Vel Crowe
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When they come back..

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Apr 7. 2 Replies

...what do you do with them?Every now and then a piece of ail art will come back to me with a notation such as Recipient has moved; or No such Address, or like that--it happens to everyone,…Continue

Oh, dear. Have I maybe overdone the grimdark on this one piece?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Lowenburg Oct 9, 2019. 4 Replies

 Early this afternoon our friend Lamar came to visit, and i showed him a few of my recent postcards that i was about to go drop in the mailbox He said they were cool lookin'.... Then he came to a…Continue

Why? Because Mail Art!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Jul 26, 2018. 8 Replies

* You always grab extra copies of free neighborhood newspapers and magazines.*You go out of your way to take religious and political tracts, flyers, handbills, handouts, Scientology personality tests…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started this discussion. Last reply by xx Jones May 12, 2017. 4 Replies

NOTA BENNY, i just posted the same message as a blog post; my befuddlement knows no bounds. f this is not good etiquette here, please cut a rank beginner a break, okay? thanks a zillon!thurs…Continue

 

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"I just realized--I've been with the IUOMA for THREE YEARS as of the day before yesterday! Whooopeeee!"
Apr 8
Vel Crowe commented on Vel Crowe's group "Exploits"
"Inspire! Instigate! Irritate the Institution!"
Apr 8
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"Exploits"

What have you "gotten away with"? Let's brag about our (successfully sent and delivered!) naughty, edgy or dicey art that we have created and mailed. Getting stuff past the censors, unusual sizes shapes and materielle -- whatever you think of as an exploit! Nothing too illicit, of course.See More
Apr 8
Vel Crowe joined Ficus strangulensis's group
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tsundoku

as one so afflicted, here's a group for people who use books for mail art purposes or even just labor under the yoke of book addiction, those yearning masses who amass books intended for reading but which, mostly just pile up.See More
Apr 8
Jennifer Wallace replied to Vel Crowe's discussion When they come back..
"If Ilya Semenenko-Basin is still collecting for the Museum of Moscow collection, you can send them on to him."
Apr 7
Carien van Hest replied to Vel Crowe's discussion When they come back..
"I would go to the member's page (if she/he has one) and check if the address has changed. If not, I would do the same as you, I guess."
Apr 7
Vel Crowe posted a discussion

When they come back..

...what do you do with them?Every now and then a piece of ail art will come back to me with a notation such as Recipient has moved; or No such Address, or like that--it happens to everyone, right?Well, what do you do with a card that you've sent someone and had it bounce back at you? Do you archive it? Keep it on your refrigerator door? Send it to someone else?What I have done with the two most recent ones that bounced back was: I redid them slightly on the picture side, just added a little…See More
Apr 7
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art in my mailbox! 04/07/20

tuesday 04/07/20 lots of swell art came my mailbox way the last few days.**an envelope from my near neighbor Jokie X. Wilson, also of San Francisco, contains many cutouts of machineries and two Radical Pansy buttons.**A lovely envelope from Fleur Helsingor, of Oakland with some of her excellent work**some neat stuff from Eugene, Oregon artist Nick Johnson**A wonderful mailer From John M. Bennett of Ohio, with asemic wrirting and an 8&1/2x11" collage\And three more pieces just…See More
Apr 7
Vel Crowe posted a status
"tuesday 04/07/20 lots of beautiful art came my mailbox way the last few days. [continued on blog page]"
Apr 7
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let me tell you about the wonderful things in my recent mail

04/01/202002:20i've gotten some fabulous mail art within the last couple or 3 days...*Envelope full of stuff from Mike "Capt. Biology" Dickau, my neighbor from Sacramento, California;**Not ONE, but TWO pieces from Lord Fugue, the pride of Lenoir, North Carolina--very very groovy colorful envelopes stuffed with poetry, vsuals and at least one A&P page. One of the good Lord's collages went right on the front of our fridj!***From Henry Guild (perhaps a relative?) out of Forest Hills, New York,…See More
Apr 1
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"04/01/2020 02:20 i've gotten some fabulous mail art within the last couple or 3 days... Envelope full of [continued in V's blog page...]"
Apr 1
Vel Crowe posted a status
"03/25-Hey! mail art today! Thanks, Adam Roussopolous. I can't hang w/the 140-character limit, so see my blog post for description."
Mar 26
Vel Crowe posted a blog post

Yippee-ya-yo-ki-yay, i got mail art today!

