Valentine Mark Herman's Blog (100)

Could somebody please tell me what (if anything) this means?

This is from the introduction to the 'My Passport'  Mail Art call:

"Author’s note: “The present work is an exploration and development through analogue synthesizer of an imaginary whistle of compound sharpener and decomposed in the form of an oscillated…

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 28, 2018 at 7:42pm — 5 Comments

"I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" (Groucho Marx)

A few years ago I formed an association of contemporary art called ASAC, was the first President, organised a couple of international art exhibitions and then resigned. I am about to be thrown out of the association because I am critical of the way it has subsequently developed -- and you would be too. So now ASICK rises from the ashes, and here is a non-poster of it's…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 23, 2018 at 5:07pm — 4 Comments

Thank you Katerina!

I am having an exhibition in March called 'Carrés/Squares). Everything in it will guessed it...square(ish). 70 different sorts of works are going to e in it, including these square collections of 51/2" Floppy Disks that were very kindly given to me by Katerina a while back. Square Floppys on lil Square canvasses. Mercy Buckets, Katerina!…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on January 18, 2018 at 4:13pm — 4 Comments

How many photos should be posted at any one time or in any one day?

I think the number should be FIVE.

Any more, and the occasional photo or two that a person posts just gets lost when another person posts 30 photos, and then another person posts another 30, and then....etc.

Adapting John Lennon's words: "Give photos a chance."


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on January 1, 2018 at 12:56pm — 7 Comments

SILLY STAMPS -- an appeal

This is an appeal for 'SILLY STAMPS'.

What, you might well ask, is a 'Silly Stamp'?

A 'Silly Stamp' is an officially issued postage stamp that, when you look at it, makes you think, "This is silly!''

And then, ''What on earth is going on here? What could its designers have possibly been thinking when they came up with this image?"

"And, given that postage stamps (like coins, banknotes, flags, etc) are important vehicles for promotong national…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on March 2, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

SEX BOMB SABOTAGE!! Featuring New Boots and Lacey and Sexy Panties.


Season's Greetings to y'all.

Great Big Collage #17 is a Special Herman End-of-the-Year Multi-Piece Great Big Collage.

Here it is:

Superbe, n'est-ce pas?

OK, so now you might be asking why 'Sex Bomb Sabotage'? Well look closely in the top left hand corner and you will find this:…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 26, 2015 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments

A Great Gig Collage Tribute to San Marino, and/or How I Would Keep My Children Quiet for 15 Minutes When We Went on Holiday

The Family Herman used to go on holiday from the South of Holland (Maastricht) to the South of France (Argélès-sur-Mer). The journey would take about 10 hours fast driving. Cries from the children "Are we nearly there yet, Dad?" would break out before we had even left the drive of our house -- which was only 4 yards long (the drive, that is, not the house). The journey to France would take us through Belgium and Luxembourg before we got to France. I would manage to keep the kids quiet for…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 8, 2015 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Dr Dolittle, what goes on in French pharmaceutical laboratories, and Sir Alex Issigonis who invented...

..the Mini.

Car, not skirt.

But he might have invented that too.

What he did say that is 'relevant' (I use the word with some hesitation here) is that "A camel is a horse designed by a committee".

Thank you, Sir Alex.

And now this Great Big Collage (# 15 in the series, in case you have lost count) is about animals -- animals of the "Pushmi-Pullyu" type (supposedly, a gazelle-unicorn cross with two heads) of Dr Dolittle.

I managed to sneak a…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 7, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

"Let there be light, and there was light" (Genesis 1, 3)

And then, many years later, Coca Cola came along.

And there was Light.

(Or even Lite in some markets)

And there was Zero.

And there was Life

And there was even Cherry Cola, as in.....

"I met her in a club down in old Soho/ Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola/See-oh-el-aye cola."

(It was originally Coca cola, but the Coke people wouldn't let the kinks call it that -- but…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 5, 2015 at 4:52pm — 4 Comments

'THE MAGIC FLU(^)TE' -(Great Big Collage #14) -- although there is neither magic nor a flute......


I play (badly) rock'n'roll guitar.

I play (slightly better) the alto recorder.

In France, the recorder is known as the 'flu(^)te à bec'. [The ^ is supposed to go over the u, but I can't seem to manage that].

