RECEIVED: Sandpo Mail-Art and Fluxus Greece Stamps from Katerina Nikoltsou (Thessaloniki, Greece)


Mail-art by IUOMA member Katerina Nikoltsou (Thessaloniki Greece)


February 9, 2011 - Still wrapping up some notable pieces from 2010 ("The Year Fluxus Broke" according to Mudhead), here is a beautiful haptic piece from Katerina. The Haptic Front, vitalized by Bifidus Jones, is spreading like a mudslide (hey, it's late somewhere, okay?) making new shapes and forms. Katerina came up with the relatively genius idea of using sandpaper. What could be more tactile? I am exploring this territory myself with the requisite lowering of expectations and standards. We all like making up names. So I have decided to call this subgenre of haptic poetry sandpo: sandpaper poetry (this could be extended to poetry made out of sand or glass). Jim Leftwich has already taken trashpo (= trash poetry). I fear I will never be able to match it. Katerina's work is always SO welcome because the Fluxus Greece stamps are SO great:

Katerina was inspired by my choice of garnet as the mail-art color of the day some time back in December. Titles often do matter and "Location Uncertain" is a fine guiding concept. Like all excellent mail-artists, Katerina makes use of every bit of available space including the envelope. I always like hers:

And the usual suspects:

Many thanks, Katerina. I am hoping to soon receive your wonderful Project 26 chapter.

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 12, 2011 at 5:06am

Katerina, in a little less than 24 hours, sandpo has taken on a life of its own. You deserve most of the credit. I hope you continue the push with your sandpaper. Concretism, I believe, in no time will become obsolete. I can envision now some time in the future the publication of a 21-volume survey of the world's sandpo. Thus far, we have only scratched the surface. Surely several volumes will be dedicated to you.


Yes - I have been sharpening knives and scissors with sandpaper for years.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 11, 2011 at 8:08am

Sandpo? Sloan, you are a man of words! Αμμοποίηση...sand poetry, sounds nice in Greek, too. I used to do a lot of "painting with sand" for outdoor ed. art activity classes. (There is an abundance of sandy beaches here ;-) One technique was simply to draw with glue (Herr Haptic Erni's UHU glue)on heavy papers or cardboard and then sprinkle the sand on top. However, for art-in-the-mail, sand dusting off onto the postal clerk's desk was frowned upon, so, what a discovery was made at the hardware store!

Do you know that one method for sharpening your scissors is to cut sandpaper? Really...I googled it!

And now...back to doing more Sandpo!

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 11, 2011 at 2:31am

Call me Mr. Sand Man. Sandpo has a distinguished history. It was invented by William Blake in these lines:

To see a world in a grain of SAND

And heaven in a wild flower

To hold infinity in your hand

And eternity for an hour


Kids, Sandpo is the next BIG thing - bigger than its cousin Concrete Poetry. You can get in on the ground floor too. The offers are already pouring in.

Comment by Marie Wintzer on February 11, 2011 at 1:46am
I'm with Snooky on this one, Sandpo is a genius new word!



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