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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


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Heleen de Vaan commented on Ilya Semenenko-Basin's blog post This is incorrigible
"I agree with all who commented. I’d love to blog received mail art on my projects’ blogspot blogs (animals; solitude; doctors) and here at IUOMA, but daily life is too full with work and care of family, to even create all mail art I have…"
Sep 15
Laura Robertson joined Heleen de Vaan's group

Barcode Mail Art

Barcodes. They are everywhere, but surprisingly not used that often in mail art. When I received this piece of Barcode mail art (named 'Variation on a barcode Op. 99') thanks to Dean, Artist in Seine, I wanted to post it in the IUOMA Barcode Mail Art group. However... I couldn't find any Barcode group!.. That's why and how this group started here.You can post your received or sent Barcode…See More
Sep 8
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Diorama from Dean
"Thank you again, Dean, and such a honour that your book is mail art nr 1500! I’ll keep the mystery - to the other IUOMA members - for a little longer while. To post it in the Wowissa-group (hopefully soon)  :-)"
Sep 3
Profile IconCarien van Hest and Bradford joined Heleen de Vaan's group

Big Brother is watching us

For the ones who were thinking that only email, facebook sites and other private digital sources are watched by Big Brother (all of our governments, intelligence services, other authorities, other others?): Wake Up! Also snail mail turns out to be subject to unwanted secretly spying eyes!... From now on we will be watched even more closely than before: as a member of this group you can share your…See More
Aug 20
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
Aug 19
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Thank you in advance, Val! As long as you think it boring you should not te-post it. But if the beauty and deepness of this card is suddenly unveiled for you, yes please, do! Otherwise I can post it there as soon as I’ll have received it. p.s.…"
Aug 19
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Not boring at all, Val, in contrary: interesting! I love those sheep, so if this card still is available, and not compostated / buried under any boredom, please send it to me and I will send you a really bored/boring postcard in return! (I’ll…"
Aug 16
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"ORANGE envelope from Ann Golden:"
Aug 9
Dean aka Artist in Seine commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Diorama from Dean
"Happy it arrived.  Take your time opening it.  You might also want to be sitting down.  Enjoy"
Aug 7
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Diorama from Dean
"Those good old days revive! Because I see you blogging new AiS mail art and....I received a mysterious parcel from the city of the river Seine! (although the stamps made me think it was from the city of the river Amstel) I will unbox it in the…"
Aug 7
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Diorama from Dean
"Ah, the good ol' days :-) So good to see the Artist in Seine!"
Aug 7
Dean aka Artist in Seine commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Diorama from Dean
"Hi, I guess I missed this blog somehow. I just had a look at your photos and said to myself, "I did that?" It's so cool. Thank you for you blog. What a delight to see this again."
Aug 7
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Bar code masterpiece from Paris!
"How good to see that Artist in Seine is back to barcoding again! Great altered postcard, although I keep on thinking that it is a real photo, of a large, enormous bar code painting in a Parisian (AiS’s) living room..."
Aug 4
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Haptic Erni in Hamburg
"Happy Birthday! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag!"
Aug 1
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"And an other extra bar code, this time over the address and not so easily removable.. And in exchange, the Post tore off a little part of the artistamp.. Thank you, Cascadia Artpost for this very interesting mail!"
Jul 30
FinnBadger commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"@Heleen - the black barcode looks like it was applied here in the US. I have no idea if any postal services can read the codes from another country. Glad the added one could be easily removed, just like the USPS ones."
Jul 30

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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 1:21am 142 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 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 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 10:41am on June 18, 2020, Mark Rossmiller, Ph.D. said…

Can you direct me to the guinea pigs?

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

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

Thank you, Heleen xxx

At 6:05pm on February 11, 2020, Carien van Hest said…

Dank je wel, Heleen! 

At 11:30pm 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 8:06am on May 14, 2019, Lorella said…

Thanks for your help Heleen .

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,




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