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missing Elefantus!
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Today, 9th of January, he should have turned 66. Alas he passed away three years and two…Continue

Tags: ARTennius, Ennio, elephants, Elefantus

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

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

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


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Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Sure I love to make something(s). I altready made some pencil sketches, though in the coming days I'm too busy with work and other tasks so time is a bit a 'thing'. Saturday evening and the whole Sunday I'll have more time, but I…"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Hi Val, Not every cartoon is Disney :-) On the second picture you can see the description. The comics is named Fix & Foxi, by German comic artist Rolf Kauka. According to the description this 'Illustration with Rolf Kauka's Lupo, Fix…"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"(Don’t know why the second photo is across, maybe iuoma hopes the roller skater this way is prevented from falling into the hole?)"
Jun 3
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Problems can arise when the manhole cover isn’t covering the manhole:  Seen in the Museum of Comic Art in Noordwijk, the Netherlands."
Jun 3
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Manhole covers in Maarssen (Netherlands) Common manhole cover covered with too many butts: Uncommon manhole cover (?): Two manhole-covers-to-be in unfinished road:"
May 30
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"(The accompanying city Zaanstad has two whales in its coats of arms)"
May 29
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"‘Vuil water’ (‘dirty water’) manhole cover in beautiful clean picturesque Zaanse Schans, the Netherlands:"
May 29
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Same manhole cover, twice, in evening sun in Amsterdam:"
May 29
Heleen de Vaan commented on E's group BRAIN CELL - RYOSUKE COHEN - COMPILATION
"Your Fluxus Thess is also on one of the Brain Cell forms on one of the last pages, Katerina! And I noticed one of your carved stamps. And a Katerina Nikoltsou bunny :-) (and my Owl Post). Always so much to see and discover on all of the Brain Cell…"
May 26
Heleen de Vaan commented on E's group BRAIN CELL - RYOSUKE COHEN - COMPILATION
"I'm not sure if this book has been posted here before, but if not, here it is. A very interesting (multilingual: Spanish, English, Japanese) book about Ryosuke Cohen and the Brain Cell project. And in the final part you can see some of the…"
May 25
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Books
"Found this multilingual (Spanish, English, Japanese) book abou the Brain Cell project, with also some information and photos about Ryosuke Cohen's printing process, and some of the BRain Cell forms: The link to the complete publication is…"
May 25
Heleen de Vaan joined Melissa Wand's group


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May 24
Heleen de Vaan commented on Mail Art News's group Mail Art News
"Indeed art is art, and one of the reasons for the mail art to start as an art movement was to protest against the too commercial sides of art, of the ‘established art’ and art galleries, museums etcetera (people who buy art as an…"
May 15
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"My 'problem' with boring cards is the fact that postcards, which at first sight I think boring, come to live when I put off my -2 glasses and see the nice details... While my reptile brain thinks 'boring', my human brain…"
May 10
Heleen de Vaan commented on Tomoe N's group matchbox art
"That is so nice and beautiful! Thank you for sharing the Matchbox Art also here at IUOMA, Tomoe! (I'm not on FB, and so are a few others :-) )"
May 5
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Amazing indeed! I think more manhole covers should express their thoughts and feelings. Though thoughts, feelings, dreams seem to be of little weight, while the manhole covers are rather heavy..."
May 4

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Mail-Artist since:
2009 (and not aware being mailarting since 1979)
My Website (without http://):
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

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What or whom is she staring at?

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 12:21am 141 Comments

I've sent her to various colleague mail artists.

And great 'this is what she sees' returned home.

Of course new visions still are welcome.

Thank you very much, all of you!

Diorama from Dean

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 12:30am 9 Comments

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

That must be Dean's!

The stamps were added to an enormous box which had succeeded  to enter my p.o.box. Too big for the scanner, so I show it thanks to 'real…


Recycled (tissue box) Art by Dean

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 7:33pm 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:…


The Soccer Field AAP's

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 2:36pm 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 added-to-and-passed-on-and-returned-to-me sheets in this…


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At 1:13pm on January 18, 2023, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

Thank you, thank you, Heleen!

see the blog:

At 9:15am on November 28, 2022, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

'Love the OWL you sent, Heleen,

many thanks xxx

At 2:42pm on October 31, 2022, Valentine Mark Herman said…

Hi! There are too many Groups already! Why just one on bicycles, and not others on tandems, trycycles, ligfiels, omafiets, opafiets, red bikes, orange bikes, school bikes, etc? The tendency is to have more and more specialised themed Groups. And I for one, think that is not what Mail Art should be all about: 'Mail me something, anything; and I'll ùail you something back'. By post, of course-- and not the internet

At 6:31pm on January 1, 2022, Ilya Semenenko-Basin said…

Thank you and best wishes to you too, happy 2022!

At 6:13pm on October 19, 2021, Ptrzia (TICTAC) said…

hi Heleen...so nice to have mail from you!! Beautiful! Thank you!


At 9:41am on June 18, 2020, Mark Rossmiller, Ph.D. said…

Can you direct me to the guinea pigs?

At 3:40pm on June 4, 2020, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

Bananas...on Onion Rings are blogged :-)

Thank you, Heleen xxx

At 5:05pm on February 11, 2020, Carien van Hest said…

Dank je wel, Heleen! 

At 10:30pm on September 24, 2019, Mary Anne said…

an envelope for Hannah's Birthday Box posted to Heleen today but it was severely 'labelled' by the P.O. clerk so heaven knows when it will arrive . . .

At 7:06am on May 14, 2019, Lorella said…

Thanks for your help Heleen .



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