Minneapolis Gnome
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  • Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Diana Hale's group Redwork Post
"Do you still have room for another artist, Diana?  I'd love to contribute!"
12 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome joined Diana Hale's group

Redwork Post

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in The Philpott Lake Project and The Mail Art Experiment.  I can’t thank you enough for the generosity with which you shared your art and the patience you had with me throughout the process of putting together a webpage and exhibit for each.This round, I have a vision of creating a single piece of art incorporating…See More
12 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Maria Morisot's group Zines
"I'd love to swap zines with folks! I publish "Another Crappy Mini-Zine", which is usually a 1 page folded mini-zine, and have issues 1-10 available right now.   If you'd like to trade zines with me, please contact me to…"
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) replied to Minneapolis Gnome's discussion Flat Stanley the Gnome Project in the group Mail-Art Projects List
"Gnome Joseph has arrived in Greece! With his passport and all. ...had a banana or two: But he is resting to catch up on jet lag, so maybe he will report to you over the weekend."
Jan 17
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Carmen Kennedy's photo


"EEEP! Cow-bee coolness!"
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Sabrina S's photo

Collaged Bullfinch

"Frame it and put it on a wall!  Love the combination of collage to create a the bird and the hand drawn branch."
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Heide Monster's photo

Sabrina s-cowBurger

"I had trouble not LOL'ing in public when I saw this."
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Heide Monster's photo

Sabrina s-Merry&Bright

"Gorgeous and visually exciting use of spirographs!"
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome commented on MUSEUMOFMAILART's photo

Mr.Paper Cup (Visual poetry)

"I freaking LOVE this!"
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Holiday Mail Art from Finnbadger
"A Badger after my own heart!  Love it!"
Jan 6
Judith Dagan replied to Minneapolis Gnome's discussion Flat Stanley the Gnome Project in the group Mail-Art Projects List
"A visit to Momkat in Greece should be on every gnome's bucket list. You can reach Greece by either the East or West coast of U.S.A. however keep in mind you will need to cross a large body of water to reach your destination. Enjoy. ♤♡◇♧ judi"
Jan 6
res nullius aka. "res" replied to Minneapolis Gnome's discussion Flat Stanley the Gnome Project in the group Mail-Art Projects List
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome replied to Minneapolis Gnome's discussion Flat Stanley the Gnome Project in the group Mail-Art Projects List
"Flat Stanley the Gnome (Joseph) was thrilled to get an invitation from MomKat to grab his passport, jump into an envelope and fly out to Greece!  Some of us suspect that he may be extra happy that now he won't have to worry about how to…"
Jan 6
Minneapolis Gnome joined Ruud Janssen's group

Assembling Zines

Group to discuss the Assembling Zines. Make plans for collaborations and to show some resultsSee More
Dec 26, 2019
Minneapolis Gnome joined Maria Morisot's group


This group is for making and exchanging chapbooks and zines.See More
Dec 26, 2019
Sabela Baña left a comment for Minneapolis Gnome
"Yes, The picture is very nice."
Dec 25, 2019

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

Yes, The picture is very nice.

At 8:26pm on September 19, 2019, res nullius aka. "res" said…

Thank you so much for friending, and welcome back!

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!
At 12:55am on November 17, 2017, The lone ant said…

Yes it is! I will patiently wait for your return my friend :)

At 7:28pm on September 21, 2017, mariano filippetta said…
welcome back !!!
At 7:19pm on March 15, 2017, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

O my dear Gnome! What a blessing it is to know you though Mail Art! Thank you for your beautiful art and words. You lift us all up. Happy Ides of Trump!

Minneapolis Gnome's Blog

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…


Intricate botanical Postcard from Irina!

Posted on November 18, 2017 at 10:42pm 1 Comment

You love it!  Admit it, you ALL love it like _I_ love it, yes? 

If my job would let me change the screensaver on my work computer, this postcard from Irina in Saint Petersburg, Russia would already be my new screensaver.  I'll be hanging it on my wall so I can still get my fill of this eye candy on a regular basis.

This gorgeous, intricately designed, botanical…


Happy Birdies from Karalie landed yesterday

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

3 Happy watercolor birdies landed in my mailbox yesterday after having flown all the way from Oregon!  My partner brought them inside quickly to warm them up and they were waiting for me on my typewriter when I got home from work.  I was really glad to have a bright, cheerful, colorful image to soak my eyeballs, so I brought it with me to work today.  Before I…


Beautiful, touching mail art from April Rocco

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 6:22pm 1 Comment

April Rocco is an amazing mail art artist.  Everything I've ever gotten from her has been warm, earthy, gorgeous and original.  I've always been amazed at how she successfully runs hard and headlong outside the box of what we normally…




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