Vel Crowe
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Why? Because Mail Art!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Jul 26, 2018. 8 Replies

* You always grab extra copies of free neighborhood newspapers and magazines.*You go out of your way to take religious and political tracts, flyers, handbills, handouts, Scientology personality tests…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started this discussion. Last reply by xx Jones May 12, 2017. 4 Replies

NOTA BENNY, i just posted the same message as a blog post; my befuddlement knows no bounds. f this is not good etiquette here, please cut a rank beginner a break, okay? thanks a zillon!thurs…Continue


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Carolyn Cline replied to Vel Crowe's discussion Why? Because Mail Art!
"It’s evolving...or maybe degenerating at my house You haunt dollar stores, looking for interesting things to mail you spend waaay too much time on this site you save hospital stickers from your emergency visits you nudge small children away…"
Jul 26, 2018
Carolyn Cline replied to Vel Crowe's discussion Why? Because Mail Art!
"We should all get together and go foraging! "
Dec 31, 2017
Bonniediva replied to Vel Crowe's discussion Why? Because Mail Art!
"You've just described my studio and my life!!! Thanks, Vel"
Dec 31, 2017
Carolyn Cline replied to Vel Crowe's discussion Why? Because Mail Art!
"You beg barf bags and airplane mags from your son. Youhave asked hairdressers if they have old style books they want to get rid of  You’re eyeing dried grasses in the yard for postcard enhancement You are shopping thrift stores for large…"
Dec 21, 2017
Jokie X Wilson left a comment for Vel Crowe
"I think I just saw your message. I think you sent it back in March. In case I didn't answer already: Jokie X Wilson 620 Eddy Street No 24 San Francisco CA 94109-7912"
Dec 6, 2017

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Mail-Artist since:
My Website (without http://):
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
a friend of mine who exchanged art showed me some cool thigs; i found some kindly strangers' addresses and sent them queer little postcards i had made. some people liked them and sent me things back. also more addresses. so i made more peculiar postcards and sent them to creative strangers,. also envelopes full of wonderful paper things and the odd package containibg weird and beautiful shit. it was a lot of fun for a long time, then i stopped for a while. now i want to create cool things to mail to other people again and fill my mailbox with fine and curious things. so i am starting up again.
Sparrow 13
aka Baron von Velcrowe, Elvis Velcrow, Sadie Velcrow,
Taqueria El Velcrow, Ragtime Crowboy Velcrow et alia
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
email address:
surface mail: tba

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I just challenged myself!

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 11:29pm 0 Comments

Fri 09/29/2017, 14:28

While out on errands this morning, I found a half-dozen back issues of National Geographic and a self-published book of somebody's goofy poetry. Of course I brought them home with me! That's why I've issued myself a little creative challenge for this afternoon--making ten [10] cards with these requirements:

*Each must be a standard 5.5"x3.5" (13.97x8.89 centimeters to our non-Yank…


I'm BACK! [Warning: Sorry-Ass Excuses Ahead!]

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Hello, all! recently i've been a lazy lout, haven't done any mail art or much else. Some folks sent me beautiful and clever pieces i haven't acknowledged nor responded to.

Because why? Because i've been pretty broke. Because i've been feeling low. Because I got run over by  a car on Friday 06/02* (it's true!). Because me and my partner and our pets all live in a tiny little hotel room and I can't always get it together to clear a big-enough space to spread out my making…


groovin' on a saturday afternoon

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 11:53pm 0 Comments

sat 03/18/2017 15:54

sfpl sfcausa

last night i had an art fit. did some throwing-about of poster paint and a little collage; mailed a couple of pieces--including one which i sent to my crimey-and-spouse who lives @ the same address as me. he really liked that particular card, so i'm gonna give it to him!

this aft, i'm @ the san fran pub lib; our internet connection has once again gone temporarily t*ts-up. thank whoever's-in-charge for that free library online access!…


Thanks a zillion, nice folks!

Posted on March 11, 2017 at 11:48pm 2 Comments

It's saturday afternoon, and I'd like to thank all you lovely artistes who hollered back with help and encouragement when i sent out my li'l the wall and on the blog the other day. Our Internet service where we live is not always entirely at its best, like recently, and i've got a streak of indolence in my makeup that's a mile wide, so sometimes  it takes me a little longer than we like, to respond to messages--but please do be in touch, 'k?.

Senor Velcrow…


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At 1:07am on December 6, 2017, Jokie X Wilson said…

I think I just saw your message. I think you sent it back in March. In case I didn't answer already:

Jokie X Wilson

620 Eddy Street No 24

San Francisco CA


At 4:06am on August 31, 2017, Bonniediva said…

Thank you, Dear Vel (Squirrel Lee... !!! ) Love the postcard. As always, my mailman is a lucky guy. 

At 8:34pm on June 17, 2017, Edward said…
At 5:12pm on May 19, 2017, Allison Baker said…

Hi Vel! Sorry I only just now saw your comment on my wall from march, YIKES. YES love to swap some artsy postcards. my addy is PO box 100492, Arlington VA 22210

I have some beauties to send back to you too :)

At 5:42am on April 27, 2017, Bonniediva said…

Hey Vel,

I got your fabulous piece with feathers! Sublime! xxoo Bonniediva in the middle of nowheres!

At 3:27am on April 21, 2017, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Hi Vel Crowe--I got your wonderful MUNG #1 with teeth piece today -- wildly original, I think. I had to look up "mung" of course. At first I assumed it was a name for whatever gets stuck between your teeth. It should be!

At 5:07am on March 30, 2017, Azzaro said…

Vel - thanks for the PC - nice 'Mitre Peak' address side - it saved me a journey - If the mountain will not come to Azzaro, then Azzaro must go to the mountain' . Original abstract on tuther side, and I liked the jagged edge. The Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly was alighting on the mountain, and over yonder someone was letting off - fireworks. Great stuff.


At 4:49pm on March 25, 2017, Bonniediva said…

Hey Vel, I send you a fab piece in an envelope with the address you gave, but it came back "return to sender." Did you move?

At 5:44pm on March 19, 2017, Fleur Helsingor said…

>> Hello, i'm Velcrow! would you like to swap some art?
>> would you like one of my peculiar postcards?
>> send me a surface-mail address, and i'll send you one.

Sure! Please send it to:

Fleur Helsingor
P.O. Box 30571
Oakland, CA 94604

At 9:59pm on March 16, 2017, Patricio - The Celestial Scribe said…

Earthling, this may be the last but certainly it´s not the least welcome message to IUOMA you are going to receive. I’m a celestial mail artist living in a heavenly corner of the faraway universe called Republik van Patland. I´d love to be the other end if you wish to trade mail art with a celestial mail artist. If this is the case at the time your envelope should read as follows:

The Celestial Scribe
Terrene Embassy
Republik van Patland
Caixa Postal 24827

I look forward to see a piece of yours in my terrene mailbox. I´ll do my homework after receiving your artwork. This is nothing less than a Celestial Promise. I’m Patricio, Celestial Scribe & Republik van Patland Official Envelope Provider.




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