An envelope made from two postcards joined up with a flock of circles inside. I shall put them to good use soon.

Mim, great idea to join two postcards so they look like one, will do that as it might fool the so called Royal Mail ( notthing Royal about it; it is now a business, set on making  money and giving as poor a service as they can. )

I got an envelope with many splendoured things. I found

a freely executed picture, a monoprint perhaps?

and then a tiny envelope fell out, with a tiny notebook, both made with hand printed
or perhaps watercoloured paper, and a more than tiny card

a small card of an intrincate design, part collage, shown here front and back

and a certificate of participation to a call.
Wow!Thanks Inverted Post!

From Peter Müller; three superb graphics, beautiful interplay of colours and type.

Carmen Kennedy sent an atmospheric composition. a collage by her
on a paining by a friend of hers, and a lovely small card of oriental flavour

A Report from Cascadia.
Jack Lattemann's latests effort for Truck Month,
which is a longer month than the usual month.
Truck Month is a measure of time used to calculate prison sentences,
apparently, in the States and Canada.

On the small photo at the bottom of the page is Martha the Pensioner,
with her trolley,
who has stopped to watch somebody working. My favourite pastime too.

Three characteristicaly intriguing postcards from Ficus Strangulensis,
who looks at us from the last one from his studio.

Jan Hodgman sent me a card, a collage with ancient auspicious symbols and an intriguing quote. Jan says she does not know what it means. I think it is like poetry, if you read it aloud a few times you absorb it, or is that an illusion? 

A photo of lovely Salvador' a interesting catoon character and a jar with fireflies, rather modern ones, from Kathy Barnett

Meeting at Cascadia during the visit of Vortice Argentina, card by Jack Lattemann


Colourful summer wishes from Carol Stetser

Brooke Cooks sent me a cool collage featuring a packet of Aubergine seeds.
My favourite vegetable!

From Debra an unusual and sofisticated image in relief.
It has no title but perhaps it is the Venus of Mail Art

Two postcards of superb images from Heide Monster
what does ot show here is the quality of the paper. Lovely to touch!


                   Elena Amette sent this pretty card. It reminds me of a lady who collected tea cups
                                and when visiting her you could choose the one you liked to use.                                                        

I had forgotten to post this funny poem by John Ciardi which Bonnidiva sent me

Bonniediva sent me a mini zine, which she rightly calls a bio zine.

It is a short autobiography, a fantastic idea full of wit that brings Bonnie nearer to us.
Continuing with my policy of not showing the full contents of books, so not to ruin
the surprise for those who also get a copy, here is the cover and one page.
The summery collage below has an intriguing caption;
I thought of chocolate but unscrewing chocolate?
Still when next I have a piece I shall see unicorns!

Beautiful Vera the Singing Cat, posing for Fleur Helsingor, who kindly shared this photo with us
and an elegant card made by Fleur with a photo she took of artwork on a window
while she was walking in downtown Oakland. Oakland is a very art conscious town, to be sure!

Claudia Garcia sent a super collection of art cards plus some origami
that reminds me of samurai outfits
and a beautiful poem in Spanish

From Katerina Nicoltsou, a collage full of fun and games, front and back.

(Something is wrong I cannot upload it! sorry)

and this intriguing card

Five cards from Peter Muller inspired by Japanese art I think. But only one uploaded!

Their theme is 'der tenno hat abgetank'
I can make out that something is overflowing but I do not know what 'tenno' means.
No  matter, the composition and the colours sing and what cannot be reproduced here is the soft texture of the paper. They have the quality of silkscreen printing.

Two cards full of angst, inspired and facilitated no doubt by recent events,
from the desk of Alan Turner, master of political collage.
Accurate interpretation of the feelings of many of us. 

An intriguing found picture from Ruth Giles. I have been trying to guess the place but no luck. 

On the reverse a fun collage built from comics.
I am partial to cartoons and all that, how did Ruth guessed?

Carol Stetser is back from a nice holiday and sat straight away to make these lovely cards. 
So nice of her!

From Cascadia, This postcard arrived here in the United Queendom of Retailia the first day of the official visit of certain individual the mere mention of whom revolts me. But there you are, we have to put up with him and pay an awful lot of money for the pleasure.

