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missing Elefantus!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Jan 16, 2014. 3 Replies

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

Tags: ARTennius, Ennio, elephants, Elefantus

Help asked: Mail art to keep the Museum Jan Cunen alive!?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heleen de Vaan Aug 19, 2013. 12 Replies

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

 

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Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Breda, the Netherlands (similar cover, in different light)"
Thursday
Darja Mrdjen joined Heleen de Vaan's group
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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
Thursday
Heleen de Vaan replied to Maxima Strange's discussion Miss Maxima’s Goth Emporium in the group Mail-Art Projects List
"Mail from the Netherlands started its journey to you today "
Aug 8
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Haptic Erni in Hamburg
"Love those postal photos, thank you for sharing, Katerina and Erni! Nice to see Edmund again, too :-) And happy belated birthday to Erni!"
Aug 5
Josh Porter joined Heleen de Vaan's group
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Barcode Mail Art

Barcodes. They are everywhere, but surprisingly not used that often in mail art. When I received this piece of Barcode mail art (named 'Variation on a barcode Op. 99') thanks to Dean, Artist in Seine, I wanted to post it in the IUOMA Barcode Mail Art group. However... I couldn't find any Barcode group!.. That's why and how this group started here.You can post your received or sent Barcode…See More
Jul 22
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Manhole covers in Zürich, Switzerland:"
Jul 6
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Two more in Amsterdam:  (‘Vuil water’ means ‘dirty water’)"
Jul 6
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"Two in Amsterdam:"
Jul 6
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Not as boring (look at those footsteps! The rich green forest! The crystal blue sea!) as these Dutch stamps which more or less look like this boring postcard..."
Jun 23
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Haptic Erni in Hamburg
"Happy belated Solstice, happy summer to all of you! Beautiful illustration, Mail Art Martha! And/but the latest photo makes me worry a lot!... If my knowledge of German language is well enough, I read 'I already have sometimes the feeling…"
Jun 23
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Ask Anything
"The amount of stickers to send is 150. Usually I send him an original stamp design, a black and white drawing (postcard sized)."
Jun 14
Heleen de Vaan joined Devin S. Turk's group
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Tiny Art

This is a group for mail artists who share an affinity for tiny art!  Original tiny art is a unique subset of artistry because it's often more accessible, more easily circulated through postal services, and cheaper to create than larger works."Tiny" is a subjective and not rooted in specific measurements, but let's go with "fits in the palm of my hand" as a general guideline.Paintings, prints, sculptures, doodles...etc.  If it's tiny mail art, you should share it here! See More
Jun 13
Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Haptic Erni in Hamburg
"Brave Erni and brave people sitting in the grass. There are goose families around here, too, and when I approach the young geese this close, the parents run to me with stretched neck to attack me (or in fact: to defend their chickens) I dare not…"
Jun 10
Heleen de Vaan commented on karuniko's group blue roads
"Blue sea-roads, beautiful Blue Mail Art Wave by Katerina:"
Jun 9
Emma Graney joined Heleen de Vaan's group
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Hannah Höch (fan club)

Some mail artists add a stamp print to their mail art, saying 'Hannah Hoch Fan Club'.Until I received these stamp prints I never had heard of this artist, who was born 1st of November 1889. She has been a collage / photomontage pioneer. She was part of the Dada movement and also became involved in the De Stijl art movement. For anyone who has a Hannah Höch Fan Club Stamp (and interested…See More
Jun 3
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"United States Postal Service USPS takes "care" :-)"
May 28

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
2009 (and not aware being mailarting since 1979)
My Website (without http://):
http://heleendevaan.blogspot.com
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
Nederland

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What or whom is she staring at?

Posted on January 3, 2018 at 1:21am 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 1:30am 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…

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Recycled (tissue box) Art by Dean

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 8:33pm 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:…

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The Soccer Field AAP's

Posted on October 24, 2015 at 3:36pm 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 7:31pm on January 1, 2022, Ilya Semenenko-Basin said…

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

At 7:13pm on October 19, 2021, Ptrzia (TICTAC) said…

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

https://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blogs/from-heleen-de-vaan-1

At 6:56pm on July 28, 2021, Luís Filipe Gomes said…

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Heleen de Vaan wave.

-Dear Heleen it arrived today, I hope the water level is lower, and everything getting better and safer. I accept your staring challenge.

At 10:41am on June 18, 2020, Mark Rossmiller, Ph.D. said…

Can you direct me to the guinea pigs?

At 4:40pm on June 4, 2020, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

Bananas...on Onion Rings are blogged :-)

Thank you, Heleen xxx

At 6:05pm on February 11, 2020, Carien van Hest said…

Dank je wel, Heleen! 

At 11:30pm on September 24, 2019, Mary Anne said…

an envelope for Hannah's Birthday Box posted to Heleen today but it was severely 'labelled' by the P.O. clerk so heaven knows when it will arrive . . .

At 8:06am on May 14, 2019, Lorella said…

Thanks for your help Heleen .

At 12:40pm on February 21, 2019, Bill Porter said…

Hi Heleen, thanks for letting me know about the A&P. To answer your question, send it on to whomever you like.  ~Bill@The Olathe Poste

At 9:49pm on February 7, 2019, Eduardo Cardoso said…

Hello Heleen. My profile is up to date. The address I have there is the current one. See you in the mail. :)

 
 
 

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