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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Richard BAUDET's photo
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View of PRAGUES !

"Richard:  I guess we'll just have to pull out our pencils, pens and watercolors and start practicing!"
13 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Thank you for the mail, Richard Canard! 37 Year Old Re-mailed Envelope!
"Bradford, thanks for the info on the sorting center!  I adore dip and fountain pens as well!"
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Bradford commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Thank you for the mail, Richard Canard! 37 Year Old Re-mailed Envelope!
"The St. Louis spray-on postmark/cancellation is where the regional sorting center is located.  With Carbondale being 100 miles from St. Louis, it makes sense that this is the closest clearing house for postal service. On another note, I love…"
13 hours ago
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Thank you for the mail, Richard Canard! 37 Year Old Re-mailed Envelope!

Okay, I don't know how Richard Canard keeps his files, but it's apparently 'very well'. He mailed an envelope to me which was originally mailed to him from Minneapolis in 1985! The proof is in the cancellation stamp from the post office.  Originally sent from somewhere called "The Raven Gallery" in Minneapolis, Richard has returned it to Minneapolis 37 years later. To…See More
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Kathy Barnett's photo
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From Ed Giecek

"I love seeing Ed's lino carvings / stamps of antique vehicles on IUOMA."
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Kathy Barnett's photo
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Lisa Lisa's photo
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3-D Spider Buddy

"The realism is amazing!"
16 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Richard BAUDET's photo
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"This is a type of art I want to learn to do some day - these thin black ink lines showing a town and landscape, the watercolor, it's just so beautiful.  I admire this so much!"
16 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Kathy Barnett's photo
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From Heide Monster

"WOW!  This is gorgeous!"
16 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Mikel Untzilla's photo
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Antonia Mayol Castelló 220128-3

"That's a very classy lino-cut / rubber cut, I'm impressed, nice job!"
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Minneapolis Gnome posted a blog post

Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Carien van Hest!

All the way from The Netherlands, Carien van Hest's artistic contribution to the "Wreck This Journal (By US Postal Mail!)" project has arrived SAFE AND SOUND from across the ocean!All the worries we harbored that the mail wouldn't make it have been blissfully dispelled! Her contributions to this collaborative art project, shown here on pages 103 - 108, are bright,…See More
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Gwendolynium commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Thank you for the mail, Gwendolynium!
"Don't spend it all in one place...  ;-D"
Tuesday
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Thank you for the mail, Gwendolynium!

Look what I got!  I LOVE IT!  It's getting mounted on my wall somewhere in my home, which is where I spend the vast majority of my time since early 2000, so I can see it a LOT.Gwendolynium from MA sent me "Audax - 2022", and I agree that the title should probably be "What the Actual Fuck?".  I had admired this piece aloud here on IUOMA and we became friends over it.  Now…See More
Tuesday
Amy Kiessling commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Amy Kiessling!
"Thank you for posting MG! It was so fun to see the pages on here and I loved reading your great commentary.  "
Monday
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Crystal Kayh's blog post Incoming mail alert!!! Received from the Sensational Susan Gnaedinger!
"That's COOL!"
Sunday
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Crystal Kayh's blog post Incoming mail alert!!! Received from the Mythical Minneapolis Gnome
"Thanks, Crystal!"
Sunday

Profile Information

Mail-Artist since:
February 2014
My Website (without http://):
http://www.geocities.ws/gnome_reserve/GnomeHome.html
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
[UPDATE as of December 2019: (Then Revised December 2021)
I have SUCKED at mail arting for the past 4 to 5 years. I haven't been able to make it, send it, open it, post pictures or blogs about it, respond to it...life has changed significantly. I'm clearly unable to get back on a steady roll. I'm popping in and doing a Wreck this Journal (by US Postal MAIL!) art project right now, which is the only mail art I can commit to - but it's REALLY FUN AND COOL.]

What my bio USED TO SAY prior to 2019:
I like art, that of others and also making it. It's hard for me to make anything without knowing that it will have a place to go, so mail art motivates me by giving me a project with a purpose. Getting surprises in the mail ain't too shabby of a benefit, either.

When I started in mail art I made a lot of carefully cut collage postcards, which was fun, helped loosen me up and build my confidence. I now enjoy making and receiving original hand drawn or hand painted art, fun little doodles, sketches, drawings that take longer to complete, copies of zines, hand carved rubber stamp prints and lino / wood block prints.

Please don't be shy, I don't think you have to consider yourself "good" at drawing / painting or have ever even spent a lot of time practicing in order to doodle out and color a postcard that will delight me. My heart sings when I see people’s free hand drawings / paintings / carves, they are wonderful eye candy to me.

