Heleen de Vaan
  • Female
  • Netherlands

Heleen de Vaan's Friends

  • Dentellebleue
  • Tiabatts
  • PJ Matilda
  • J.A.D.
  • MC van Helmond
  • fiona bearclaw
  • Jade H
  • Ruth Tapp
  • kay rodriques
  • The Post Whisperer
  • Toni Hanner -- tonipoet
  • Intransferível
  • Alana Schlotter
  • Mustafa Cevat Atalay

Heleen de Vaan's Discussions

missing Elefantus!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Jan 16, 2014. 3 Replies

Today, 9th of…Continue

Tags: ARTennius, Ennio, elephants, Elefantus

Help asked: Mail art to keep the Museum Jan Cunen alive!?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heleen de Vaan Aug 19, 2013. 12 Replies

Dear all!I wanted to ask you for a favour, or better said, ask all of you for Help!Recently I got the sad news that the Museum Jan Cunen in the Dutch city of Oss is threatened with shutting…Continue

Tags: art, mail, activist, action, museum


Heleen de Vaan's Page

Latest Activity

Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Segway is a two-wheeler, tourists rent them to go around the Acropolis and places were cars are not allowed: Wiki says: The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicleinvented by Dean Kamen.…"
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for FinnBadger
"Finally found out who's the sender of Dory & Nemo! Thank you very much, FinnBadger!"
Mail Art Martha commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"It is a man with very swollen feet, obviously. they are so painful that his hair is standing on end. What is a Sedway? is it like a Walmarth?"
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Maybe a man , arms raised, on a Segway?"
Apr 16
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"What is that ORANGE thing? from markers/stampers that Heleen sent: Black is the  MomKat Purple is an Airplane (or birdie feet) Blue is a Star Green is a Tree Yellow is the Moon Red is the Sunset Yellow is the crescent Moon but what is that…"
Apr 16
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) left a comment for Heleen de Vaan
"The Mystery of the ORANGE Creature! (from the markers/stampers that you sent me) maybe someone at Orange Lovers can tell us what it is?"
Apr 16
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cow group
" Poor cow/bull, better have names of mail artists on his body than names of meat... Thank you very much, Ruud, apart from the misnames it's a beautiful picture!"
Apr 16
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Ruud Janssen
"Heel erg bedankt, Ruud! Zie ook de Barcode groep."
Apr 16
Heleen de Vaan joined Ruud Janssen's group

Mail-Art Cow group

There are a lot of Mail-Art cows out there in the network. In this group I try to collect all the images and collect them. Add your own cows and share them with us.See More
Apr 16
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Barcode Mail Art
"Here are the first pages of Ruud's barcode composition: And part of the envelope these pages arrived  in: So to see Dutch PostNL tried to add some (waving) bars, too :-) Thank you very much, heel erg bedankt, Ruud!"
Apr 16
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post What or whom is she staring at?
"(65)  Received right before the Easter weekend, this mixed media work by Ruud Janssen. I like the combination of collage, ink and water colour  paint. On the back Bunnies and a key to IUOMA! :-) Thank you very much, hartelijk dank,…"
Apr 15
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)
"Received your Bunny and Owls (already over a week ago, but finally, now, it's time to post them :-) )  See today's 'wowissa' and 'rwa' blogs. On the latter also FinnBadger's/Stripgoose's artistamp…"
Apr 15
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Spring PINK from Thom Courcelle..."resist"!
"Great mail art - stamps, knitwork, message - from Thom!"
Apr 15
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post What or whom is she staring at?
"(64) And here's the other Owl. There is also an Owl - Katerina's famous stamped one - on the envelope these pieces of mail art came in. I've posted it today in the Real Weird Animals online gallery.  Thank you very much,…"
Apr 15
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post What or whom is she staring at?
"(63)  Owl mail art! Of course Owls remind us of the wise Greek goddess Athena. And from Greece Katerina Nikoltsou sent me this version. And another one, see next post! What or who the flying orange creatures are (and the one who has landed on…"
Apr 15
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)
"Katerina! I saw your Famous Stamp on the website of the Museum in Dutch eastern city Doetinchem! It is on an announcement of Amuldo's mail art exhibition. So you are there, too! See, on the right:   And also the local tourist information…"
Apr 15

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
2009 (and not aware being mailarting since 1979)
My Website:
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
Making illustrations is my life.
Furthermore: I like to see other people's creative outbursts, love to see creative additions to envelopes. I like stamps, like to communicate via art works, I'm fascinated by how snail mail works: put a stamp and address on an envelope and a whole system of people and transportation means is bringing that single envelope to wherever you want.
Count up all previous words and see: Mail Art is inevitable.

