Minneapolis Gnome
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Sabrina S left a comment for Minneapolis Gnome
"Hi Gnome, I wanted to send you a surprise Mail Art but then I found out: there is no address! Noooooooo! If you want something pls let me know your address. :)"
Mar 16
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Kathy Barnett's photo

From Heide Monster Feb.,2020

"Super cool, so fun and awesome!"
Mar 4
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Heide Monster's photo

Sabrina S-Wall

Mar 4
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Carien van Hest's blog post Mail from Ruud Janssen
"Love it!  I'd so frame that!"
Mar 1
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Minneapolis Gnome's photo

Issue 10 Cover

"Thank you, res!!!!"
Feb 29
Minneapolis Gnome posted photos
Feb 23
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Sabela Baña's blog post I received mail art Add Pass of Bruno Chiarlone from Italy
"I like that 9 patch idea for an Add & Pass, looks like a really great way to get some quality collaborative art."
Feb 22
Minneapolis Gnome posted a blog post

Zines from SaraMarie arrived yesterday!

I got ZINES from SaraMarie in Conneticut on Friday!  Check out this haul!  She made a gorgeous envelope with calligraphy and…See More
Feb 22
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Fulgor Silvi's photo


"Nice tie dye effect going on there!  Yay beard gallery!"
Feb 21
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Jenn Miltenberger's photo

unicorns,zombies and butts atcs

"You make really fun art, thanks for sharing these!"
Feb 19
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Jenn Miltenberger's photo


Feb 19
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Jenn Miltenberger's photo


"Very cool, love it!"
Feb 19
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Carien van Hest's blog post Mail from Nana
"Absolutely beautiful, and that looks like hand made paper too!  Lucky!"
Feb 19
Minneapolis Gnome commented on The lone ant's photo

Brrrrrrr........Martin waits for summer.

"Such a gorgeous picture of Martin, thank you!"
Feb 14
Minneapolis Gnome posted a blog post

Pistil Prose, The All "Retail Hell" Issue

  I got a Zine from Amy in Seattle, WA in the mail today!  I've spent the night reading it cover to cover.  It's more like a…See More
Feb 13
Minneapolis Gnome replied to Minneapolis Gnome's discussion Flat Stanley the Gnome Project in the group Mail-Art Projects List
"Brent from PA, we recognize that artist!  He sent some paintings here to Minneapolis a few years ago that we photographed in different spots.  This water color friend looks really nice, what a fun couple of traveling buddies they'll…"
Feb 12

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
February 2014
My Website (without http://):
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
[UPDATE as of December 2019:
I have SUCKED at mail arting for the past 2 to 3 years. I haven't been able to make it, send it, open it, post pictures or blogs about it, respond to it...life has changed significantly. I'm hoping I can get back on a steady roll, but I can't guarantee anything of the sort as free time & energy to art has become a scarce luxury. I'm thinking that trading zines would be awesome right now - so long as the recipient is forewarned that they're awful. The title of my zine is, "Another Crappy Mini-Zine", which I think is fairly self explanatory.]

I like art, that of others and also making it. It's hard for me to make anything without knowing that it will have a place to go, so mail art motivates me by giving me a project with a purpose. Getting surprises in the mail ain't too shabby of a benefit, either.

When I started in mail art I made a lot of carefully cut collage postcards, which was fun, helped loosen me up and build my confidence. I now enjoy making and receiving original [UPDATE 12/2019: or photocopies now that I am down on energy, time and mental space to reciprocate much of anything original] hand drawn or hand painted art, fun little doodles, sketches, drawings that take longer to complete, copies of zines, hand carved rubber stamp prints and lino / wood block prints.

Please don't be shy, I don't think you have to consider yourself "good" at drawing / painting or have ever even spent a lot of time practicing in order to doodle out and color a postcard that will delight me. My heart sings when I see people’s free hand drawings / paintings / carves, they are wonderful eye candy to me.

