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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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Chorianopoulou Maria commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"I am in the list... Just in case you have not my adress is... Maria Chorianopoulou  Vriandos 33  11364 Athens - Greece HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH!!!"
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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
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Hannah Hoch birthday box little "presents" have been sent out from Greece as of yesterday, Monday.  And FIRST arrival "present" came today in the mail from Cascadia ArtPost! I have a nice box ready and all will be opened on…"
15 hours ago
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"The first four 'presents' have arrived. Treasure after treasure. I have found an old box that will do as a temporary home and already it is looking better than good . . . Off to the postbox again in a moment . . . Keep up the good work…"
22 hours ago
Ruud Janssen commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"Could we get such a stamp from the postal office ourselves?"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Acrylic paiting with subtile orange slices, made by Ruud Janssen (thank you!)."
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"Ruud suggested me not to add to his mail art but to just enjoy. However, PostNL couldn't resist to add a 'Frankering Gecontroleerd' ('postage checked') stamp!  :-)"
Heleen de Vaan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"HH-b-day mail art arrived safely in the Netherlands! Thank you, Cascadia Artpost, Charlotte and ..... ....! (from the UK, have to open the envelope to know who of you sent it, but I will open it not before 1st of November :-) )"
Jan Hodgman commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Orange lovers
"Such a cheery Halloween tag from Marlies, thanks!"
Jayne Barket Lyons commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Carmen Kennedy - thanks for the warm welcome! I'm excited about participating!"
Michael Leigh commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Another Hannah H. inspired collage from the archives -"
Judith Dagan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Mary Anne.  Got it. Check. You're the best. ♤♡♢♧ Judi "
Judith Dagan commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Mary Anne, i see the list down below but my name is not on it. Please add it. Today I sent out 10 H.H. birthday cards . Created 4 more which will go out on Sunday. Do you have the adressed of all the participants? I didn't find several of them.…"
Mary Anne commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"I am still managing to keep up with the participants list so if anyone needs names or addresses just ask.  There may still be people who just send thing without 'signing up'. so you should allow for surprises and last minute…"
Charlotte Geister commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"AND : fat envelopes by Carmen and Cascadia artpost arrived! I HAD to open them ( weather is frightful) and the stamps are really fabulous and the collage of Carmen is wonderful. I think of installing a little birthday shrine with these wonderful…"
Charlotte Geister commented on Heleen de Vaan's group Hannah Höch (fan club)
"Hi birthday party, I have been away for 3 days and now there are really a lot of people more on the list! Thank you Mary Anne for adding the list to the HH fan club! There are some participants, that I cannot find in IUOMA and their addresses are…"

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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 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 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. :)

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!




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