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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian C Dengler Sep 27, 2014. 17 Replies

It seems to be, ie the bigger the canvas the 'better' it is perceived to be, the more likely it is to be in important (museum) collections, the more money it will get at auctions, the more fame will…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Gü Jun 17, 2014. 4 Replies

TODAY'S THE DAY!16 June, 2014, is going to  be celebrated by Vinyl Artists everwhere.For more…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Prairie Kittin Oct 22, 2014. 14 Replies

The following story appeared in today's UK "Daily Telegraph":COCK-A- DOODLE OOH.... A MAN WHO SUFFERED FOR HIS ARTA South African performance artist who tied a live rooster to his penis during an…Continue

New VINYL ART Group!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Jan 31, 2015. 20 Replies

Would you like to join me in a new Group called 'VINYL ART'?I suspect that many of you, like me, have somewhere in your house/garage/attic a collection of old Vinyl records that you have probably not…Continue


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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Olena Spicer's blog post Tail-Mail from France (Valentine Mark Herman)
"Thanks, Olena! Eithre: *  I have a great sense of humour  (with a 'u'!). * Or I am mad. * Or both. * Or neither."
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"Hello Bradford. The pistol belongs to a friend, and used to belong to his father. Next time I see him, I'll get more info about it. He also has a few rifles and some swords, see below. This part of France has lots of hunters -- mostly for boars…"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group Group for Cat-Lovers
"meow...beautiful BLUE butterflies with CAT, from Sabela in Spain. Gracias!"
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Bradford commented on Valentine Mark Herman's photo


"So, is that an 1851 Colt Navy .44 (replica) you're sportin'?  Where do y'all get black powder handguns in France?"
Jennifer Wallace commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"To resuscitate the Postal History Boutique, I think, needs input from a few people with way more knowledge and experience in all this than I have!"
Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"I'll try again Mary J; First way to about things: look at the 'New to IUOMA' section, 3rd from the left, at the top at the IUOMA introductory page, and follow the advice there. Second way to about things: get hold of a Boring…"
Mary J. Grellner commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"This does not tell me how to get started...need advice. Thanks"
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Boring (and armed) Postcard Criminal
Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Hello Jennifer! Or shall I call you Jen? Or Jenny? Do you know the Paul Simon song, 'You can call me Al'? Some of the lyrics go: "If you'll be my bodyguardI can be your long lost palI can call you BettyAnd Betty, when you call…"
Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Hi Heleen! Bray is inspirational. As is Mr Tingey. Thanks for the van Gogh link. His illustrated enevlopes are new to me, and interesting. I'm not able to add to my Boring postcard collection these days, as all the vide greniers,…"
Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Welcome to the Group, Mary J! How to get started? Go to the very last page (no 27) of the Group, and read the very first piece I posted when I set up the Group. Then look at pages 22-6 to see how it all developed. If you have time, look at the other…"
Mary J. Grellner commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"I'm ready to mail and receive boring postcards; will someone just tell me how to get started?  Thanks"
Mary J. Grellner commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"I would like to participate in Boring do I start?"
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This Group celebtrates Boring, ordinary, dull, commercial Postcards that feature aspects of our everyday life – such as streets, roads, houses -- and are, in a strange way, interesting because they are so uninteresting. Join in and share your Postcards of our Boring world.See More
Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"I think W. Reginald Bray a great mail artist. John Tingey’s book ‘The Englishman who posted himself’ (he did!) gives a wonderful overview of his postal investigations. Thank you for sharing those great pictures, also the older…"

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Mail-Artist since:
1952 (when I sent a "Thankyou for my Birthday Present' to my Grandma, and illustrated it with a little drawing). Since then my Mail Art history has been, well, interesting
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PORTRAIT OF MARY -- an add-and-pass project inspired by Yoko Ono that needs a Mary to get it started

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 4:50am 6 Comments

Yoko Ono was a supporter, but declined to bcome a member, of the early Fluxus movement. She embraced various dAdA ideas.

Her seminal book Grapefruit (1962) contained many references to the use of the mail to advance conceptual art, including the 'Portrait of Mary' below.

There are 28 'Mary's' currently members of IUOMA (including variations on the name…



Posted on March 28, 2020 at 4:03pm 0 Comments


Please look at the Arty Slide International Group which I started in 2012. It was as Mini as I could think of then. We held 2 good Slide Art exhibitions in France. I still have the Arty Slides (somewhere!) that IUOMA colleagues contributed. Bianca has died, alas. I have gained a Stidio and moved to bigger bits of art.

Here is the text that started it all:…



Posted on March 19, 2020 at 5:03pm 28 Comments

I wonder what is happening to your national mail system?

In my small village in the South of France, there is sporadic delivery of mail. The local Post Office is closed, and people are directed to one about 10 miles away -- but there is a 'lockdown' on almost all travel, and it's far from clear that a trip to this Post Office to send off some Mail Art would be accepted by the authorities (and, if not, would result in a €135/$150 fine).

The only shop that sells stamps in the…


Neil Innes, RIP. Doo-Dah and Dada

Posted on January 2, 2020 at 6:35pm 1 Comment

Neil Innes died just before Christmas.

He wrote the music and many of the lyrics for the Monty Python TV series and films.

He also played in a number of groups, one of which -- a group of art school students -- was the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (which I remember seeing in a three-quarters empty Civi Theatre in Darlington, England, in the 1960's).

The Band was originally called the Bonzo Dog Dada Band, but no one got the reference to Dada, so it was renamed the Bonzo Dog…


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At 3:04am on May 24, 2020, Carmela Rizzuto said…


Samantha was an IUOMA member who died April, 20th. Read her profile story

A number of members corresponded with her. Her personal story and mail art creativity are inspiring.

At 2:56am on May 22, 2020, Jenn Miltenberger said…

To answer your question, I friend those who I plan to send mail to ;)

At 9:21am on February 14, 2020, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

At 9:19am on February 14, 2020, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

To my dear VALENTINE:

At 11:18pm on December 6, 2019, Jennifer Wallace said…

What's also odd about the Amsterdam church postcard is that I bought it when I was visiting!

At 9:55pm on October 15, 2019, Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) said…

At 6:40pm on January 14, 2019, Suus in Mokum said…

Nearly 3000 photo's. Are you still active in Sigean cultural live?

At 4:49pm on December 3, 2018, Cody Whitby said…

hi VMH, i saw your vinyl art group which i am interested in. it only seemed right (to me) to add you also as a friend. will have the $5000 fee in the mail shortly 

At 1:42pm on November 24, 2018, Ficus strangulensis said…

Oh, woe is me! Sob! Sob! somehow I'll survive.

Didn't see that one coming and good one, VMH!

You do know that's Harpo, right?

Y'r [appreciative] ol' Bud, Fike

At 10:19pm on November 13, 2018, xx Jones said…

HI Val, nice to hear from you! I never did anything about the bus stop idea - so many other things got in the way. I was developing this idea for a mail art exhibition in Vienna, which would have been a great venue, 25 meters of shop windows, and there is bus stop too coincidentally. I had contacted them with a proposal. Unfortunately, just today I got their response and the news that they are going to discontinue the project Wandzeitung. So unless they change their mind ... maybe I will contact some other venues, but I had my heart set on this one as it is right on the street corner, so I have to see how I feel. I guess the bus stop in the village is still a possibility.  These books about sovjet bus stops sound interesting! You had a mail art exhibition in a phone boy, I remember!




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