As a few of my friends have been reminding me, this month is one year of IUOMA contact for me. Serendipity came to the celebrations.  You’ll see why.  The first piece of mail I ever received was from Jen Staggs.  I received her Plagiarist pages two weeks ago – Jen has been weighed under her own studies, but took the time to send the pages back.


Bifidus sent me the second piece of mail art I had ever received from an IUOMA member  -  again without me asking.  It was contribution to The World is a Town – in fact it’s the image which begins my photo album of that project – which is STILL ON THE GO!!! Does the World have a Backbone? That’s what I called it – Bifidus never disagreed – or – come to think of it agreed :-) - and on Monday I received Methuselah’s Mixture.  Is Bifidus asking why we grow old? I never know – once I saw backwards writing that I could read in the mirror  on one of his postcards – he said I was basically mad and seeing things - so now I just enjoy and keep my runaway thoughts to myself.  Bifidus I STILL have not forgotten that NO-ONE cracked the code to the Crimson Giant and The Tower of Babel??? Thank you Haptic Boss.

De Villo I ‘met’ soon too – his buttons and  found materials arrived on Tuesday.  This is his very  curiously interesting contribution for the Asemics 16 project.  Asemiotics.  DVS -  newmade vocabulary – all the po’s you invented and the blue shirt that disappeared – did you steal the buttons from there?? 

I am VERY curious about peoples choice in trashpo – its actually quite revealing! Thanks for all the collaborative things we’ve managed DVS – and MOSTLY we’ve managed to keep our sense of humour! 


From LMF - Another Tuesday arrival - many thanks for the YEARS we have been sending each other mail - for all the projects you've contributed too, for enabling the SA MAil ARt School and for contributing HEAVILY to my diary books - they're a big part of my exhibition motivation - how can the committee say no to this!!!????

Angi Cope I met very soon too – and I have learnt over my time at IUOMA that Heart DEFINITELY Matters to Angi. 

She is a constant on IUOMA – Snooky too of course! Angi sent me TWO Heart Matters. The first questions Heart Matters as related to being homesick.  This one made me sad for some reason.

The second – pink and blue for girls and boys – mapping the territory of the heart.

Inside is a ATC of the Letter Guy and she sent a warm embrace in glittery ribbon – A FAB Angie – thank you :-) XX

Karen Champlin was also DEFINITLEY one of my first round of friends and yesterday – another FAB arrived. KC has an inimitable style, recognizable STRAIGHT away.  It is SO GREAT that your work made it to my September party – I mean, how serendipitous is that?? Many many thanks for your work – SO great to see you in the mail again.

We are all aware of whats involved once you're taken up with this mistress...

Marie has become a fast friend and she sent ANOTHER World is a Town Contribution arrived today - this is HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!   It’s a COMPLEX CRITTER! It came in its own box

– with instructions – you’ll see why –

O, she knows me well :-))

and Sweet Pea – place some pics here please – I know your photographs will be enviable! It's a conceptual representation of the physical-ness of a palimpsest, where the text is raised, not lying FLAT on the surface. 

Each piece of text is bound together by thought threads. MAN!!! It’s a FAB too :-) X - no, I didn’t POP!


Today – ZALOPA arrived – Ruud said it was a small variation of ZALOP – maybe a verb? Yes, but I’m a busy entomologist (?) with a full platter right now – so I must take time to do this justice – Many thanks Ruud for your constant support,  calm interaction and making this a wonderful platform for all us madly swopping artists. 

Erni – I had to squeeze him in here, even though I have not got mail this week – he was also a firm new friend – I don’t know if you can see the glitter? Do you remember those images of trees in the snow you sent Erni? They are imprinted in my memory.


So, many thanks to friends new - and old - you know what I mean by old - its been a WOW year!! :-) XXXXXX



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Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 6:33pm
:-))) - I'm LAUGHING Erni - you STILL get the biggest gold stars :-)))!!! - so you still like this??? IT was moved to The World is a Town Project - it asked very nicely - and you said yes too :-) X
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 6:21pm

Erni's first submission - NOT that I was AT ALL unhappy - I got to get TWO FABS!!! :-) X


Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 4:44pm
Erni's chapter was a fav of mine. AND he had to redo the whole thing because he originally did it in a different page size? I also think Erni had a narrative in the chapter - unlike him to tell a story in collage work I think - but it was indeed a complex story. The discussions rivaled even the Asemics 16 ether, as I recall. How has Bifidus managed to keep Haptic Poetry so simple?
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 4:43pm
Erni - do you remember the first piece you did that was too big? This and that have to be two of my favorites - I will post a pic! Give 'er a bird then! ;-) X
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 4:17pm
:-))) - want to take this to the Plagiarist Committee you two?? - Its VERY PC. Did the Theatre of Cruelty come AFTER the slashed pages??  No, I think you were the first there - when we dig you seem to be The One of Firsts!! TOOF for short? I don't think we even need mail for the "Tantrum Drama" performances... :-) X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 3:26pm
And if you'll recall I seriously injured myself making those holes; that's why they came with bandages. Wait! You stole my bandage idea too!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 3:24pm
It didn't stop you from putting out your own line of holes. In fact, these days you get credit for the holes, not me.
Comment by Marie Wintzer on September 30, 2011 at 2:17pm

Those put-your-fingers-in-it-holes were pretty trashy, come to think of it!

Ah, the Crimson Giant, I have Incontinent Nostalgia now. Best project ever. Back in the days I didn't have all those book covers and had to send out sad photocopies. It would be different now.

Cheryl , I don't know how you managed not to POP with that thing! I popped several times.

Tea bags :-))))) It's french newspaper (you're right, trashbags, in other words).

Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 1:22pm
I love Erni's. Was not Trashpo! Was the beginning of the "Tantrum-Drama" performance series, which includes the pages you sent me with the knife slashes = Artaud = Theater of Cruelty for sure.
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 12:31pm

Marie's pages were the beginning of old book cover search - too beautiful! Thanks for posting - but back to the questions at hand: 

The Fluxus Trash Performance

The unsolved Riddle

The Wise Bird from Erni - what did he ask?



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