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 12:11pm
Just you WAIT and see something!!!! Or - it will be waiting for you when you get back - YWN?? - If you add an a its actually quite harmless :-)))X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 12:09pm
T-OXIS. Central Command never approved it.
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 12:08pm
Text - its Text - thats about as T as it gets :-) X
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 12:07pm
It DID have instructions - see blog - even instructions NOT to pop in the setting up process :-) - T-Word - hhhmmm - I'm NOT convinced!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 12:06pm
I just realized Marie's work looks like tea bags, or T-Bags, or Trash Bags?
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 12:03pm
You said the "T" word first. I saw a tendency toward T-po in Marie's new work you posted. Did it come with a decoder ring? It looks like it did come with an instruction manual.
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 12:01pm
Marie I NEEEEEEED those photo's!!!! MAN - GORGEOUS (G) :-)!!!! The Crimson Giant - VERY fond memories!! I will have to find the trash twist ties pages - you know, having said that - I have to wonder who is ACTUALLY the Master Trashpo Puppeteer??? :-) X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 11:48am

One of my favs from Marie's "The Crimson Giant" chapter, blogged November 26, 2010

Comment by Marie Wintzer on September 30, 2011 at 11:37am

Petit CB is allowed some shameless self promotion? :-)) How nice, thank you Cheryl! Here it is:

Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 9:06am
Erni - I await with my usual amount of impatience - looking good - I wont let Simba near the parcel! LMF - LoL :-)) - DVS - we've clubbed together and upgraded you to a #64 - only good times ahead.  Petit  CB - where are the photo's?? For sure, I feel like this is going to be a good one :-) XX



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