vrijdag 17 juli 2015

Ode to snail (paper) mail

The mail art network often is called 'the eternal network'.
Sometimes, when I am reading that post offices are closing worldwide, when hearing that the number of delivering days a week are decreasing, as well as home delivering in some places,
sometimes, when we see that postage rates increase, while working conditions for postal workers are deteriorating, and things like that, I am wondering for how long the analogue, paper network will keep on going.

Meanwhile all my received paper mail art survived so far. While in contrary much digital art may not survive eternally, for example because of change of email addresses, computer crashes, or change of website owners etcetera.

These thoughts, and the Mail Pigeon, I am sending to Ryosuke Cohen in Japan. Thanks to his connecting Brain Cell project, to my opinion he is one of the masters of the Eternal universe Network.

woensdag 15 juli 2015

Ode to a shoe

In contrary to many other women, I hate to go shopping for clothes and shoes and so.
As some others do, I prefer to walk into an art supply store, a book shop, and in former days, to places where they sell (sold) LP's and CD's. And musical instruments. Oh, and forgot to tell that toyshops also belong to my favourite stores :-)

Every now and then I have to buy new clothes or shoes. For me less than once a year. While the kids, who are growing, more often need new clothes. Fortunately they can look for clothes themselves while I am waiting in the cloths shop, humming and in the end paying. Meanwhile you can see me sitting, drawing, on a stool or bench if available, while the kids are trying their new-cloths-to-be in the fitting rooms. I have drawn a few pieces then, among them this shoe. I drew it after a black one, but as I wanted to send it to someone in the city of Nijmegen, suddenly I painted it green, red and black. These are the colours of the Nimwegian soccer club NEC.

The fish I carved at home, and I added it when I re-discovered a green-red inking pad which I had bought some time ago, when happily shopping for art supplies :-)

maandag 29 juni 2015

3 gekkos

I am much behind in replying to my received mail art!.. So each time that I'm sending out mail I feel happy (and relieved / less guilty). These three geckos took several weeks to a month to create. That is, the geckos themselves (or: 'no geckos', the outside lines :-) ) I drew within some minutes. However, to make the rest I had to find and use every spare minute available. In the waiting room at the dentist, while waiting at appointments, while driving in or waiting for the bus, metro, train, etcetera.
So, finally these are on their way. Coincidentally I've sent the three of them to the USA: to Keith, Phillip and Jack respectively.

maandag 15 juni 2015

Seas and tides

'Zee en getijden, zeemeeuw en flessenpost'. Gemaakt voor het 'Seas and tides' mail art project van Daniela Amaral Quadros op de Azoren, Portugal.
Zie voor meer mail art over 'Zeeën en getijden' Daniela's facebookpagina.

'Seas and tides, seagull and a message in bottle'. Created for the 'Seas and tides' mail art project of Daniela Amaral Quadros from the Azores, Portugal.
See for more mail art on 'Seas and tides' Daniela's facebook page on the subject.

zondag 14 juni 2015


Deze hermelijn is geïnspireerd door Ti Ar Raden, die me een faux postage postzegel stuurde waar een hermelijn op stond ('erminig' in het Bretons, weer wat geleerd!).

This hermelijn (or Stoat in English) I created for Ti Ar Raden. Ti Ar inspired me to do so by sending me an artistamp showing an erminig.

zaterdag 6 juni 2015

Air and earth mail

I drew a few pieces like this two-and-half years ago. I know the date because I scanned these in 2012, in October and November respectively. But to be honest, I don't remember to whom I've sent them!..
At least I know I've sent one to Ryosuke Cohen in Japan and he used it for his Brain Cell project. But the others? Lost in the post, or lost in the house, somewhere between my files and piles of paper?...

Time will tell :-)

maandag 11 mei 2015

Two crows in a row

Kraaien en hun familieleden behoren tot mijn favoriete vogels (tezamen met nog verschillende vogels meer), en toevallig waren er twee mensen die ik wel een kraai wilde sturen.

Crows (and their relatives) are among my favourite birds. This week there happened to be two people to whom I wanted to send mail art and who unconsciously 'invited' me to draw a crow for them.