Valentine Mark Herman's Blog (106)

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.…

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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.…

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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:…

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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....…

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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):…

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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.…

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

Only to be looked at WITH your parents' permission. "Ladies in Red: the Impressionists meet the Playboy Bunnies"

Here is another Great Big Collage. This one shows some surprising similiar poses bertween Monet, Manet et al's and Heffner's model harems.

Most of the Ladies in Red kept most of their clothes on.

Which is more than can be said for the next few young ladies.…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 31, 2015 at 3:43pm — 2 Comments

Is it Art or Sex? (And is there a difference?)

Bonjour!

Here is my latest Great Big Collage. It is called "Great Big Collage 3: Is it Art or Sex?"

Here are some close ups of it (the Great Big Collage, that is, not, certainly not, the sex):

Another Lady in White; This one is wondering…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 25, 2015 at 4:12pm — 7 Comments

BREAKING NOSE: Sigean Standardisation Committe reports on new, revised size of ATCs

As you know, the Sigean Standardisation Committe (SSC) has spent the last 5 years, months, days, weeks, minutes considering a possible revision to the size of ATC's , that is, at present, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

The SSC has concluded that this size is way too small, and is recommending a larger size to be immediately adopted throughout the artistic community.

The new, revised size for ATCs is from now on 71 x 39…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 21, 2015 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

If you want this collage, then please send me a large stamped addressed envelope...

It is called 'Great Big Collage 1: Eyes'.  If you want it, then please send me a large stamped addressed envelope. (NB it will have to be a very large stamped addressed envelope as the GBC is 1m80 x1.00m/5ft11ins x3ft3ins big, and it weighs about 2.5kilos/5 1/4 lbs. First come, first served...

It is made up of something like 180 pieces, and this is what it looks like....…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on August 19, 2015 at 12:40pm — 5 Comments

IMAGE FOR ERNI

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on April 7, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

HOMAGE TO TOPPER

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on April 6, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

FROMAGE TO ERNI

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on April 5, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

HOMAGE TO ERNI

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on April 4, 2015 at 5:58am — No Comments

HAND JOB....

ART...

for only £20.00 ($31)

Read on...

"In Hand Job, graphic designer and hand typographer Michael Perry curates a selection of work from fifty outstanding designers, illustrators, and typographers, who integrate hand-drawn type into their designs. Each entry is shaped entirely by the artist’s hand and unique process, including the unplanned…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on February 25, 2015 at 6:01am — 2 Comments

MY MAIL ART STATISTICS (Mail Art Received and Sent) 2011 to 2014

This what I have received and sent in the last 4 years:

2011. Received = 549

          Sent         = 590

     

2012. Received = 457

          Sent         = 464

   

2013. Received  = 351

          Sent          = 360

  

2014. Received = 218

          Sent         = 255

Two observations:

i) it's not the case that I have…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on February 16, 2015 at 5:26am — 7 Comments

WOULD ANYONE LIKE A PERSONALISED I CHING HEXAGRAM PRINT?

Bonjour!

I am currently printing up a series of I Ching Hexagrams and wonder if anyone would like one?

There are 64 different Hexagrams. Here are two of them:

If you would like a personalised 6-line Hexagram (or two)*, you have to follow these steps:

1. Get three identical coins

2. Throw the coins together. Each head counts 3…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on January 30, 2015 at 4:16pm — 15 Comments

ADOPT A PUNNEKIN FOR 2015! (please)

Would you like to adopt a Punnekin for 2015? It would get your New Year off to a very good start.

What, you might ask, is a 'Punnekin'?

Answer: the Dutch version of the French 'Tricotaine'?

I'm none the wiser, Val. What's a 'Punnekin' or a 'Tricotaine' or whatever you want to call it?

It's a length of crocheted wool produced by a process that the English call 'French knitting' based on a 'Knitting Dolly'. Suus in Mokkum and…

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Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 10, 2014 at 9:21pm — 5 Comments

GUESS WHERE I HAVE BEEN APPOINTED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE??

Go on...guess.. all will be revaled in a few day's time....

The first person who guesses correctly here will win a Wonderful Prize (probably a Punnekin)

Go on....guess...

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 29, 2014 at 9:29pm — 55 Comments

WHO SENT ME THIS?

I received it a few weeks ago, but failed to note who sent me it.

Can anyone help please?

Added by Valentine Mark Herman on November 6, 2014 at 4:49pm — 10 Comments

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