donderdag 30 juni 2016

Adamandia Kapsalis (3)

I wrote (and posted) about the "What or whom is she staring at?" project before, and I am delighted by the variety of mail art people create on this theme.

This one is from Adamandia Kapsalis. For some or another reason I think of Fish when I think of Adamandia (and I've created more than once Fish mail art to send to her). But she is a multi-faceted artist, as this mixed-media mail art shows. Though I am happy to see this tiny Fish in it, too, so I can post her mail art here :-)

Thank you very much, Adamandia!

woensdag 29 juni 2016

Katerina Nikoltsou (18)

This entry for the 'What or whom is she staring at?' project came from Katerina Nikoltsou from Greece. Katerina's creation suddenly made me wonder if the animals' name, Dolphin, has to do something with the famous ancient Greek oracle place Delphi. I looked it up, and yes, there is a connection (or not?)!

On the back side nice mail art things, among them artistamps from other mail artists, and matching Greek stamp prints.
And inside the envelope some other materials, among them a colouring plate, showing the wise Owls and - probably - the wise goddess Athena:

Katerina also added a ruler, showing nice Owls, too. A big surprise, an excellent gift which I can use to draw straight lines in my own mail art.

Thank you very much, Katerina!

Kate Klyuenkova

These wonderful rubberstamps have been carved by Kate Klyuenkova.

Along with the stamp prints came a very kind letter and more, all traveling in this beautiful envelope, with matching Bird stamps. You can notice calligraphy in the stamps!

So kind of yours, thank you very much, Kate!

dinsdag 28 juni 2016

Tonipoet (4)

Parts of this mail art from Tonipoet I already posted on Leap Day (yes, 2016 is not only the Year of the Monkey but also a Leap Year!). Then I realized I never had posted the main image in this blog: the Chicken. Here she is!

Who knows what animals (Owls, Crows, Bats, Sparrows) are living in this old church tower (included in the great envelope):

We had hoped that USPS would cancel the stamp and provde it with the rare date '29 Feb 2016',

But instead they postmarked the 'do not open til leap day' message!


Thank you very much, Toni!

zaterdag 25 juni 2016

Richard Baudet (4,5,6,7,8,9)

Richard Baudet added a lot of great findings to my 'add and return' project named "What or whom is she staring at?".
In some of the returned mail art Animals play an important role. Those of course belong here, although I'll post them on the IUOMA site, too.

I've showed one here before. Meanwhile Richard has caused more than once more smiles on my face,by, among them, the added-to-and-returns you can see here.

Thank you very much, merci beaucoup, Richard!

vrijdag 24 juni 2016

Eva (23)

Usually I don't post regular postcards here, but this time the received card shows a little history, and the postage stamp on the back is interesting enough to be posted here, too.

Sent from Spain by Eva, this postcard came from the Belgian museum Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. This card shows the permanent exhibition 'Gallery of Humankind'.

The stamp shows the Myotis capaccinii, in English known as long-fingered bat, in Spanish the long-legged (patudo) bat (murciélago), in German the long-foot (Langfuß) bat (Fledermaus) and in Dutch just Capaccini's bat (Capaccinni's vleermuis).

It is the first shaped Spanish stamp I've ever seen.
Thank you very much, Eva!

donderdag 23 juni 2016

Laura Griffin

This mail art I partly posted in the Banana mail art group months ago. However the beautiful Bird invited me to have him/her show up in this animals gallery, too!

Created ant sent by Laura Griffin from Canada.

On the envelope a nice Elk stamp (slightly missed by the cancellation stamper), two artistamps (might from Anna Banana?) and an awesome banana stamp print.

Thank you very much, Laura!

woensdag 22 juni 2016

Alan Brignull

I think it clear why Alan Brignull is one of my biggest Artistamp Heroes. The stamp sheet shown above does not need further comments (besides the fact that there's an animal shown: the Hedgehog), to my opinion it simply is perfect.

The stamp sheet was accompanied by this Dove.

And arrived in an envelope with signs of the famous Adanaland.

Thank you very much, Alan!

dinsdag 21 juni 2016

Tonipoet (3)

These gracious flying Swallows have been created by Tonipoet. Also (to be) published at the 'Whom or what is she staring at?' blog.

Thank you very much, Toni!

maandag 20 juni 2016

Keith S. Chambers (4)

A Bee, a Butterfly and a Boodschap (= message in Dutch).

'Renounce acedia' (had to look up the word in the dictionary)... So true. However I think mail artists don't need to do so, they suffer from acedia :-)

Thank you very much, Keith!

Ficus Strangulensis

At first sight I thought this picture a mix of random colours, but looking closer I found out that it existed of photos of Birds and Reptiles which seem to have met in a big mixing bath.
Reptiles, Birds... So they should be posted here.
Usually I don't draw in other people's art work, and I am not sure if the creator, Ficus Strangulensis, would agree if I'd take a felt pen or scissors to mark or cut out the individueal animals?

The art arrived in an envelope, of which the back also shows these colourful mixed-animals, now pictured on a favourite object for mail artists: a mailbox.

Inside Ficus enclosed some readable food for thought:

And the mail art arrived in exact the right season: spring. Also in the USA the Daffodils bloom then!

Thank you very much, Fike!

zaterdag 18 juni 2016

Antonia Mayol (4)

This Bear has been created by Antonia Mayol from Spain.

Besides collages she creates paintings, of which you can see this small version.

It arrived some time ago already at my place, and meanwhile we're just before the next summer:

Thnk you very much, Antonia, and Happy Summer to tyou, too!

woensdag 15 juni 2016

Eva (22)

A belated blog post as you can see: it's the 15th of June today, so not before four months after sending, this friendly Dragon finally landed into this online gallery.

Created by Eva who has sent him/her from Spain.

I always love Eva's drawings, and I think you'll enjoy these as much as I do!

The Dragons arrived in this envelope (note the Doves/Pigeons on the stamp!). And while we are sure that Dragons are real, existing weird animals, I am not that sure about the Aliens, also appearing (a bit hidden in their homes and transport means) on the cover.

Thank you very much, moltes gràcies, Eva!

dinsdag 14 juni 2016

Connie Jean (4)

This interesting 'Luna' (= Moon) decorated envelope (part of it also published here today) came ...

... from Connie Jean from the USA.

Inside there were many Squirrels: this documentation of a part of the Squirrel Museum exhibition (if you look close you can see my contribution, too):

And this clever brave Squirrel:

Along with these two interesting papers on Mail Art and Mail Artists:

Thank you very much, Connie!

zaterdag 11 juni 2016

FinnBadger (5)

This year is the Year of the Monkey, and, already at the start of this Chinese New Year, I received this cheerful Monkey from FinnBadger.

On the back there was this perfect matching postmark, along with a postage stamp themed 'Year of the Monkey':

It took me some time to find the Monkey on the stamp, but here she or he is:

The Monkeys came in this larger envelope. I am not sure if FinnBadger has surrounded the Monkeys by this envelope, or that USPS was so kind to protect the Monkey postmark against more ink. Anyway: thank you very much, FinnBadger!