My mail art is often light hearted or whimsical, I hope to bring a smile and positive feelings to the recipient and also to focus my own mind in a happy direction while I create. I sometimes let myself make political or societal statements with mail art as well, though I walk a fine line trying not to bum the recipient out without offering some type of solution or hope in how we can make the world a better place.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
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[UPDATE DECEMBER 2019:  I bought myself a newer used scanner/copier/printer for my birthday.  Now that I have one that works properly, I'm excited to send back issues 1-9 and current issue #10 around to people.  Let me know if you'd like copies!  Since I'm currently a non-reliable mail artist who just went through 2-3 years of flitting in and out of mail art existence with barely any explanation whatsoever, I'm happy to send them out as "Guilt Free Mail - No Reply Expected".]

In August 2014 I made #6 of a mini-zine called "Another Crappy Mini-Zine".  These are printed on reused paper in black and white using my home laser printer, then individually hand colored.  The 8 page folded mini-zines usually have an easter egg which can be found by unfolding them and looking at the "unprinted" side.  I've done issues on: How cold it is in my office, how to leave an efficient voice mail, weird tidbits on raising chickens, a fan - zine of Scott drawing birds and a couple others.    

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At 12:04pm on March 16, 2020, Sabrina S said…

Hi Gnome, I wanted to send you a surprise Mail Art but then I found out: there is no address! Noooooooo! If you want something pls let me know your address. :)

At 4:25am on February 12, 2020, SaraMarie Bottaro said…

It would be wonderful to swap zines with you!

At 10:46pm on February 9, 2020, The lone ant said…

Gnome found in post box. Heads to beach.....

At 3:31am on February 9, 2020, Jayne Barket Lyons said…

Hi neighbor! Love, love, love the zines, zines, zines! Thanks so much! Read about it here!

At 8:43am on December 25, 2019, Sabela Baña said…

Yes, The picture is very nice.

At 10:40pm on August 14, 2019, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

My dear Gnome, do you still walk among us? I miss you.

At 6:54pm on April 25, 2018, Norma Soulet said…

Hi Minneapolis Gnome,

Something went out in today's mail for you.

Be on the lookout! LOL

At 10:23pm on March 24, 2018, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Esteemed Gnome, in spite of your warning, I opened the mail. Perhaps this was because you warning was INSIDE the mail. Oh well, I seem to have survived but there is now a giant woolyworm creeping around my house. He seems rather starry-eyed. Maybe he thinks he's made it to Hollywood instead of plain old Oregon. I LOVE HIM, and your delightful letter, even though it has woolyworm poop on it. Thanks for attempting to save me from this menace!

At 11:11pm on March 17, 2018, Jayne Barket Lyons said…

Hi Gnome! Just sent a friend request. I have mail art friends from afar, and thought it would be neat to have one near - and since we're practically neighbors (I'm in Lakeville). Hoping we can swap mail art! 

At 6:00am on November 17, 2017, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…
YES! I've heard the Gnome is BACK!!!! Prepare to receive some mail art!

Minneapolis Gnome's Blog

Zines from SaraMarie arrived yesterday!

Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:41pm 0 Comments

I got ZINES from SaraMarie in Conneticut on Friday!  Check out this haul!  She made a gorgeous…


Pistil Prose, The All "Retail Hell" Issue

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 4:36am 1 Comment


I got a Zine from Amy in Seattle, WA in the mail today!  I've spent the night…


Got Mail Art from MomKat just now!

Posted on February 1, 2020 at 8:07pm 3 Comments

The mail brought a special handmade envelope to me this afternoon, just about a half hour ago, all the way from MomKat in Greece!  Whoo Hoo!  Thank you for thinking of me, Katerina!  Those Flat Stanley the Gnomes seem to know all the tricks....steaming off artistamps to discover hidden return addresses, my word!  What will that clever Joseph do next?  That's a really cool running deer stamp you used.  Thanks so much for the mail!  …


Knit Gnome Mail Art from Shellie Lewis!

Posted on March 17, 2018 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

I got an AMAZING brown box in the mail.  Honestly, it was VERY well constructed.  I've made some boxes in my day for mailing stuff, and this one put mine to shame.

But I digress!  I am not blogging about the box, I'm blogging about the fluffy blue tissue inside, which contained within it's folds A HAND GNIT, intricately tiny and well made GNOME…




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