There is another type of flu(^)te, a 'flu(^)te traversière'. This is a flute -- the type of flute that Wolfgang Amadeus obviously had in mind when he wrote 'The Magic Flute' opera ('obviously' because he didn't mess around with…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 19, 2015 at 5:12pm — No Comments



Here we are again.

This one is about bikes -- pedal-type bikes, not motor bikes.

Let's start with the Great Big Collage ...voilà!

And now let me introduce you to some members of my Fan Club Sigean Ladies Bike Club. Here are 9 members of the Club getting ready to go for their Sunday morning…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 10, 2015 at 8:58pm — 4 Comments

"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?" -- Great Big Collage #12. And can you guess which one was my supposed "mid-life crisis" car?

"My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.

Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,

So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?":

Thank you, Janis.

Great Big Collage #12 is about cars, mostly British vintage cars -- many of them made by companies, that hélas, no longer exist.

Here's the Great Big Collage in its great big magnificence:…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 9, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

"VLADABOM!!! DANDY 100% FUNNY!", featuring Asterix, Mickey Mouse, Popeye...and many others in.....Great Big Collage #11

Here's another one,  folks, based on cartoon comic magazines:

The magazines I used came from Britain, the US, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, China and Norway.

Why is it called "VLADABOM!!! DANDY 100% FUNNY", Fanny? Well, leaving aside the fact that anything of mine could be less than 100%, the title can be found in the bottom left hand…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 8, 2015 at 5:27am — 4 Comments

Great Big Collage #10: le Tour de France, 2001-15. (With thanks to USPS, but NOT Lance Armstrong)

Almost every summer since I moved to the South of France, I have gone to watch the Tour de France.

A typical 'Tour day', involves driving to some isolated spot between the Alps and the Pyrenees,; getting there 3-4 hours before the race arrives; setting up a picnic table -- and then sharing your food and drink with your neighbours; waiting for the Tour's promotional caravan to pass, and collect as many 'souvenirs' as possible; waiting some more, and then, as the race gets nearer come…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on October 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

When it's spring again, I'll bring again.... a Great Big Collage and a (bad) joke

Here is another Great Big Collage/ (#9, and still going strong, folks).

And, in the words of the song:

"When it's Spring again, I'll bring again

Tulips from Amsterdam.

With a heart that's true, I'll give to you

Tulips from Amsterdam.

I can't wait until the day you fill

These eager arms of mine.

Like the windmill keeps on turning,

That's how my heart keeps on yearning.…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 30, 2015 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

Where did little Nicolas go on his summer holiday? [This Blog is NOT bought to you by the Tourist Information Office of Sigean]

Bonjour Happy followers of my Great Big Collages series!

We are now up to number 8.

This one looks at where Little Nicolas spent his summer holiday this year.

Here's the Great Big Collage, it's called in French 'Petit Nicolas passe ses grande Vacances à Sigean';

Sigean is where I live. It is a small village in the South of France, between Narbonne and Perpignan.

Katerina, Dean and Jeanette have spent petites vacances here in recent years.…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 25, 2015 at 3:40pm — 2 Comments

Who died on the same day as John F Kennedy after taking LSD on his deathbed?

You don't know, Jim?

Well here's a clue in my latest Great Big Collage, and that's called "Doors".

There are 76 Doors here. I took photos of them in France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany (both East and West), Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Morocco and Hungary.

Here's two details of the "Doors" Collage:…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 21, 2015 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

Confession time! The REAL reason why I (almost) stopped Mail Arting is that.....

I started a circus with my very good mail art friend Mevrouw Jarina Renz!

And here in this Great Big Collage (#6 in the series in case you have lost count) is the one and only Circus Herman Renz

I'm sure tht you'd like to see Jarina and I in our circus costumes -- well, not to disappoint you....…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 17, 2015 at 4:55pm — 4 Comments

I have invented a new game: CIRCULAR CHESS. Does anyone want to play it with me?

A new chess game: CIRCULAR CHESS.

The board consists of two circles.

Here is the circle for the white and brown pieces (side and aerial views):

This is the circle for the black and white pieces (again side and aerial views):…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 15, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

"The Bar of a Café is the Parliament of the People" (Balzac). An enormous amount of research went into this Great Big Collage. Read on...

This Great Big Collage is slightly smaller than the others in this series being only 150 x 90 cms, or 60 x 36 ins: usual rules for postage and envelopes apply.  I agree with Monsieur Balzac -- The bar of a café IS the Parliament of the people.…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on September 11, 2015 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments



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