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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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res nullius aka. "res" commented on Heleen de Vaan's group YAH! Artistamp Heroes!
"A creepy - yet topical - 2019 Halloween artistamp, with wonderful graphic design by Martha A./Mail Art Martha. This is another British piece that's going to be historical. [I did an unsharp mask in PS to make the graphics viewable online, and…"
Jennifer Wallace commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Heleen - The problem with being new to ANYTHING is that there's so much to learn about! I will now join the Bananas group!"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Jennifer, I guess you already know that Anna Banana is very much appreciated here at IUOMA, too?  If not, here's a link to an IUOMA group in honour of her and about Banana mail art: http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/bananas"
Jennifer Wallace commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Yet another recent Add&Pass featuring an image of Ray Johnson made me start to look up women artists who've been significant in some way in the mail art world and I'd got Anna Banana on a to-do list, to make something banana-related."
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Greetings Fan club members. Last year;s Birthday box was such a joy to be involved with that I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for something we could do this year?  The box was something of a last minute rush, and maybe all the…"
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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
Jayne Barket Lyons commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Yeah! Bonniediva joined our group! Welcome, girl!"
Charlotte Geister commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Dear Mary Ann! Don't worry and just keep cool, these are just the things (bureaucracy, rules and society agreements) Hannah H. and her gang were struggling and fighting against. Many warm hugs and crossed fingers from Germany Charlotte"
Jan 13
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Still plugging away; more frustrated than stressed, I think, but maybe, just maybe, I'm getting somewhere.  At least today's emails seem a step forward..  Fingers crossed . . . I am trying to take a lesson from Christo: …"
Jan 13
Jayne Barket Lyons commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Thanks, Mary Anne! Looking forward to what you're going to send, but please take a deep breath and don't stress over it! ; )"
Jan 13
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Dear H H Birthday Boxers, I was hoping to mail out something to all of the Birthday Boxers this week (the envelopes are all ready to go) but the printers are having problems  (or should I say I am having problems with the printers?) and so it…"
Jan 12
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cow group
"Sustainable, eatable, vegetarian alternative for the poor cow."
Jan 7
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cow group
"@Jennifer, I happened to be lucky to receive one copy, too, few days ago. It is a magazine, or coffee clutch, issued by Cascadia Artpost."
Jan 7
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"Example of a PostNL addition I don't forget: (sorry for the blurred photo, the rest of the available time I had to spend with removing the - this time very sticky - sticker :-) ) (but the xoxo on that specific code of course was a big comfort…"
Jan 4
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"If it is not the machine, might the hole have been caused by someone who tried to put a thin hot skewer into it, just to see if there was any smahsmallow left?!? True, FinnBadger, it is a label/sticker with a code, added by PostNL. To me these are…"
Jan 4
Carmen Kennedy commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Res, I can see some HH influences on this most wonderful collage created by Amy. Absolutely love it. "
Jan 4

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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 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 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,

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!




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