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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"
3 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome posted a blog post

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
4 hours ago
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.  "
8 hours ago
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Crystal Kayh's blog post Incoming mail alert!!! Received from the Sensational Susan Gnaedinger!
"That's COOL!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Crystal Kayh's blog post Incoming mail alert!!! Received from the Mythical Minneapolis Gnome
"Thanks, Crystal!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"AWESOME!  I'll email anyone I haven't heard back from to make sure it's ok with them before I make the video, plus we'll have to wait for all the pages to be returned, but I just think it's going to be a great way for…"
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Amy Kiessling commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"I love the video idea! Hopefully you will receive my pages soon, they mailed out on Tuesday 1/18. "
Saturday
Crystal Kayh commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"I am also admiring those Cascadia stamps..... <3"
Thursday
Crystal Kayh commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"This is outstanding, so far!  I am loving seeing all the pages.  I need to get to it this weekend for you (and all of us, too!!)  I think a video would be fantastic!!!"
Thursday
Carien van Hest commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"That seems like a great idea, MG."
Thursday
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"Thank YOU and all of the other artists for making this journal with me, Carien!  I wanted to see other artists take on this book SO MUCH and this project is fulfilling all of my geeky WTJ desires completely.  I love this project and had no…"
Thursday
Carien van Hest commented on Minneapolis Gnome's blog post Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!
"This Journal is great fun to read. Thank you for this inititive, MG!"
Thursday
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Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!

Within 24 hours of mailing his contribution to the Wreck This Journal collaborative art project from Washington, it arrived at the Gnome Home in Minneapolis!  Photos of the envelope and postmarks at the end of this blog should convince even the most suspicious minds that 24 hour delivery has indeed occurred!As you look at his first page, #37, I'd like everyone to notice…See More
Thursday
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Winter flowers from Helena Weiand
"What beautiful mail, I'm stunned that the wax seal made it through the mail - how cool!"
Jan 17
Minneapolis Gnome commented on Sil's photo
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"WOW!  That drawing is so amazing..."
Jan 15

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!

Minneapolis Gnome's Blog

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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Incoming from Cascadia Artpost! Smiles-Smirks

Posted on January 23, 2022 at 9:33pm 0 Comments

On January 17th Cascadia Artpost sent me a bright, happy yellow card, which arrived in only a couple days from Olympia, WA.  It contains this…

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Wreck This Journal (by US Postal Mail!) Project Contribution from Cascadia ArtPost!

Posted on January 20, 2022 at 2:30am 7 Comments

Within 24 hours of mailing his contribution to the Wreck This Journal collaborative art project from Washington, it arrived at the Gnome Home in Minneapolis!  Photos of the envelope and postmarks at the end of this blog should convince even the most suspicious minds that 24 hour delivery has indeed occurred!

As you look at his first…

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