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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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Mail Art Martha commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"I love spell checkers, they are so creative. And so is Katerina, her new style in abstracts is superb."
12 minutes ago
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"* oranje mail, although the spell check made it ‘prangende mail’"
13 hours ago
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Thank you very much, Katerina, for your prangende mail!"
13 hours ago
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ashazart's group ADD & PASS
"By the way, I recently designed this stamp. I haven’t used it yet, but it might hand some clue to the recipient :-) "
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ashazart's group ADD & PASS
"Hello Bill, To my experience there are no rules nor any guidelines at all. Sometimes the one who started an A&P writes on the sheet ‘when full, return to .... (his or her address)’, and many times no such thing is written, so it…"
Norma Soulet commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Hi Jan, ORANGE you Lucky....LOL Something is heading your way. Left here today. Norma"
Aug 16
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Pam McVay
"Thank you very much, Pam, for your beautiful Owl! I've posted it in the zentangle-doodle group,  http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/zentangle-and-doodling. Due to some family circumstances I am very much behind in replying (so please…"
Aug 14
Heleen de Vaan commented on Prairie Kittin's group Zentangle and Doodling
"Beautiful Owl by Pam McVay. Thank you very much!!"
Aug 14
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group IUOMA membership Cards
"You had a good reason to look happy! Love that photo :-) I am amazed about the colours, it makes me think of the 60ies, early 70ies, but I think this membership card must be from the 80ies, is it?"
Aug 13
Mail Art Martha commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"What I wanted to say is that the orange artwork of Jan is amazing."
Aug 8
Mail Art Martha commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Oh again, no I have not! phew!"
Aug 8
Mail Art Martha commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"oh disaster! I clicked the wrong thingie and got myself out of the group!"
Aug 8
Norma Soulet commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Thanks Jan for the lovely Orange "Garden" postcard and for posting a photo. Norma"
Aug 8
Jan Hodgman commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Here's one I sent to Norma, who suggestd I post it, as her computer isn't handling photos these days. I entitled this "Garden" though it's not quite messy enough to repreent mine this seasosn!"
Aug 7
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"ORANGE quizzie sun from Theo Nelson:"
Aug 1
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ashazart's group ADD & PASS
"I'm a bit behind in my mail art, nevertheless I would like to receive one (or 2), Penny, to add to and return to Carolyn"
Jul 31

Profile Information

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 1:21am 138 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 4 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 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:…


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 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. :)

At 4:56pm on January 30, 2019, Ilya Semenenko-Bassin said…

Dear Heleen

Thank. Returning the collage to Moscow would have had meaning if there was still free space on the paper sheet. I could complete the collage and send it to Brazil.

Or do you fill in the sheet yourself with signs?

At 4:16pm on January 28, 2019, Norma Soulet said…

Hi Heleen,

Yes, please send me the Add N' Pass.



At 3:37pm on January 7, 2019, Ilya Semenenko-Bassin said…

Hello Heleen

I send you a collage in the framework of the program ADD & PASS. Please add and send on.

With good wishes in the new year,

At 1:08pm on November 30, 2018, Bill Porter said…

Heleen,  Glad that you'd like to work on a "trees" A&P, it will be on it's way to you shortly. Thank you!  ~Bill @ The Olathe Poste

At 5:29pm on November 21, 2018, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

What a nice friendly owl!

'love it! Many thanks xxx

At 9:50pm on November 4, 2018, xx Jones said…

Hi Helen, thank you, I am glad you got my mail and liked it! 

Oh, it would be great to get a cow sometime, but no rush ...

I've been very slow myself!

At 5:30pm on April 1, 2018, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

HAPPY EASTER, to you and  the family, Heleen!

glad my goodies arrived on time!




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