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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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Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
"Wow, Katerina, a beautiful photo! Happy World Banana Day, too! (here some Aigenerated/Heleeninvented bananas for you and all:)"
Amber DiGerlando joined Heleen de Vaan's group

Orange lovers

When I was preparing this mail to send to two Orange lovers, I found out that there still is no IUOMA-group for Orange lovers.So here it is! If Orange is your favourite colour, and if you want to share Orange mail with the world: join!(by the way, my favourite colour is Turquoise...)BewarenSee More
Feb 11
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Jan 28
Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)
"Thank you, Katerina! ("the older the wiser" - so I'm finally getting wiser!?! :-) )"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"USA postal experts please tell me, what went wrong? I do not love these postal additions from USPS. :-( The addresses are printed correctly, but maybe the postal machine read the back side with the sparkle washi tape and rubber stampings and did…"
Jan 17
Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Heleen de Vaan's group We love those postal additions!
"Holiday mail art returned! Why??? USPS NIXIE stickers i do not love these postal additions :-("
Jan 17
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Jan 16
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cafe
"Sweet donuts to accompany the coffee, and an orange :-) Thank you, cheers, Katerina!"
Jan 8
Paulo Alexandre Rocha Teles 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
Jan 3
Mail Art Martha left a comment for Heleen de Vaan
"Thank you Heleen for your mail that arrived today. Ali is delighted, so happy with his portrait!"
Dec 18, 2023
Heleen de Vaan commented on Michael Leigh's group DALL.E 2 (Formerly Craiyon and Dall.E Mini )
"Thank you, Bradford!"
Dec 13, 2023
Heleen de Vaan commented on Michael Leigh's group DALL.E 2 (Formerly Craiyon and Dall.E Mini )
"To my surprise DALL.E 3 is easily accessible for analogue mail artists like me... In the bing search machine I came across this bing.com image creator. Of course one of my first attempt was the prompt 'cavia mail art in dada stijl collage'…"
Dec 13, 2023
Heleen de Vaan joined Michael Leigh's group

DALL.E 2 (Formerly Craiyon and Dall.E Mini )

Just a space to put your DALL.E and Craiyon concoctions.See More
Dec 13, 2023

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. Love rubberstamps, coloured pencils, watercolour, black fineliners.
And how great to see other people's creative outbursts, creative additions to envelopes. Including those by the postal services (even a pen cancellation can have it's charms). I love the small pictures stamps show. And like to communicate via art works. And isn't it fascinating how snail mail works? We put a stamp and address on an envelope and a whole system of people and transportation means is bringing that single envelope to other places.
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 2:47pm on January 21, 2024, Mikel Untzilla said…

At 9:24am on January 21, 2024, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

At 4:38pm on December 18, 2023, Mail Art Martha said…

Thank you Heleen for your mail that arrived today. Ali is delighted, so happy with his portrait!

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



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