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Hey, Bonnie! Re: y'r book page offer... Looks like this could be a mail art project in which you send out pages [even unasked for] and tell people they can alter and return them, then publish, reuse as art supplies, further alter, use as…"
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Hey! Wonderful picture. As if from another world, about 120-years different!"
Bradford commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Free, or next to free?  Often, the Salvation Army nearby has a 5 or even 10 for 99¢ sale.  I've bought up to 70 books at a time.  They even give you boxes to put them in.  One lady saves ones she knows…"
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"oy. self-knowledge is the first step to maturity, someone said"
Carolyn Cline commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Way of life. Very close to tsunami in the dictionary, isn’t it?  I have taken my vow very seriously. "
Bonniediva commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"I can't walk by a library book sale or thrift store book section. I have to have them! I have been trying to limit myself, but who are we kidding? LOL! I love them even more when they're free!  Would any of you like some random book…"
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's group tsundoku
"Here: "Tsundoku," the Japanese Word for the New Books That Pile Up on Our Shelves, Should Enter the English Language | Open Culture is information on tsundoku, quirk, affliction, hobby?"
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Gyotaku anyone?

I LOVE gyotaku. The melding of natural form and a lot of detail with artistry and media! Ahhh! Now to see if it can be done with edible pigments so we don't waste the subject as food.See More
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Mail-Artist since:
My Website (without http://):
http://the 'blog' here at IUOMA
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
I like to see what people are doing as art and share what I am doing. I like to meet people and get to know them. [DISCLAIMER: tho I am called a mail "artist", I 'cannot' draw due to a lack of proper mindset.]
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
538 Hanson Hollow Rd.
Charleston, WV 25311-8025 usa

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At 1:01am on January 9, 2019, Cody Whitby said…

wow thanks for the message and these wonderful prints Fike! In a fantastic envelope with very nice stamps. all a treat. posting images in a few minutes. thanks again. 

At 6:38pm on November 22, 2018, Valentine Mark Herman said…

Sorry but you can't join the Groucho Marx Group. This is nothing personal, as no-one can join the Group. That's what Groucho wanted, and that's what happens. There are lots of other Groups though....

At 6:14pm on November 2, 2018, Norma Soulet said…

Happy Birthday, Ficus!

At 4:21pm on September 20, 2018, Carolyn Curtis aka Wenchkin said…

Awesome, thanks so much!

At 10:35am on June 3, 2018, Moan Lisa said…
Hi! Yer'ol'gal Mona!
At 8:42pm on April 27, 2018, Ptrzia (TICTAC) said…

hi Fike, i have received your fab mail...thank you a lot! today i mailed an envelope  for you, hope you get it soon...happy weekend!

At 6:05pm on April 23, 2018, Norma Soulet said…

Hi Ficus,

Happy Monday to You!

Something Orange is on it's way to you!

Went out today.

At 7:56pm on January 2, 2018, Amy Irwen said…
  • Happy Friending File! Will look forward to your mailing...happy New year *!*
At 7:23am on December 22, 2017, Nancy Bell Scott said…

Oh, you keep sterling records, that's clear from what you sent me. You could send me your Leftwich contents from 2004 if you'd like, though, and not worry anymore about whether you responded. I could reply within, say, the current decade. 


At 2:32am on December 7, 2017, Nancy Bell Scott said…

That's it! The envelope looks 100% not opened, so you fooled my eyes completely. This we *can* blame on age, for starters. More than once a mail-art envelope turned out (say, a year later) to contain something I'd not realized at first. Love when that happens.

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I have a blog???!

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 12:34pm 0 Comments

I guess I do. Or at least, that's wot the clicky-button said on the previous page. from which [by clicking] 'I' got 'here'. [virtually].

Currently [re]reading all of William Gibson, at least the novels and a wonderful read he is! Taking a break with Thomas M. Disch's "334" over these past few nites, charging up the ol' memory B4 lites out each eve. Richard Brautigan awaits also.

Soon we start ripping out the floor of the computer 'den' at strangulensis Manor.



quaint drawings

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 11:43pm 1 Comment

If you like to use old US postage on your mail art envelopes...

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:01pm 0 Comments

Karl Anderson's a good source who I've used for several orders over the past few years.

His current list and very detailed information on requirements for ordering from him are found at:

Currently, he is selling mint US 3-cent stamps from the 1940's-50's for very little over face value.

Y'r Ol' Bud,     Fike

So you like fractals, eh?

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 3:54pm 4 Comments

if so, there's a blog

you might find interesting.

Y'r ol' Bud,     Fike




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