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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


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Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post What or whom is she staring at?
"(68) I always thought that she is only staring. But thanks to Colin I learned that she is contemplating, too. While sitting and staring, a lot appears to be going on in her mind. And in addition to the postal stamp on the back of this card, some…"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post What or whom is she staring at?
"(67) Always a good thing to watch: the flag of the nature-friendly country Cascadia! On the back side of this card you can see artistamps showing one of the many wonderful Cascadian landscapes.Sent by Cascadia Artpost. Thank you very much!!"
Heleen de Vaan commented on karuniko's group blue roads
"Beautiful Blue mixed media card from Jan Hodgman! Thank you very much! (p.s. I  don't know if I  am holding  the card the correct  way?)"
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Still luv the orange animaton... but eating watermelon this summer :-) and making ORANGE snails?"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Mim Golub Scalin's group CIRCLES
"Circles from Katerina: Thank you very much, Katerina!"
Heleen de Vaan commented on karuniko's group blue roads
"Greek Summer Blue-ness and KAterina's famous Cat sent from Greece to  NL."
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Candy mints and time to knit from Heleen?
"Thank you for the wonderful result, Katerina, I love  it!  Within a few days I'll blog him/her on my realweirdanimals site!"
Karin Hofvander 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
Jul 13
Valentine Mark Herman commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Yay Yarn!
"Thanks Heleen. I've looked at Instax, and the 'new' 'not-a-real-Polaroid-but-we-will-pretend-it-is-for-marketing-reasons-and-hope-that-you-will-be-fooled-and-buy-one'...but have never bought one. I stick to the original…"
Jul 6
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Yay Yarn!
"Wonderful, and I am happy to see all of your creations, Katerina and Valentine! And it may seem weird, but I never thought of making a snake out of a punnik thread, Katerina, even  not add eyes to  a single thread. He/she looks…"
Jul 6
Valentine Mark Herman commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Yay Yarn!
"Here are some of my current Punnekins/Tricotaines hanging on an old metal candlestick. I now add a Punnekin to every canvas I exhibit, and the Punnekins have become a bit of a 'Val Trade Mark'. Behind the Punnekins and candlestick are some…"
Jul 5
Heleen de Vaan commented on MISS NOMA's group ThE/ CuT-UP/ TecHNiQUE/
"Your text cut-ups are great, Ficus!"
Jul 5
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Yay Yarn!
Jul 4
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's blog post Yay Yarn!
"The Eternal Knitwork!!! ..back to spool knitting this summer :-)"
Jul 4
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cow group
"More Mail Cows (official Dutch 'for Europe' stamps from 1995), 'Map' Cows:"
Jun 30
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cow group
"Mail Cow (as an arty - official! - stamp)"
Jun 30

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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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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 116 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…


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At 10:08pm on May 9, 2017, stripygoose said…

Welcome to the migration Heleen!

At 5:30am on May 9, 2017, Terry Reid said…

Well, Heleen, my best to MomKat when best next you write.

At 12:43am on April 29, 2017, gin said…

dear Heleen! You remember well. :D I LOVE languages, especially Russian. THANK YOU for offering to send me cardboard language cutouts ~~~ whatever you find, you are welcome to send! Thank you so much. You're wonderful! Xx :) :) :) 

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!!




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