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missing Elefantus!

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

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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


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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"ORANGE hot original watercolor from Theo Nelson"
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Heleen de Vaan updated their profile
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post What or whom is she staring at?
"(79) Many happy animals, and pink and blue - while she is dressed in a turquoise dress, so the happiness is complete, here in Katerina's visual answer to the question what/whom she is staring at! Thank you very much,…"
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"Great detective work, Alan, thank you! And via his website I found more info about the Elsewhere Philatelic Society (and philatelicism), http://stampsfromelsewhere.com"
Alan Brignull commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"Unknown no longer : the EPS stamps are by Michael Wertz http://www.wertzateria.com/maps-and-stamps"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Through the Looking-Glass
"I think you're right about the Xhosa pronounciation. Fortunately there is no x or ' in the word for (m)ail artist, as these letters/sounds are very hard to pronounce for non-native speakers. (there is an awesome movie in which a xhosa…"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Through the Looking-Glass
"I think you can use the pre-word 'ost' for all ail artists in whose language 'mail' means 'post'. In German a Mail Artist is a Post Künstler, so an Ail Artist will be an Ost Künstler, 'Ost' here not…"
Carolyn Cline commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Our living room"
Carolyn Cline commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Poppy, one of the feather people at my house"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"Wonderful stamps, Alan, thank you very much for sharing! And I am happy to be able to add two more countries to my list of unknown-now-known places (countries/places already known to me are Adanaland, the United Queendom of Retailia and the Quindy…"
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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
Alan Brignull commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"Martha, Heleen, you're making me blush ;-) Here are a couple of my artistamp heroes: the wonderful Dogfish of Tui-Tui and the unknown artists of the Elsewhere Philatelic Society."
Mail Art Martha commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"Ooops! I am the forgetful  type. "
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Through the Looking-Glass
"I don't know in Swahili, but in Xhosa mail artist is Umculi wiposi,  and for ail artist we can say Yimuphi umculi. I am happy to have helped you to solve the long-lasting question!"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"By the way, I posted your (and Cascadia Artpost's) artistamp on n other location yesterday. See: http://realweirdanimals.blogspot.nl/2018/01/mail-art-martha-10-and-cascadia-artpost.html"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"Martha, really? I thought you were kidding!?! See also the last alinea of my introduction text above of this group. Sharing the artistamps of your Y-A-Heroes is very much welcomed and appreciated! (Besides that: Alan is one of my heroes, too!)"

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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

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What or whom is she staring at?

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 1:21am 131 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…


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:…


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…


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At 6:49pm on December 28, 2017, Kevin Geronimo Brandtner said…

Hey Heleen! Thank you for your welcome :)

Great that you are interested in the bookmark heads project! I will send you some heads as soon as possible :)

All the Best Geronimo

At 8:10am on November 29, 2017, stripygoose said…
You're welcome - and as many people say to me - no rush!
Have a nice day :>)
At 8:49pm on November 23, 2017, jimmyconnors said…

hey, inhabitant of Postbus 581, your letter to the inhabitant of Postfach 100749 has arrived. I have to wait some time until I open  the original letter though because I like those Deutsche Post plastic covers so much.

At 8:56am on November 23, 2017, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

Wow...thanks for blogging, Heleen, 'tis a great blog you have!

i always try to add an animal somewhere on the mail art/envelope 

when i send to you :-) 'Love all the critters you create too:

At 9:36pm on November 19, 2017, copor said…

.Mail Art Project
Theme: what's wrong with my city
Deadline : February 1th, 2018.
Free technique.
Dimension: free (maksimum size 8,5×11 inches or 22 x 28cm)
No fees. No jury.
No return.
All works will be documented online. Link will be available after exhibition. Please, include your email so we can send you the link later.
Exhibition: Febrary 24th, 2018, Knjigozemska, Zadar
All works (limit 3) must be sent by post.
Send to : „Knjigozemska“ c/o Roberto Vodanović Čopor
Franka lisice 4
23000 Zadar

At 9:16pm on November 14, 2017, jimmyconnors said…

Hey, the address is now officially fine. Unfortunately, at least one of the postal workers deliberately refused to place things addressed to Jimmy Connors (pictured); she was even able to make the connection between the P.O. Box number and the name (almost at least) when asked. Well, according to the contract she had every right to act that way as Jimmy Connors was no offical user of the P.O. Box. Why some of the letters that were addressed to Jimmy Connors c/o F. Schneider were also returned and others have been delivered even when addressed to some other completely different names I can only speculate. I'll post what I have received before and after mentioning the addressee - when I'll find the time.

At 11:09am on October 26, 2017, Mail Art Martha said…

This is Kevin our regular postman and honorary Mail Artist. He takes a keen interest in what he delivers. And yes I agree Clowns were frightening when I was  a kid and now I do not find them funny at all. Slapstick humour is not my thing. The idea was Jack's and I do anything for a laugh so I agreed. It was a great experience of mail art collaboration and I enjoyed it very much. 

Here is Kevin. I made a stamp 

At 3:54pm on September 15, 2017, Kayenderes said…

Called World Womens Book Fair

At 3:53pm on September 15, 2017, Kayenderes said…

I would like to swap some mail with you.  Can you accept me and also let me know.  I was at Women Congress back in Amsterdam a few years back.  thank you

At 8:19pm on September 8, 2017, FinnBadger said…

Glad both items made it to you. :)




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