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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 Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post August 1st HAPPY BIRTHDAY 70-WISHES! Erni celebrating in Hamburg
"(I guess she does not know it is the Haptic Werewolf' :-) )"
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post August 1st HAPPY BIRTHDAY 70-WISHES! Erni celebrating in Hamburg
"By the way, I found a drawing of the Haptic Werewolf in this comic by a Belgian illustrator:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BgjmvHLBaT5/ The text says, the little girl asks: 'Miss (teacher), how do you draw a dog?' The teacher replies,…"
1 hour ago
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Under the same Sky
"24 March 2018, 15.15 (= 3.15 pm)"
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post August 1st HAPPY BIRTHDAY 70-WISHES! Erni celebrating in Hamburg
"Haha, nice! Both the fact that Kurt keeps on whistling, and her new clothings :-)"
7 hours ago
Heleen de Vaan commented on Guido Vermeulen's group TREES
"See this wonderful initiative: in Melbourne there are trees who have an email address! https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/when-you-give-a-tree-an-email-address/398210/"
Debra Mulnick joined Heleen de Vaan's group

YAH! Artistamp Heroes!

Group to share the artistamps which you've received from... Your Artistamp Hero(es)! In the past years I've received wonderful artistamps (also known as cinderella stamps). Recently I was surprised by some more beautiful self-created stamps. I will publish the awesome beautiful artistamps by…See More
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Under the same Sky
"Sky above Amstelveen/Amsterdam, 21 march 2018, 10.21am"
Norma Soulet commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"I agree with the Three of you! Nancy , "Fake Orange" Perfect! :)"
Nancy Bell Scott commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Ficus, that in the w.h. is not orange. It's fakeorange, another color entirely. And it represents what Carolyn said."
Carolyn Cline commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Ficus, I thought we’d hit the depths with GWB, but everyone I know feels like DT has slithered to new depths never dreamed of."
Ficus strangulensis commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"I'm pretty much in love with ALL colors but the particular peculiar shade of orange that lives in the usa's white house is NOT on my list!"
Nancy Bell Scott commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
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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
Ficus strangulensis commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"When I was in Ames, Iowa usa, going to the State University there as a bearded chemistry major back in prehistoric 1960, I had a bright orange, long sleeved, hopsacking pullover shirt which I loved [and wore] to death! It stood out when worn…"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ficus strangulensis's group Pranking the unsuspecting
"Wow, so much mail after such a long time. So there's a lot of mail to return, Carolyn :-) An Australian mail artist I found on instagram and whose returns-to-senders I admire, is, er, I forgot her name. Her returning envelopes might inspire…"
Alan Brignull commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"Sometimes it's worth the cost of a stamp to get something like this returned"

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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 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…


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 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!

At 8:07am on February 18, 2018, Ti Ar Raden said…

Hartelijk dank Heleen. Your banana-shaped MailArt piece landed safely. http://tiarraden.blogspot.fr/2018/02/gwenn-ha-du-2018-ii-13-heleen.html

At 10:25am on February 11, 2018, K Rolina Artist said…

You are welcome Heleen!

At 10:10pm on February 9, 2018, Kevin Geronimo Brandtner said…

Thank you very much Heleen! I really love them!

At 2:40pm on February 7, 2018, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

Happy Happy February! Thank you so much, Heleen!


Happy February from Heleen!

At 12:54pm on January 27, 2018, Chorianopoulou Maria said…

Hi!It will be a real pleasure to receive your mail art for my Project THE POST!
Maria from Greece!

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:




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