Thanks Jack, for the warning! I hope he does  not have one of these in his pocket 

And following it one of Ilya's postal stamp collages. As always beautifully balanced but expressing movement. This in particularly appeals to me. The empty centre draws me into another world. Very peaceful. Just what I need.


Katerina meets Judih Dagan in Thessaloniki and this is the result.
A fun filled collage with a sketch of fishes on the reverse.
I must take that invitation seriously, thank you. Owl see you there one sunny day.

The Front Door Gallery

The artwork received in May.

 A heartfelt thank you! to everybody that sent me such great art. 

Elena Amette sends flowers and butterflies in celebration of Spring! A collage over a page of print. I can make out  the words 'he' 'she' 'flowerpot' 'I leave you' 'two cups of water' and 'after taking off the rest of their clothes'. Oh so intriguing...particularly those two cups of water...

At last a rooster that has something original to say!
Tiny Whisk, a new friend! Thank  you! such a lovely surprise. 
Nice card and very beautiful rabbit

From Kerosene,  Un-collage of Charlotte Moss, a still life seen through a slatted window.

Also a funny found image which will come handy as a expression study for Ali Khat
and a mini card. Very cheerful!

A horoscope for a hen on a chair. I hope the hen  has looked under the chair.

(I am sorry, the scanner keeps cutting the image no matter what I try.)

Poultry and dog cards from Kathy Barnett too. Salvador has very appealing eyes.

Heide Monster sent an original view of interstellar travelling, in high relief!

Collage and Bon-Zine. The first of the series to complete my collection.
That is very thoughtful of BonnieDiva !

Historic Fikecard 

 Fikecards:  an interesting vegetable and a mathematical mesh. An image of the universe?

Pig on a weather vein from Idaho. 

Whimsical and delightful postcard. Thank you Debra!

And the bonus of a frog on the other side.

Claudio Romeo send this elaborated collage. Circles that dance, very happy circles and besides finally I have find out how to answer Janus call! (See further down,' Make a colour square dance')Thanks Claudio

 A whiff of vintage art escapes from Jean-Philippe Guillot's tactile collages, his sticker is the clue.
Merci, Jeanfi!

Peter Müller; many thanks for your refreshing art.

From Atte Ouri, all this treasure of Mail Art just for me

Fleur Helsingor takes amazing photos 

She spotted this beauty in a nearby garden two years ago.
At the moment the rose bush where it came from is only beginning to show buds. 

A startled cat from Momkat, Katerina Nicoltsou. 

Not easy to be a Mail Art cat, there are always surprises.

What with blue thunder falling on you without warning...

And an Easter message. No, it is not late.

In Greece Easter is a week later.

A card with a long interesting letter from my old friend, the poet Barry Edward Pilcher 

A big bundle came from Jack Lattemann. Here he is enjoying lunch  

Jack is taking delivery of a whole fleet of tracks and machinery to carry out more improvements in Cascadia

 Artistamps a beautiful sunset over Cascadia

Three postcards from Fike, beautiful fractal art.

Invitation from Janus

Sorry , Vermina got into the act. the rabbit is Janus's. And here it is , rat free:

And this strange and complex collage came from Ruth Giles. The yellow strands of wool were coloured with turmeric. Ruth experiments with natural dyes she makes. 

HeMi sent me a cheerful Spring message - received by email

Judy Skolnick's super photo with that Springtime feeling! - received by email

From Janus, a witty collage with an Easter flavour

Mickey mouse takes part in Carol Stetser's fine retro collages

Above as he used to be at the start of his career 
and below,as he looked later. 

Now showing on the Front Door Gallery

The artwork received in March.

 A heartfelt thank you! to everybody that sent me such great art. 

                       From Irene Ronchetti, mi amiga del alma, as we say in Argentina  

                                                        Two collages ( above)

and artistamps 

Heidi Monster

Heidi Monster's great uncle Robert Cadman, who fought for the freedom of Europe in the Great War and returned home.

A Good Egg by Bonniediva 

Bonniediva's very funny zine

Kathy Barnett's elegant ostrich and minicards

 Alan Turner's political statements 

 FinnBadger asked to cut the UK from the map he sent me and show how to solve the mess of Brexit.

Here is my answer on the day we were supposed to but are not leaving, yet, maybe, or ever.
What everybody has forgotten is that 'an Englishman needs time' much more the 650 men and women Members of Parliament in the House of Commons. 

