Heleen de Vaan's Blog (14)

What or whom is she staring at?

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!

Added by Heleen de Vaan on January 3, 2018 at 12:21am — 141 Comments

Diorama from Dean

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…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on March 31, 2017 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

Recycled (tissue box) Art by Dean

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:…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on August 7, 2016 at 7:33pm — 5 Comments

The Soccer Field AAP's

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…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on October 24, 2015 at 2:36pm — 4 Comments


Last week I happened to receive two 10x15cms Water Colour paintings ('aquarel' in Dutch) at the same day.

One created close to my home town and sent recently, the other created far away and sent a longer time ago.

I am happy to show them here:

From Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Thank you very much,…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on May 29, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

We where there (in Paris)

Some people asked me where MomKat and I created mail art last month.

Here's the answer. When you stand in front of this building (my favourite building in Paris), and then turn to the right...

... behind that crowd, on the left from the bassin, you can see Momkat and Edmund already sitting waiting (I was late, as usual, this time due to making pictures of…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on May 20, 2014 at 11:27pm — 11 Comments


Food for thought, FeMail Art created and sent by Ungala.

Er, 'not right nor wrong'?

What do you think?

Whatever the correct answer is, thank you very much for this mail art (and the great drawing on the back!),…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on May 4, 2014 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

High Art High Brows, Low Art Low Brows?

I received this wonderful collaged envelope from Erni.

'O, hier is weer zo'n knutselwerk', the lady from the postboxes said when she took the envelope from a hidden place (as it didn't fit in the postbox). Translated: 'Oh, here's an other fiddling work' (the funny thing is that in Dutch 'art' is 'kunst', and 'knutselen' is to fiddle / tinker (in a positive way).

And Erni wrote the relativizing words already on top of the envelope:

'If you can't get any high art,

why not…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on April 26, 2014 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

Parcel from Dharmadada! Sent to correct address

Recently a mysterious parcel landed in my hands. 'Address unknown' (Onbekend adres) it said....

So I turned it around. There was a friendly well-known Person on it: the Haptic Werewolf! 

And, there was a correct address on it:…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on February 19, 2014 at 1:04pm — 3 Comments

Platypus Mail Art

Since many years the Platypus is one of my most favourite animals. And every now and then a platypus reaches my mail box, all the way from Oz (and other countries).

Today I am happy to show you some of them.

Above the great amazing sweet Platypus, made thanks to Onions. Thank you Katerina!

Below the beautiful collage by Nicole Eippers:…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on February 3, 2014 at 7:00pm — 45 Comments

Yay Yarn!

Yay Yarn!

Especially for the ones for whom yarn bombing takes too much time (by the sizes needed), Mail Art is the way to go!

You can knit and send lighthouses, …


Added by Heleen de Vaan on November 8, 2013 at 10:52am — 30 Comments

Letters to the Future

In the rush of everyday's tasks I usually am behind with things that really matter (Mail Art!). Too late to reply to received mail art, and many times wishing belated birthdays.

However sometimes things happen in advance. I'll share such things below this post.…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on October 21, 2013 at 11:02pm — 10 Comments

TAM and Ruud Mail

Great stamped envelope and add-and-pass-on-printed-matter from Ruud!

I always wonder how Ruud succeeds in printing his stamps so well: you can see that all stamps are colouring completely!. While mine almost always leave some white (and when I try to solve it by using more  ink, there appear extra spots :-) ) !

Thank you very much, hartelijk dank,…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on August 21, 2013 at 12:17pm — 31 Comments

Caminos de Agua - Paths of Water

Made for the 'Paths of Water' mail art project, while wondering why clean, potable water is distributed this unequal…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on July 1, 2013 at 12:00am — 2 Comments


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