From Phillip Lercher, FinnBadger and Moby

Not only a clever observation but ...

...posted on the very same palindromic day.
By the way FinnBadger and Moby are cats. Brilliant mail artists both of them.

from Jack of Cascadia  As I collect cats, Jack collects oligargarchs.
Well, sobre gustos no hay nada escrito ( old Spanish Proverb: about tastes there are no rules)
this great publication came complete w
ith two sets of stamps.

introducing the Vampire Rhino

From Torill Larsen

Powerful interpretations of Medusa.
Why is she holding a dear? When I tried to find out, I found that Medusa was a woman
raped by Poseydon in Athena's temple. Athena threw her out having turned her into a Gorgon
and then the poor thing was killed by Perseus. Not surprisingly she has becomed a symbol for the emancipation of women. Torill does not say anything about all this.

From Nancy Bell Scott

Three gorgeous abstracts as only Nancy can create, I know, I tried and failed,
and a tiny note apologizing for taking a long time to answer.
The wait was worth it, for such beauties!

From Alan Brignull

An old photo, a long letter and a very original Valentine card,
detailing all the dangers that may be brought by flowers in the home.

From Peter Múller

Voodoo or witchcraft of the blackest kind? Not a word of explanation!

From Carol Stetser

A book of asemic writings in faultless calligraphy

A compilation of Mail Art received by Carol

and a historic account and legends of St Valentine

From Cascadia ArtPost

It is not only daffodils that make an appearance in Spring!

From Ficus Strangulensis

A compilation of received Mail Art and more characteristic digital fun with photos

from Alan Turner

Political comment.

from A1 Waste Paper.co

Two original sheets of Artistamps from Michael

from Orlando Pacheco Acuña

The latest zine by Orlando in Spanish, Cabeza de Libro or Book Head, from Chile,
concerned with the lack of education for the poor of the country
which leaves many without the basis of reading and writing.
An area in which Orlando does voluntary work.

From  Kate Dudek

A  magnific collaction of drawings, including my favourite,
the soft representation of somebody's legs and feet.
I had seen it in Instagram and begged Kate for a copy.

From Katerina Nicoltsou

A  tiger Valentine card in its folder.
A very cheerful composition in energizing reds and pinks,
perfectly balanced in its dynamism.

From Carien van HestThree small collages and featuring a cat, following mine main theme,
The cat is reflecting deeply on the fate of butterflies.
perhaps he is Catfusious himself?

From Renata Solimini

Two of her paintings, photos of course.
I got the feeling they must be as huge as they are colourful.

From Adam Roussopoulus

A page of his cool classic artistamps

From James and Kevin Gillam
Two pages of a great bookie

From C.Mehrl BennettThe Queen of Hats, remember the banana Hat? This hat now is to celebrate Art's birthday.
I am flummoxed, or is it Fluxused?

From Carol Stetser

Carol sent me a  book of collages.

A page to show the kind of amazing work Carol has created for this book

From Maree McHugh

A very beautiful collage,
telling a story which I cannot yet hear
but with a little time in that creative half awake half asleep state
it will become clear.

From David Stanley Aponte, Surreal AlchemyA Surreal postcard. The words in Spanish say:
'Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.'
I often think why people do not remember past experience, an example is to have forgotten
the yearly epidemics of polio, until Salk invented the vaccine.

From Heide Monster,  fantastic animal.


Heide had a present of some large sheets of watercolour paper and put it to excellent use!

From Sabrina S

A large cheerful postcard with a subtle message.  Peace and freedom! At least that is what it says to me

Katerina Nicoltsou has jumped straight into the Tiger theme  with two great postcards

Mirror image? This is a kitten with a big ego!

Katerina and me are sisters in MailArt, a way to say we are all part of a big Mail Art family,

This collection of coctail glasses from Fleur Helsingor made it without a scratch through the post. It is a display in a shop window in Laguna Beach, California. A very cheerful card and a great little Artist Trading Card accompaning it

Bonniediva's cleverly amusing Bonzine number nineteen arrived, with a lovely vintage Christmas card! The zine is crammed with Holliwood gossip.  I would not be without my copy, it is so important to be well informed and in the noodle. Oh, I just have been informed that the expression is in the know, not the noodle. See? that is how  important is to be in the n. . . know!  I must renew my subscription  without delay

My new friend Deanna Hallmark first contribution to the STG is astounding! The recovered postal elements used in the three collages are a direct reference to Mail Art while the colours emphasise their age. Their texture is an invitation to stroke them! I had to force myself to put the cards down ... sorry I cannot show textures here.
Finally, I am
so grateful for that can of stew, very warming in this rainy England.

Clever envelope from C.Mehrl Bennett bringing collages and several interesting art works, including a card suggesting I ask a cow. What shall I ask? I would like to ask the meaning of a strange happening: the UK Post Office has not put postage prices up this year! Very odd. What fiendish plot is it hatching?

Rebecca Guyver's small but thick jewel of an envelope, top right side corner, contained two lovely cards, a tiny bookie, beautifully crafted describing her family holidays (it made me feel I was there with them!) and a badge which I am wearing with pride in my new profile photo.

I am looking forward to this year as I was born under this sign, so suppose I am a tigress. With my Italian blood, easily set to boiling point, it is quite believable. Surprise! you did not know, you thought I was English? Only by choice. Those of you whom I have met would have known of course. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and my paternal grandparents were Italian. I was very close to my maternal grandmother who was French. It makes it very difficult to watch international football matches, I do not know whom to support.

The badge was sent at the end of last year by the Sticker Dude, thank you very much, Joel!

 Alan Brignull sent bells a-peeling to anounce the New Year, an appealing design. And an instructive card inspired by the road signs he saw in Wales during his holiday.
A bihafiwch in the road? Gofal indeed! Perygl! Perygl!

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Comment by Mail Art Martha on February 28, 2022 at 6:52pm

Thank you Nancy, we tigers do anything for praise!

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on February 28, 2022 at 3:45pm

Martha, thank you for this wonderful blog. You display everyone's work so beautifully. And now I learn after all this time of your most interesting heritage(s) -- I was fooled, too! It's good of you to confess. :--}

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 15, 2022 at 1:15pm

Thank you for posting, Martha,

always good to see that mail art/ snail mail is arriving, yay!

Comment by Mail Art Martha on January 15, 2022 at 6:43am

Thank you Carien and Katerina!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on January 3, 2022 at 12:08pm

Happy New Year to you, Martha!

Year of the Big Cats...and little cats, too :-)

Comment by Carien van Hest on January 3, 2022 at 10:53am

So you are family of us all :-) And now I know the reason I am easily set to boiling point too... my parents conceived me in Italy. Happy New Year, Martha!

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