A big manila envelope with many colorful stamps and stickers affixed, from Adam Roussopoulos of Chaska, Minnesota (ahoy ahoy, new amigo).Inside, I find:* A stapled 8.5x11" book of text collage*A sheet of pix of Bourbon the Dog and another of Tofu the Cat*A page of pix of various POST NO BILLS signs*A page of different US POSTAGE PAID stamps*THIS MAY BE A MANIFESTO.Thx for the neato surprise, Adam Roussopolous; see you in the mails.See More
Mar 26
Vel Crowe posted a blog post

kiddy colors loud lurid bright and brazen

i love to use kiddy artmaterielle. Poster paintand Crayolas andconstruction paper, thoselittle plastic trays ofwatercolors. Oh, andWet'N'Wild nail polishand flash dry.i like that they're cheapand widely available(wherever there's aWalgreens or Walmart orkmart or Target or dollarand change store, there'scrayons and temprapaint). i try to work alow-budg aesthetic withmoastly found/scavengedrepurposed materielle andthese penny paint potsfit in good with that.they're easy to work withtoo and…See More
Mar 3
Pam McVay replied to Vel Crowe's discussion Oh, dear. Have I maybe overdone the grimdark on this one piece?
"If you want to be known as a psychopath, go ahead and send it.  I myself don't like dust mites.  They should be exterminated. But I lost my mind years ago so don't listen to me..."
Sep 4, 2019
Vel Crowe joined Karen Champlin's group
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Aug 4, 2019

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Mail-Artist since:
mid-1990s
My Website (without http://):
http://n/a
Why I am involved in Mail-Art:
a friend of mine who exchanged art showed me some cool thigs; i found some kindly strangers' addresses and sent them queer little postcards i had made. some people liked them and sent me things back. also more addresses. so i made more peculiar postcards and sent them to creative strangers,. also envelopes full of wonderful paper things and the odd package containibg weird and beautiful shit. it was a lot of fun for a long time, then i stopped for a while. now i want to create cool things to mail to other people again and fill my mailbox with fine and curious things. so i am starting up again.
w/regards,
Sparrow 13
aka Baron von Velcrowe, Elvis Velcrow, Sadie Velcrow,
Taqueria El Velcrow, Ragtime Crowboy Velcrow et alia
My Mail-Adress (snail and/or E-mail)
email address: thedelux1@gmail.com
surface mail: tba

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art in my mailbox! 04/07/20

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 10:07am 0 Comments

tuesday 04/07/20 lots of swell art came my mailbox way the last few days.

**an envelope from my near neighbor Jokie X. Wilson, also of San Francisco, contains many cutouts of machineries and two Radical Pansy buttons.

**A lovely envelope from Fleur Helsingor, of Oakland with some of her excellent work

**some neat stuff from Eugene, Oregon artist Nick Johnson

**A wonderful mailer From John M. Bennett of Ohio, with asemic wrirting and an…

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let me tell you about the wonderful things in my recent mail

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 11:56am 0 Comments

04/01/2020

02:20

i've gotten some fabulous mail art within the last couple or 3 days...

*Envelope full of stuff from Mike "Capt. Biology" Dickau, my neighbor from Sacramento, California;

**Not ONE, but TWO pieces from Lord Fugue, the pride of Lenoir, North Carolina--very very groovy…

Continue

Yippee-ya-yo-ki-yay, i got mail art today!