Below the original invitation from FinnBadger

Ed Giesek

Fleur Helsingor

Ruth Giles

Thea Hollister

Judy Dagan

Katerina Nicoltsou

Jane Marlin

Phillip Lercher's New Year's card on a sheet of adorable bird stamps 

Melissa's superb Alice Zine and a photo in the park, while she naps, weather permitting. Great idea and beautiful park.

Kerosene decollaged card, like seeing a landscape through Venetian blinds and below a small mono-print, I guess. Makes a lovely book mark.

Carol Stetser trilogy of intricate collages on the subject of Ancestors. These are folded cards printed both sides.

Fikus processed photos in Deep Dream; self portrait, a lady's eye
and a algal mandala.


The Front Door Gallery has now the full February show on display. I took down the previous show and then got very busy and could not mount the next. So there was nothing on the door for a few days. Friends and trades people complained that they did not have anything to admire while waiting there! Thank you from all of us.

Jane Marlin's powerful mixed media art.

Collage by Bonniediva. Oh I would! 

And a page from her latest Bonzine, showing a MouMou. I used to make them. So easy, I may revive the fashion this Summer. 

From a new friend, Heide Monster, fantastic towns and buildings.

Fleur Helsingor's small cards and a tiny envelope with stickers that I shall put to good use.

From Kathy Barnett a card and an articulated Queen Cow in a cow decorated envelope

from Jan Hodgman a painted Valentine card

 Brook Cooks sent me a heart and a kiss for Valentine Day

Spring Bees from Elena Amette

Cascadia, I am happy to report, has reverted to normal weather.

From Peter Muller, Lost Places Poetry. And a warning: He tells me that Art is a false message. Well, well!

    Careful Alan, this may be labelled Fake Art by you know who!
     Another pointed political postcard from A Turner.

From 'Aura Portraits'  series by  Raj Verdi, ' designed to instil some warmth and good vibes in the viewer' 

Two sheets of stamps (folded) from Jack Lattemann - Ticket Ticket Boleto Boleto

Ed Giesek has made contact again after many years! In a decorated envelope there came two add and pass sheets and an ATC

From Katerina, not only a timely salutation for the First Day of the Year of the Pig, but also an early Valentine message on the envelope!

January 2019

The mail I have received during January is now displayed on my front door, for the delectation of all that come to call.

A big thank you to all that contributed! 

And these piggy envelopes are going out tomorrow.

Outgoing mail - January

Ilya Semenenko-Basin

Elena Amette

Kathy Barnett

Jean Phillipe Guillot



Vikki Johnson

T Ar Raden

Jimmy Connors

Katerina Nicoltsou

Ruth Giles

Peter Muller

Rare Earth

Lorella Castagnini

Fleur Helsingor

Kim Jung Youn

Katerina Nicoltsou

Ficus Strangulensis

Diane bertrand

Cascadia Artpost

David Staley Aponte

Barry Edgar Pilcher


Brooke Cooks

Carol Stetser

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Comment by Heide Monster on July 11, 2019 at 2:22pm

Brava MAM!

Comment by Ilya Semenenko-Bassin on June 4, 2019 at 9:20pm

Great collection! It is an honor for me to be in your collection. Thank you for the deep judgments about the Empty Center.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 3, 2019 at 4:35pm

Thanks for blogging, Martha!

Glad to see the collab with Judi arrived ok.

When I send in those magazine-page envelopes, one never knows

if the postal machine will "chew it up"!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 15, 2019 at 9:50am

Fun to see the "Front Door" mail art it!

Comment by FinnBadger on March 29, 2019 at 4:43pm

Thanks for playing along - I love what you created.

Comment by Mail Art Martha on March 25, 2019 at 6:31pm

I know Fleur, i am so lucky as almost everyday I get some fantastic mail. Yours is tops!

Comment by Fleur Helsingor on March 25, 2019 at 6:24pm

Hello Mail Art Martha! You've been receiving some wonderful mail art.

Cheers, Fleur

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 15, 2019 at 1:53pm

Great blog! And Ali Khat has arrived in Greece :-)

many thanks xxx

Comment by Ilya Semenenko-Bassin on February 3, 2019 at 11:32pm

I am very happy to be friends with you! 

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 1, 2019 at 9:04am

RayPigs for 2019 designed by Keith Bates...Pink fun! :-)



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