My mail art is often light hearted or whimsical, I hope to bring a smile and positive feelings to the recipient and also to focus my own mind in a happy direction while I create. I sometimes let myself make political or societal statements with mail art as well, though I walk a fine line trying not to bum the recipient out without offering some type of solution or hope in how we can make the world a better place.
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
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ANOTHER CRAPPY MINI-ZINE:

[UPDATE DECEMBER 2019:  I bought myself a newer used scanner/copier/printer for my birthday.  Now that I have one that works properly, I'm excited to send back issues 1-9 and current issue #10 around to people.  Let me know if you'd like copies!  Since I'm currently a non-reliable mail artist who just went through 2-3 years of flitting in and out of mail art existence with barely any explanation whatsoever, I'm happy to send them out as "Guilt Free Mail - No Reply Expected".]

In August 2014 I made #6 of a mini-zine called "Another Crappy Mini-Zine".  These are printed on reused paper in black and white using my home laser printer, then individually hand colored.  The 8 page folded mini-zines usually have an easter egg which can be found by unfolding them and looking at the "unprinted" side.  I've done issues on: How cold it is in my office, how to leave an efficient voice mail, weird tidbits on raising chickens, a fan - zine of Scott drawing birds and a couple others.    

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At 9:20am on December 23, 2021, Sabela Baña said…

Yes.Merry Christmas

At 12:04pm on March 16, 2020, Sabrina S said…

Hi Gnome, I wanted to send you a surprise Mail Art but then I found out: there is no address! Noooooooo! If you want something pls let me know your address. :)

At 4:25am on February 12, 2020, SaraMarie Bottaro said…

It would be wonderful to swap zines with you!

At 3:31am on February 9, 2020, Jayne Barket Lyons said…

Hi neighbor! Love, love, love the zines, zines, zines! Thanks so much! Read about it here!

At 8:43am on December 25, 2019, Sabela Baña said…

Yes, The picture is very nice.

At 10:40pm on August 14, 2019, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

My dear Gnome, do you still walk among us? I miss you.

At 6:54pm on April 25, 2018, Norma Soulet said…

Hi Minneapolis Gnome,

Something went out in today's mail for you.

Be on the lookout! LOL

At 10:23pm on March 24, 2018, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Esteemed Gnome, in spite of your warning, I opened the mail. Perhaps this was because you warning was INSIDE the mail. Oh well, I seem to have survived but there is now a giant woolyworm creeping around my house. He seems rather starry-eyed. Maybe he thinks he's made it to Hollywood instead of plain old Oregon. I LOVE HIM, and your delightful letter, even though it has woolyworm poop on it. Thanks for attempting to save me from this menace!

At 11:11pm on March 17, 2018, Jayne Barket Lyons said…

Hi Gnome! Just sent a friend request. I have mail art friends from afar, and thought it would be neat to have one near - and since we're practically neighbors (I'm in Lakeville). Hoping we can swap mail art! 

At 6:00am on November 17, 2017, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…
YES! I've heard the Gnome is BACK!!!! Prepare to receive some mail art!

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Thank you for the mail, Richard Canard! 37 Year Old Re-mailed Envelope!

Posted on January 28, 2022 at 6:46pm 2 Comments

Okay, I don't know how Richard Canard keeps his files, but it's apparently 'very well'. 

He mailed an envelope to me which was originally mailed to him from Minneapolis in 1985! The proof is in the cancellation stamp from the post office.  Originally sent from somewhere called "The Raven Gallery" in Minneapolis, Richard has returned it to…

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Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Carien van Hest!

Posted on January 26, 2022 at 7:28pm 0 Comments

All the way from The Netherlands, Carien van Hest's artistic contribution to the "Wreck This Journal (By US Postal Mail!)" project has arrived SAFE AND SOUND from across the ocean!

All the worries we harbored that the mail wouldn't make it have been blissfully dispelled! 

Her contributions to this…

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Thank you for the mail, Gwendolynium!

Posted on January 25, 2022 at 2:17am 2 Comments

Look what I got!  I LOVE IT!  It's getting mounted on my wall somewhere in my home, which is where I spend the vast majority of my time since early 2000, so I can see it a LOT.

Gwendolynium from MA sent me "Audax - 2022", and I agree that the title should probably be "What the Actual Fuck?".  I had admired this piece aloud here on IUOMA and we…

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Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Amy Kiessling!

Posted on January 23, 2022 at 11:02pm 1 Comment

Amy Kiessling's contribution to the Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) arrived this week and it's wild, energetic, bright, creative and cool!

On page 50 she uses staples, string, 4 colors of washi tape, tiny golden arrow tape, domestic mail labels with thick black marker graffiti, a hole punch and (hand carved?) rubber stamps of a spiral,…

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