P.S. If you want to create and send me mail art about your favourite (weird or common) animal I will be most happy; I'll like to post it on my http://realweirdanimals.blogspot.com blog.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
Postbus 581
1180 AN Amstelveen

Heleen de Vaan's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Heleen de Vaan's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Heleen de Vaan's Blog

Diorama from Dean

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 1:30am 4 Comments

Stamps which are almost loose but still in their place... Mail from Paris... 

That must be Dean's!…


Recycled (tissue box) Art by Dean

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 8:33pm 5 Comments

Dean, Artist in Seine, is a master of 3D and recycling Art. This time I found this piece of teared mail art in my mailbox. 

The other side showed that part of this piece must has been a tissue box, according to the fresh clean tissues:…


What or whom is she staring at?

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 5:49pm 113 Comments

I've sent her to various colleague mail artists.

Already some great 'this is what she sees' returned home.

I'll post them one by one in the coming weeks.

Thank you very much, all of…


The Soccer Field AAP's

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 3:36pm 4 Comments

For some unknown reason I got a note-pad full of soccer field sheets. First I wanted to draw my favourite soccer team in it, but that appeared  too much work regarding the little time I have.

Fortunately some colleague mail artists are willing to help to complete the sheets.

I'll post the…


Comment Wall (211 comments)

You need to be a member of International Union of Mail-Artists to add comments!

Join International Union of Mail-Artists

At 1:24pm on April 16, 2017, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

The Mystery of the ORANGE Creature!

(from the markers/stampers that you sent me)

maybe someone at Orange Lovers can tell us what it is?

At 10:24am on April 5, 2017, Moan Lisa said…


At 9:29am on March 21, 2017, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…


see the blog:

At 3:12pm on March 5, 2017, stripygoose said…

...and the stripy envelope!

At 3:07pm on March 5, 2017, stripygoose said…

Hi Heleen - thank you for the Happy Year of the Rooster card - it's beautiful. blogged here in a tiny pop-up gallery. I love your new project with the staring girl and am pondering it right now :>)

At 6:16pm on March 4, 2017, Dimitra Papatheodorou said…

Hello, I have not a deadline to altered book pages project but I can say 2 months from now is ok to give time to everyone to send back their pages. If pages are  back to me earlier I will take some photos from the collaborative art book . Thank you for your participation.

At 1:17pm on February 20, 2017, Ptrzia (TICTAC) said…

oh my...it looks like i missed your post! but for some unknown reason it's a year notification from the groups i belong to in iuoma go on and off. so if now and then i don't do a little tour around to check what's new i miss events, blogs etc.. "my punishment" for not being so active here :-)) anyways thank you for the cool post!! i was waiting and hoping you got mine to connect it with yours http://tac-tictac.blogspot.de/2016/05/blog-post_29.html

i really got angry at the post system...as the employee was reluctant to accept it and i thought they ditched it afterwards. 

!!good to know they didn't!!

At 10:34am on February 19, 2017, Ptrzia (TICTAC) said…

hi Heleen, so nice of you. thank you very much! i owe you mailart...since the last experiment gone wrong. i sent you a banana case anonimously like the one i received... ;-)

my side of the postal system seems to 'seriously' lack of sense of humour. sad.


At 3:49am on January 31, 2017, Karalie said…

Thanks for blogging!  Happy you noticed the bird theme with the stamps! :O)

At 4:22pm on January 3, 2017, Corgifeet said…

Hi Heleen! Thank you for the GREAT polar bear ATC and wonderfully decorated envie! I thought I had said something to you about it on instagram or something but maybe I dreamt it. It is so lovely. Thank you for the trade! XOXO




Want to support the IUOMA with a financial gift via PayPal?

The money will be used to keep the IUOMA-platform alive. Current donations keep platform online till 1-feb-2019.   If you want to donate to get IUOMA-publications into archives and museums please mention this with your donation. It will then be used to send some hardcopy books into museums and archives. You can order books yourself too at the IUOMA-Bookshop. That will sponsor the IUOMA as well.









© 2017   Created by Ruud Janssen.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service