Friday, 27 April 2007

Une autre de la part de Lydie!!! Elle me gâte!!!

"Flessenpost uit Terschelling"

This was my first envelope—with a real sea star sticked on it—for Christiane Berti in answer to her call for BLEU!

And she answered by this blue sending!

Seems that stockings are still in the picture!

Another sending to Roland Halbritter for his collection of socks, this time with real stockings around the envelope. The photo on the envelope shows a Jurgi Persoons' creation photographed by Ronald Stoops.
Since I learned from comments Roland formulated on his blog that he is "not a girl's leg fetishist nor a socks fetishist", I dared to send him these stockings that might be considered as more racy!
In return, he sent a pharaonic contribution to my still-not-announced mail_art project HELDINNEN (see


The w.e. before Easter, I was active on mail_art, inspired by YELLOW!

I made three envelopes, one to the arTension magazine and another to the Beaux Arts magazine (hereunder), and the third one to Renee Wagemans (above, but in reality the yellow was much more beautiful than the yellow on the photo!). As I wrote to Renee ("The Postman Always Rings Twice", I was happy to discover a Dutch woman active in mail_art (and other forms of expression, see her blogs "Words To Go With" and "Woordenspel").

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Shoes (no mention of socks or stockings...)

Shoes sent to Vincenzo Teriaca in Torino (Italia) in reaction on his "shoe gallery" mail_art call for these basic objects!
I used a style recently—and with much fun—developed in my collages.

Art postal et musical venant de la Venelle Offenbach !

Envoi de Marie-Pierre qui a aussi été contagiée par Lydie !

"Souriez vous etes filmée"!

... and Lydie came back, this time with a Parisian scene (02/03/07)

Een verdwenen wereld

Envelope sent 09/03/07 to Raluca Oana Baciu (Romania) in reaction on her mail_art call for "childhood" sendings.
I called my sending "Een verdwenen wereld" ("A vanished world", title of Roman Vishniac's famous book with photos of Jewish life in Eastern Europe at the beginning of the Nazi era).
Baciu asked to write some words about childhood, "first in your native language, then into English. Your text will be published in our school magazine". I wrote that, "in Dutch, my mother tongue, 'a vanished world' is called 'een verdwenen wereld'. For most adults, childhood is a vanished world, 'un monde disparu' (French), 'eine Verschwundene Welt' (German), 'a farshvundene velt' (Yiddish)—'o lume disparuta', in Romanian. For this little Jewish cheder* boy and his friends, kindly smiling and laughing on this photo from 1937-1938, adulthood probably never came, however. Their whole world, inner and outer, vanished when they still were children, and all this was due to the anti-Semitism of the German Nazis, who considered Jews as a separate 'race' and this 'race' was inferior, according to them. This led the Nazis—and their collaborators—to kill, between 1941 to 1945, in what is called the 'Holocaust' or the Shoah, approximately six million Jews, not only adults, but also children (in Romania, some 400,000 according to Matatias Carp - 'Holocaust in Romania. Facts and Documents On The Annihilation of Romania’s Jews 1940-1944', see This boy came from Vrchni Apsa in Carpatho-Ruthenia, which means, from what is now Hungary, thus very close to Rumania.
The photo I used on the front of this envelope is entitled 'A cheder boy. Vrchni Apsa, Carpatho-Ruthenia', about 1938. © Mara Vishniac Kohn, with the kind authorisation of the International Center of Photography, New York.
* Cheders (or 'heders') are, according to Wikipedia, 'traditional elementary schools or classes teaching the basics of Judaism and the Hebrew language.
Cheders were widely spread in Europe before the end of the 18th century. Lessons took place at the teacher's house, who was paid for by the Jewish community or by a group of parents. Normally, only boys would attend classes—girls were educated by their mothers in their homes. Boys of different ages were taught in a single group.
Boys entered cheder school at the age of about 5 years.' (from Wikipedia -"