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Heleen de Vaan's Discussions

missing Elefantus!

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

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

Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cafe
"Lovely photo, Katerina, thank you for sharing! The three of you turned the Athens cafe into the Athens Mail Art Café!"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Guido Vermeulen's group TREES
"Beautiful photos, Katerina!  Here in the Amstelland both spring blossom and winter bold trees. Maybe hard to see because of the shadow and my tiny camera, but I guess inspiring for us, mail artists, though:"
Apr 7
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Haptic Erni in Hamburg
"Beautiful spring blossom tree! And thank you for your Spring Baer mail art, Katerina!"
Apr 7
Heleen de Vaan commented on Toni Hanner -- tonipoet's group Magpies, Ravens, and Crows--Oh My!
"Thank you, Pam, looking forward to adding some fellow corvids to your add&pass!"
Apr 5
Heleen de Vaan commented on Dimitra Papatheodorou's group Envelopes
"Great envelope from Norma Soulet. I love the IUOMA artistamp, and Dutch PostNL thought it a good idea to add a code on a sticker to the addressee. The content of this envelope you can see in the Fiber Artists group. Thank you very much, Norma!"
Apr 5
Heleen de Vaan commented on Karen Champlin's group Fiber Artists & Mail Art
"Beautiful mixed media fiber art Spring Flowers arrived early April from Norma Soulet from the US into NL! The envelope I'll post in the Envelopes group. Thank you very much, Norma!"
Apr 5
Heleen de Vaan commented on Toni Hanner -- tonipoet's group Magpies, Ravens, and Crows--Oh My!
"I love these birds, so yes, please, Pam, if you want to send it to me, would be great!"
Apr 5
Jane Marlin joined Heleen de Vaan's group

Orange lovers

When I was preparing this mail to send to two Orange lovers, I found out that there still is no IUOMA-group for Orange lovers.So here it is! If Orange is your favourite colour, and if you want to share Orange mail with the world: join!(by the way, my favourite colour is Turquoise...)BewarenSee More
Mar 20
Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
"An other proof of the fact that every day can be a Banana Day. Banana Phone Call Day :-) Thank you, FinnBadger!"
Mar 17
Heleen de Vaan is attending Erin Young's event

The Gashlycrumb Tinies OPEN ART CALL at Canada

March 17, 2019 at 6pm to February 29, 2020 at 7pm
The Gashlycrumb Tinies Open Call for Mail Art.Reviving my old I.U.O.M.A group into an open call. Exhibit to be held next year. Date, time, place to be determined. Once the exhibit wraps up here in Ontario Canada all pieces will make their way to Portugal to be on display in a local museum. more details on that to come later.. Please check out The Gashlycrumb Tinies I.U.O.M.A group for past entries as well as all new submissions that come in.If you have heard of The Gashlycrumb Tinies by; Edward…See More
Mar 17
Norma Soulet commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"From Linda Rogers- a mixed media postcard with lots of layers."
Mar 12
Heleen de Vaan commented on Guido Vermeulen's group TREES
"Thank you for sharing, Norma, I'm happy it arrived wel! And looking forward to seeing your contribution :-)"
Mar 8
Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
"Thank you for your great mails, Katerina! And yes, in February there's a lot of celebrations, among them Banana Day! Belated Happy Banana Day! (by the way, your all-February-important-days-mail arrived in time, even for the New YotPig, on 5…"
Feb 25
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Love the ORANGE hats on Theo Nelson's froggies :-)"
Feb 25
Bill Porter left a comment for Heleen de Vaan
"Hi Heleen, thanks for letting me know about the A&P. To answer your question, send it on to whomever you like.  ~Bill@The Olathe Poste"
Feb 21
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Bill Porter
"Received your great A-a-P, Bill! I already added to it (not yet shown here). Any idea or preference to whom I shall forward it? Or shall I first return it to you?"
Feb 21

Profile Information

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 1:21am 138 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 1:30am 4 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 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:…


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 added-to-and-passed-on-and-returned-to-me sheets in this…


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At 12:40pm on February 21, 2019, Bill Porter said…

Hi Heleen, thanks for letting me know about the A&P. To answer your question, send it on to whomever you like.  ~Bill@The Olathe Poste

At 9:49pm on February 7, 2019, Eduardo Cardoso said…

Hello Heleen. My profile is up to date. The address I have there is the current one. See you in the mail. :)

At 4:56pm on January 30, 2019, Ilya Semenenko-Basin said…

Dear Heleen

Thank. Returning the collage to Moscow would have had meaning if there was still free space on the paper sheet. I could complete the collage and send it to Brazil.

Or do you fill in the sheet yourself with signs?

At 4:16pm on January 28, 2019, Norma Soulet said…

Hi Heleen,

Yes, please send me the Add N' Pass.



At 3:37pm on January 7, 2019, Ilya Semenenko-Basin said…

Hello Heleen

I send you a collage in the framework of the program ADD & PASS. Please add and send on.

With good wishes in the new year,

At 1:08pm on November 30, 2018, Bill Porter said…

Heleen,  Glad that you'd like to work on a "trees" A&P, it will be on it's way to you shortly. Thank you!  ~Bill @ The Olathe Poste

At 5:29pm on November 21, 2018, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

What a nice friendly owl!

'love it! Many thanks xxx

At 9:50pm on November 4, 2018, xx Jones said…

Hi Helen, thank you, I am glad you got my mail and liked it! 

Oh, it would be great to get a cow sometime, but no rush ...

I've been very slow myself!

At 5:30pm on April 1, 2018, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

HAPPY EASTER, to you and  the family, Heleen!

glad my goodies arrived on time!

At 8:36pm on February 28, 2018, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Heleen, thank you for the collab Banana Post you sent to Kat and she passed on to me! Minions, bananas, bananas, bananas! So much fun!




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