Thursday, 27 December 2012

Limited edition poem postcard

Proud auntie typing this blog!
My niece Amber had her poem, titled 'Pretpark', published on 8 postcards. Very cool for a nine year old. It's a poem about her going with friends to a theme park. Every sentence starts with the same words but the sentence is growing and growing. Syntax in progress, aha! Good thing my cousin's name is on the postcards. Now the difficult part... who am I going to send these treasures to?
Amber's book of cats

Monday, 24 December 2012

MailArt from... Rachel Freeman, Carina Granlund, Katerina Nikoltsou and Sarah Churchill

Lots of symbols, hieroglyfs, signs and icons from Rachel Freeman, USA. They are all different and the gold letters are in relief. What a lot of work. Thank you, Rachel.
Carina Granlund, Finland, made this black & white collage with handwritten message. Looks like old touristic photographs with Russian and Scandinavian names. On the back a sixties or so add for a torture apparaatski to 'tone tummy, arms, waist, hips, thighs, buttocks too!' Might be handy after the Christmas dinners. Just right under this add Carina asks me how I will celebrate Christmas... is that a hint, hihi? Thank you, Carina

Warm blue Christmas greeting from Greece in Greek. Intriguing letters. It says "Send a message of hope". (Translation by Katerina, I don't know any Greek apart from Hoppa!) Also intriguing is the reindeer with sled. They seem to have lost Santa... oei. I love the tag white Xmas Mail Art stamps. Thank you, Katerina.
From the United Kingdom an envelop containing lots of thingies. Opening the envelop, glittering things fell out so I gave the lady on the envelop glittering specs. The arty slides Sarah Churchill made, have a Christmas theme. As they are unbreakable, I will hang them in the Christmas tree. The same tree that has fallen over every day since it was decorated... In case I might get bored these holidays, I can add on the with card for Cauli's add & pass project. Thank you, Sarah.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

MailArt from... Taidgh Lynch

This supersize envelop arrived halfway november... because I didn't have time to blog, I did not open it, for the surprise effect. How did I manage that? Only half december I found the envelop again in one of the so familiar piles with paper-absolutely-not-to-be-parted with. What a nice surprise, again!

It's from Taidgh, Ireland. The content is carefully wrapped in blue bubbeltjes-plastic. That's already a treat, blue bubbly plastic.

Look at this! A big piece of art and a handwritten letter in a mini decorated envelop.

This must have taken hours to draw and fill in with pencil. Monk's work. Beautiful colours, silly creatures, great piece! Thank you, Taidgh.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Painted paper boekie

For a very special friend I made this boekie after painting the watercolour paper with orange and red colours. It's one piece of A4, folded in an 'ingenious' way. One can really go crazy decorating a boekie.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

MailArt from... Thom Courcelle, Claudia McGill, Jon Foster and Dean Marks

'Follow your ART' is the message from Thom Courcelle, USA. In the envelop a movable-kind-of-sun-dial with poem on the back. My favourite line: 'There's never a bad time to send someone effections...' That applies to MailArt! Thank you, Thom.

Also from the USA this collage with layers of different kind of papers on a text about Mindfulness. The creation is by Claudia McGill. Lovely colours and composition. Thank you, Claudia.

And another piece of MailArt from the USA. Jon Foster used fragments from a cartoon (I guess) that were given a cover of stamps? Interesting result. Thank you Jon.

Master Chef uses bananas! Funny card by Dean Marks, France. Something about using pans made from copper or aluminium on iron? And the pans are going to attaque the water? My French has become rusty. It is really an honour to receive some banana's-MailArt. Thank you, Dean.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

MailArt from... Erni Bär, 'E', Tina Wittmer, Katerina Nikoltsou & Dean Marks

Last weekend Sinterklaas arrived in Nederland, with his Pieten en white horse. It is known that the Pieten use 'juten bags' to carry all the presents in. Now Erni Bär, Germany, sends me this big parcel with juten bag with chocolate! Chocolade ist immer gut and I can now volunteer as a Piet. Danke, Erni.

'E' from France asks to give my brain cell to the archives of Utopia. The Ambassade d'Utopia, that is. Mysterious request. I will have to get more information from the website Thank you, 'E'. 

