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missing Elefantus!
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Today, 9th of January, he should have turned 66. Alas he passed away three years and two…Continue

Tags: ARTennius, Ennio, elephants, Elefantus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Jan 16, 2014.

Help asked: Mail art to keep the Museum Jan Cunen alive!?!
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Dear all!I wanted to ask you for a favour, or better said, ask all of you for Help!Recently I got the sad news that the Museum Jan Cunen in the Dutch city of Oss is threatened with shutting…Continue

Tags: art, mail, activist, action, museum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heleen de Vaan Aug 19, 2013.


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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
Nov 29
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"ORANGE umbrellas with snow in Hamburg!"
Nov 29
Heleen de Vaan replied to Rebekka Schmidt's discussion one page comic collab in the group Comics in mailart
"Thank you for creating this group and the wonderful idea! Maybe we could all make a start, each of us take one page, make 3 or 4 (up to for example 6) panels (frames) on it and send it to the next person who adds something (characters or speech…"
Nov 20
Heleen de Vaan commented on Bonniediva's event ABC BOOK
"My ‘A’ finally is ready, will put it into the mail on Monday"
Nov 17
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Haptic Erni in Hamburg
"That is a beautiful poem!"
Nov 16
Heleen de Vaan commented on Hélène LAGACHE's group Homage to Carlos BOTANA. XX/ 2022
"How sad that Carlos Botana passed away... When I think of Carlos' work, I think of sea and Sereas (mermaids). This mail he sent to me in 2011:"
Nov 14
Heleen de Vaan joined Hélène LAGACHE's group

Homage to Carlos BOTANA. XX/ 2022

Carlos BOTANA was a active IUOMA member and this group was made to share our thoughts and create a place to remember him.He died in Jun 25, 2022, after years of fighting cancer.He was a multidisciplinary artist: painting, drawing, engraving, photography, postal art, graphic design in advertising and journalism. He has participated in several group and individual exhibitions since the 1980s.See More
Nov 14
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"I just saw a message of Val in my email (not the IUOMA mailbox) about Manhole Cover day, and I think it a good idea! However, I cannot find the message to reply to - the link in the message in the email leads to this website and not to a…"
Nov 14
Heleen de Vaan commented on Rebekka Schmidt's group Comics in mailart
"Such a good idea, Rebekka! I love comics!! (and I love ligne claire drawings). So I would like to join :-) Though to some personal life tasks I am a rather slow responder at the moment (there are still people here at IUOMA to whom I owe one or more…"
Nov 14
Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
"Good that you say so, Katerina! For these two bananas it is too late, but I really appreciated their being: The latter accompanied me in this selfie (a bananaselfie?):"
Nov 14
Scott Kindberg commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"A torn corner of a postcard I made and sent to my friend Danielle, damaged in transit and returned to me in a "We Care" baggie, stapled to an index card. I have not opened it yet to see what the other side looks like, shown here set…"
Nov 13
Scott Kindberg joined Heleen de Vaan's group

We love those postal additions!

Some times mail art gets lost in the mail, and other times the mail company is so kind to add something to our mail art. Dynamic art, I love that!In this group you can post the postal additions to the mail art that you´ve sent or received. Additions by the mail companies which made you smile, touched you or whatever. Additions which are, in fact, part of the Mail Art!See More
Nov 9
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"From Dr. Zack...envelope with ORANGE : Ancient Greece and Circles!"
Nov 1
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"It's a day for ORANGE: (rubber stamp from Vizma in Australia)"
Oct 31
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Halloween ORANGE from Dr. Zack :-)"
Oct 31
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Here he comes:"
Oct 31

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Mail-Artist since:
2009 (and not aware being mailarting since 1979)
My Website (without http://):
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
Making illustrations is my life.
Furthermore: I like to see other people's creative outbursts, love to see creative additions to envelopes. I like stamps, like to communicate via art works, I'm fascinated by how snail mail works: put a stamp and address on an envelope and a whole system of people and transportation means is bringing that single envelope to wherever you want.
Count up all previous words and see: Mail Art is inevitable.

P.S. If you want to create and send me mail art about your favourite (weird or common) animal I will be most happy; I'll like to post it on my http://realweirdanimals.blogspot.com blog.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
Postbus 581
1180 AN Amstelveen

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What or whom is she staring at?

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 12:21am 141 Comments

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!

Diorama from Dean

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 12:30am 9 Comments

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…


Recycled (tissue box) Art by Dean

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 7:33pm 5 Comments

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:…


The Soccer Field AAP's

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 2:36pm 4 Comments

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…


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At 1:44pm on August 24, 2023, Kiki said…

Hello from Japan!

I already found someone to send the Add and Pass sheet but I would be happy to send you my mail art with hand-carved stamps. It would be great if we can exchange mail art :-)

At 12:54pm on July 23, 2023, Bonniediva said…

Hey Heleen,

Welcome to the ABC Book! You have letter A

To be clear: you create one page of anything starting with your letter. The size of your page doesn't matter. 

Then you send me your page and I add it to my ABC book.

Then I photograph/scan the page and post it online for all to enjoy.

Let me know if you have questions. Thanks so much! Bonnie

At 4:51pm on July 9, 2023, Mikel Untzilla said…

Thanks Heleen de Vaan

At 6:31am on June 12, 2023, Tomoe N said…

I was away from mail art but I started back from last month.

 I am organizing my old mail and found your mail. I like Kentridge’s works. Thank you. 
I will send you again when I am ready. 

At 1:13pm on January 18, 2023, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

Thank you, thank you, Heleen!

see the blog:

At 9:15am on November 28, 2022, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

'Love the OWL you sent, Heleen,

many thanks xxx

At 2:42pm on October 31, 2022, Valentine Mark Herman said…

Hi! There are too many Groups already! Why just one on bicycles, and not others on tandems, trycycles, ligfiels, omafiets, opafiets, red bikes, orange bikes, school bikes, etc? The tendency is to have more and more specialised themed Groups. And I for one, think that is not what Mail Art should be all about: 'Mail me something, anything; and I'll ùail you something back'. By post, of course-- and not the internet

At 6:31pm on January 1, 2022, Ilya Semenenko-Basin said…

Thank you and best wishes to you too, happy 2022!

At 6:13pm on October 19, 2021, Ptrzia (TICTAC) said…

hi Heleen...so nice to have mail from you!! Beautiful! Thank you!


At 9:41am on June 18, 2020, Mark Rossmiller, Ph.D. said…

Can you direct me to the guinea pigs?



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