As a few of my friends have been reminding me, this month is one year of IUOMA contact for me. Serendipity came to the celebrations.  You’ll see why.  The first piece of mail I ever received was from Jen Staggs.  I received her Plagiarist pages two weeks ago – Jen has been weighed under her own studies, but took the time to send the pages back.


Bifidus sent me the second piece of mail art I had ever received from an IUOMA member  -  again without me asking.  It was contribution to The World is a Town – in fact it’s the image which begins my photo album of that project – which is STILL ON THE GO!!! Does the World have a Backbone? That’s what I called it – Bifidus never disagreed – or – come to think of it agreed :-) - and on Monday I received Methuselah’s Mixture.  Is Bifidus asking why we grow old? I never know – once I saw backwards writing that I could read in the mirror  on one of his postcards – he said I was basically mad and seeing things - so now I just enjoy and keep my runaway thoughts to myself.  Bifidus I STILL have not forgotten that NO-ONE cracked the code to the Crimson Giant and The Tower of Babel??? Thank you Haptic Boss.

De Villo I ‘met’ soon too – his buttons and  found materials arrived on Tuesday.  This is his very  curiously interesting contribution for the Asemics 16 project.  Asemiotics.  DVS -  newmade vocabulary – all the po’s you invented and the blue shirt that disappeared – did you steal the buttons from there?? 

I am VERY curious about peoples choice in trashpo – its actually quite revealing! Thanks for all the collaborative things we’ve managed DVS – and MOSTLY we’ve managed to keep our sense of humour! 


From LMF - Another Tuesday arrival - many thanks for the YEARS we have been sending each other mail - for all the projects you've contributed too, for enabling the SA MAil ARt School and for contributing HEAVILY to my diary books - they're a big part of my exhibition motivation - how can the committee say no to this!!!????

Angi Cope I met very soon too – and I have learnt over my time at IUOMA that Heart DEFINITELY Matters to Angi. 

She is a constant on IUOMA – Snooky too of course! Angi sent me TWO Heart Matters. The first questions Heart Matters as related to being homesick.  This one made me sad for some reason.

The second – pink and blue for girls and boys – mapping the territory of the heart.

Inside is a ATC of the Letter Guy and she sent a warm embrace in glittery ribbon – A FAB Angie – thank you :-) XX

Karen Champlin was also DEFINITLEY one of my first round of friends and yesterday – another FAB arrived. KC has an inimitable style, recognizable STRAIGHT away.  It is SO GREAT that your work made it to my September party – I mean, how serendipitous is that?? Many many thanks for your work – SO great to see you in the mail again.

We are all aware of whats involved once you're taken up with this mistress...

Marie has become a fast friend and she sent ANOTHER World is a Town Contribution arrived today - this is HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!   It’s a COMPLEX CRITTER! It came in its own box

– with instructions – you’ll see why –

O, she knows me well :-))

and Sweet Pea – place some pics here please – I know your photographs will be enviable! It's a conceptual representation of the physical-ness of a palimpsest, where the text is raised, not lying FLAT on the surface. 

Each piece of text is bound together by thought threads. MAN!!! It’s a FAB too :-) X - no, I didn’t POP!


Today – ZALOPA arrived – Ruud said it was a small variation of ZALOP – maybe a verb? Yes, but I’m a busy entomologist (?) with a full platter right now – so I must take time to do this justice – Many thanks Ruud for your constant support,  calm interaction and making this a wonderful platform for all us madly swopping artists. 

Erni – I had to squeeze him in here, even though I have not got mail this week – he was also a firm new friend – I don’t know if you can see the glitter? Do you remember those images of trees in the snow you sent Erni? They are imprinted in my memory.


So, many thanks to friends new - and old - you know what I mean by old - its been a WOW year!! :-) XXXXXX



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Comment by cheryl penn on October 3, 2011 at 10:30am
WOW LMF :-) - and now its a white elephant??? Was much more intersting as a space ship :-) X
Comment by Lesley Magwood Fraser on October 3, 2011 at 8:32am

My first mail art correspondence with Cheryl was in 2009 when our new Moses Mabhida soccer stadium was being built for the World Cup. Cheryl likened it to an alien spaceship, and we soon had a wonderful story going about the strange creatures found burrowing underneath the excavations, and university academics became involved too.... these are a couple of the exchanges....

Comment by cheryl penn on October 1, 2011 at 2:06pm
Just in case you're wondering - NO - I was not born then - it was a FAV of my parents for YEARS after :-)))X
Comment by cheryl penn on October 1, 2011 at 2:05pm
Um - Erni is right in the Initial instance - Memories are made of this was a hit by Dean Martin in 1956 - backed by The Easy Riders. I got to prefer Sweet Dreams are Made of This :-) X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on October 1, 2011 at 12:20pm
Erni, the title comes from The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams Are Made of These" - with the flying cows - this was covered earlier in the stream somewhere
Comment by cheryl penn on October 1, 2011 at 8:50am
Erni - 'old' contender??? DVS -  JUST SEND ME SOME MORE VERBS!!! You know what they say about paper tigers? I think the same applies to paper slashers :-) X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 11:18pm

Great - I got the one with the real knife punctures.


Cheryl - great! The "Lost" Erni TCG chapter. Yes Erni, you were remarkable, especially since I don't think books are your chosen medium. What's the line from Brando in "On the Waterfront"? "You were good. You could have been a contender."

Comment by E on September 30, 2011 at 8:37pm
Close Encounters of the Third Kind with Cheryl.....
Comment by cheryl penn on September 30, 2011 at 8:20pm
What can I say - you pressed my buttons - and then you stole them! :-))X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on September 30, 2011 at 6:09pm

I can feel the love with golden memories like this one (by Cheryl to me)


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