On a rainy and snowy day in october, Tina Wittmer USA, made this collage. Spring-like theme, I think. A selection of colours and different papers. Thank you, Tina.

Katerina Nikoltsou, Greece, enjoyed a holiday in France and she visited other MailArtists. Together with Dean Marks, France she created this big unusual sized postcard with lots of stamps. Culture and fun and friendship. Thank you Katerina and Dean.

Monday, 12 November 2012

MailArt from... Edna Toffoli, Jon Foster, Carina Granlund and Amy Irwin

First MailArt from Edna Toffoli, Brasil! A collage made of patterns, probably cut out from a magazine? Edna writes a nice message that she sends this to begin an exchange of long life MailArt. Thank you, Edna.

A real zine from Jon Foster, USA. Together with Misty he visited 16 states of America, eating Mexican food, all in about one month. Sounds a bit like a tour of a wannabee-president travelling the country to contact his/her voters ;) Looking forward to reading the zine. The Stella-sticker on the envelop reminds me of Belgian beer but it is from an antipasto-cheese. Thank you, Jon.

Eye catching black&white envelop with doodle pattern from Finland containing a trashpo album from Carina Granlund.
The cover is handmade see-through plastic and the content speaks for itself. I love boekies, thank you Carina.
Hey! I recognized this envelop. And the address of the sender was written by... me! Very clever and funny. Amy Irwin, USA, altered the envelop by sticking lots of stamps on it AND an American cent. And it arrived all in one piece. Inside an ATC with spooky Halloween eyes, warning me not to go into the woods. Thank you, Amy.

Monday, 5 November 2012

MailArt from... De Villo Sloan, Test Tower and Dean Marks

Because of MailArt I have been able to add a new word to my vocabulary a couple of weeks ago! Asemic writing. It looks like writing but the symbols, letters, figures whatever are not connected to a real language. Or maybe that language has yet to be discovered.
 It looks like calligraphy, but with out the strict rules. Definitely something I will explore myself.
De Villo Sloan, USA, sent me three pieces of inspiring asemic writing. All different, all beautiful. Thank you, De Villo Sloan.

Also from the USA comes this piece with the title 'Espionage in the 4th dimension' from Test Tower. Having just seen SkyFall with lots of British tongue-in-cheek-humor I double appreciate this MailArt. I think it is a piece created on the computer, very clever. Thank you Test Tower.

Crazy ory Mad? Dean Marks from France sends a 3D-collage with fragments of barcodes. Must have taking quiet some time to cut them all out and stick them into this composition. Brilliant idea. Noticing a barcode will never be the same. Dean is also doing the MailArt 365-route and this is piece #246... only 119 to go ;) Thank you, Dean

Blog Test Tower (Heebee Jeebeeland)

Monday, 29 October 2012

MailArt from... David Stafford, Niklas Heed, Theresa Williams and Sarah Churchill

Somebody is very good with the computer and a very skilled drawing-artist -> A tiny kind of superman is flying to the rescue of the cat, caught in some machinery. Very funny, very cool MailArt. If only I knew who sent it to me. The stamp says Alberquerque.
Ps: mystery solved. It is David Stafford! Thank you, David.

Baby Zombie with his little sister, Lil! Such a lovely, cute couple. Beautiful pictures. I hope they will explore and visit lots of places, so Theresa Williams, USA, will be able to take lots of photo's. I am a fan. Thank you, Theresa.

Niklas Heed, Sweden, sends me an 'add and pass' card in an envelop with a lovely drawing of a tired postman, giving his feet a rest in a bucket of water. Oooh, the poor man. My assignment is to fill layer 4 and send it to Tofu, USA. The results of this Millennium Project can be found on Tofu's website. Niklas managed to put a toddler between the lines of layer 3. Layer 2 was filled in by 'E'. Thank you, Niklas.

Tofu MailArt

Also Sarah Churchill, UK, wants me to 'work', hihi. No escaping now. She sends me two slides, so I can become an active member of the 'arty slides group'. Also a great doodle with 'silly creature' (my words), recycled plastic bag art and a nice personal note. Thank you, Sarah.

Saturday, 27 October 2012