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 3:35am 0 Comments

A big manila envelope with many colorful stamps and stickers affixed, from Adam Roussopoulos of Chaska, Minnesota (ahoy ahoy, new amigo).

Inside, I find:

* A stapled 8.5x11" book of text collage

*A sheet of pix of Bourbon the Dog and another of Tofu the Cat

*A page of pix of various POST NO BILLS signs

*A page of different US POSTAGE PAID stamps

*THIS MAY BE A MANIFESTO.

Thx for the neato surprise, Adam Roussopolous; see you in…

Continue

kiddy colors loud lurid bright and brazen

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 9:02am 0 Comments



i love to use kiddy art

materielle. Poster paint

and Crayolas and

construction paper, those

little plastic trays of

watercolors. Oh, and

Wet'N'Wild nail polish

and flash dry.

i like that they're cheap

and widely available

(wherever there's a

Walgreens or Walmart or

kmart or Target or dollar

and change store, there's

crayons and tempra

paint). i try to work a

low-budg aesthetic…

Continue

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At 1:07am on December 6, 2017, Jokie X Wilson said…

I think I just saw your message. I think you sent it back in March. In case I didn't answer already:

Jokie X Wilson

620 Eddy Street No 24

San Francisco CA

94109-7912

At 4:06am on August 31, 2017, Bonniediva said…

Thank you, Dear Vel (Squirrel Lee... !!! ) Love the postcard. As always, my mailman is a lucky guy. 

At 8:34pm on June 17, 2017, Edward said…
At 5:12pm on May 19, 2017, Allison Baker said…

Hi Vel! Sorry I only just now saw your comment on my wall from march, YIKES. YES love to swap some artsy postcards. my addy is PO box 100492, Arlington VA 22210

I have some beauties to send back to you too :)

At 5:42am on April 27, 2017, Bonniediva said…

Hey Vel,

I got your fabulous piece with feathers! Sublime! xxoo Bonniediva in the middle of nowheres!

At 3:27am on April 21, 2017, Toni Hanner -- tonipoet said…

Hi Vel Crowe--I got your wonderful MUNG #1 with teeth piece today -- wildly original, I think. I had to look up "mung" of course. At first I assumed it was a name for whatever gets stuck between your teeth. It should be!

At 5:07am on March 30, 2017, Azzaro said…

Vel - thanks for the PC - nice 'Mitre Peak' address side - it saved me a journey - If the mountain will not come to Azzaro, then Azzaro must go to the mountain' . Original abstract on tuther side, and I liked the jagged edge. The Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly was alighting on the mountain, and over yonder someone was letting off - fireworks. Great stuff.

 

At 4:49pm on March 25, 2017, Bonniediva said…

Hey Vel, I send you a fab piece in an envelope with the address you gave, but it came back "return to sender." Did you move?

At 5:44pm on March 19, 2017, Fleur Helsingor said…

>> Hello, i'm Velcrow! would you like to swap some art?
>> would you like one of my peculiar postcards?
>> send me a surface-mail address, and i'll send you one.

Sure! Please send it to:

Fleur Helsingor
P.O. Box 30571
Oakland, CA 94604

At 9:59pm on March 16, 2017, Patricio - The Celestial Scribe said…

Earthling, this may be the last but certainly it´s not the least welcome message to IUOMA you are going to receive. I’m a celestial mail artist living in a heavenly corner of the faraway universe called Republik van Patland. I´d love to be the other end if you wish to trade mail art with a celestial mail artist. If this is the case at the time your envelope should read as follows:

The Celestial Scribe
Terrene Embassy
Republik van Patland
Caixa Postal 24827
Curitiba-PR
80510-970
Brazil

I look forward to see a piece of yours in my terrene mailbox. I´ll do my homework after receiving your artwork. This is nothing less than a Celestial Promise. I’m Patricio, Celestial Scribe & Republik van Patland Official Envelope Provider.

 
 
 

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