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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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Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"There are now six people on the list!!!"
12 hours ago
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"130 was just wishful thinking but we might manage a dozen or so . . . Time is short and therefore against us."
12 hours ago
Visual Mom commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"It might be hard to get 130 participants, but possibly could ask participants to mail 130 mailart ephemera each and do an assembling project that goes back out to the contributors.. Decisions to make: largest paper size (A4 or postcard size) and if…"
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Hannah Höch (fan club)

Some mail artists add a stamp print to their mail art, saying 'Hannah Hoch Fan Club'.Until I received these stamp prints I never had heard of this artist, who was born 1st of November 1889. She has been a collage / photomontage pioneer. She was part of the Dada movement and also became involved in the De Stijl art movement. For anyone who has a Hannah Höch Fan Club Stamp (and interested…See More
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Charlotte Geister commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"I agree with Mary Anne that it would be quite interesting, if everyone  would make they own box. I rather love to look at flea markets and there you could find also fitting and cheap things.  Meanwhile I have checked the fees for the post…"
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"A Cascadia of questions. The idea was that everyone found/made their own boxes.  If they did it at the end of the project, they could make it a fitting size but everyone's would probably be different.  There are flat-pack boxes on…"
Cascadia Artpost commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"The Cascadia Artpost perspective: (1) Who is constructing boxes? We have constructed boxes with an opening lid in the past, but 130 boxes would be a formidable project. In a past collaborative project with 30 participants I constructed 15 boxes, and…"
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Sensible Charlotte - everything right! 130 artists works out at about three artists a week - just a thought.  We would need to find big boxes . . ."
Charlotte Geister commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Hi Mary Anne, I think the name for the project is perfect! But perhaps the deadline being the 01.11.2019 would be a bit tight... I am still working and I don't know what about the others... What about the end of November? I also love the idea…"
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Hannah Hoch's Birthday Box How's that for a snappy title?  This coming November the first would have been Hannah's 130th birthday.  Is it too tight to have that as a deadline?  If it is we could run the project until…"
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Dear Charlotte - on behalf of the group - Welcome!  I will put you on the list. We are still deciding what we will do so keep looking here for details As it is at the moment, you do anything you want, any size. You send something to everyone on…"
Charlotte Geister commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Hi Mary Anne and the others, I have just had a look in my emails and discovered all your comments about starting a group in Hommage of Hannah Höchs collages! I would love to join the group, because I am a fan of her work for ages. I am writing…"
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"So, A little resume of where we are. The plan is to have an assembling box. Everyone finds their own box or, if they can afford the postage, makes a box for someone else on the list (?)  The box will then be filled (hopefully) by everyone…"
Carmen Kennedy commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Heleen, that is an excellent idea! I like that everyone would receive a work from all in the group."
Carmen Kennedy commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Cunning plans are good. I am mostly offline this weekend because of other commitments but am happy to go along with whatever plans come about. I like that Cascadia might do some mini stamps. I hope some other people will find an interest in this and…"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"I think a box a good idea! We could make per person as much pieces of artwork (or one original and copy it - by hand or by copy machine - as much) as there are people who are joining. So in the end we have a a piece from all. We could use a box…"

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Mail-Artist since:
2009 (and not aware being mailarting since 1979)
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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.
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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 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-Bassin 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-Bassin 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!




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