Thursday, April 25, 2013

Part of the 2012 Exhibit

I just came across this view of part of the exhibit from 2012. Look at all of the wonderful pieces. I still have many to scan and post. Keep tuned to this blog!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

4 skulls from Australia

A group of four cut out skulls sealed in plastic were received for the event. They are all from Australia, all use the same template for the skull but are decorated differently. They all have different return addresses. Only one has an e-mail so they can be notified. One is identified as by Field Study, one by Makae, one by Lilly Red, and one by Gozsho. The last one will receive an e-mail and hopefully notify the other participants. These are very nice skulls. They are 6" high.

Manfred Heinze, Germany and Nico van Hoorn, the Netherlands

Manfred Heinze

Nico van Hoorn
Manfred's entry is title "Self with Cells" and is paper with lacquer on paper. He lives in Berlin and his work can be seen at

Nico van Hoorn lives in Nijmegen. More of his work can be seen at

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dragan Jukic, Germany and Robert Znajomski, Poland

Dragan Jukic

Robert Znajomski
Dragan lives in Bad Aibling, Germany.  The "X" in the eye and the two lines coming out of the skull are actually staples. Very cool skull.
Robert lives in Leczna, Poland. He collaged a photo of a skull onto the background then used a marker (Sharpie) for the border. The border really makes the skull appear dimensional.

JRDX, La-Vella, Andorra

From Andorra

Even though the address on each of these cards was in very stylized writing, the postal systems managed to get it to the museum in Philadelphia, USA. Amazing. The artist is Julien and he lives in Andorra. I'm thrilled because I've seen many beautiful stamps from Andorra, but have never recieved any mail art from that small country. I'm glad Julien sent us two skulls.

Alexander Limarev, Novosibirsk, Russia and RCBz, St. Cloud, MN, USA

Alexander Limarev
 Alexander sends his skull and rose to us from Novosibirsk, Russia. They traveled a long distance and I'm glad to finally post them here.

I put these two images together because of the flower connection. The hydrangeas & skull came from St. Cloud, Minnesota. I'm not sure of the correct name but it's either RCBz or COSMolene. In any case, this appears to be a digital photo montage. Skulls and flowers, quite nice.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dewi, Ontario, CANADA

Dewi creates some of the most amazing, small, ink drawings. He entered these small skull/face pieces as well as some tiny, moveable skeletons. His work can be seen on the 365 Mail Art blog, here.

NOTICE: in the previous post, errors! The deadline is 28 May 2013. I had inadvertently put the deadline in the past. To those who noticed, thanks for letting  me know, so that I could make the correction.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013





The third annual Skull Appreciation Day event will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 31 May 2013 from 6 pm – 9 pm, at the The International Museum of Surgical Science.

On 4 June, Mail Art entries will move to Design Cloud . Where it will be on view during the evening.

Show your appreciation for skulls. Send your entry as soon as possible as we have a short deadline this year.

All entries will be exhibited in the museum during the event.

Send your Mail Art to:

 Skull Appreciation Day Mail Art
c/o Vanessa Ruiz
1033 W. 14th Place Unit 220
Chicago, IL 60608

Standard postcard size – 4” x 6” (10.5 cm x 14.8 cm)
 Please include your information on the reverse: name, address, e-mail address, website/blog if any.

 Family Friendly please
28 May 2013

No fee, no jury, no return, after the exhibit, works will be documented on the blog –

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mandem, Tallahassee, FL, USA

This scan doesn't do this entry justice. It's a painting on a wood block, the size of a standard postcard. Beautifully done, with a textured surface. You can read more about this artist here.

Cherrie Dittmn, Wyoming, USA and Vincent Pidone, Kingston, NY, USA

Vincent Pidone

Cherrie Dittman
Mr. Pidone's entry is encaustic with collage on paper. It's surface is silky to the touch. You can read more about him here.
Ms. Dittman's work is a good opposite partner. Her entry is ink on handmade paper and it's texture is quite pronounced. 

Michalis Kotsaris, Etoliko, Greece and Roberto Scala, Massa Lubrense, Italia

Michalis Kotsaris

Roberto Scala
I like posting these two entries together. I think they complement each other nicely. Michalis' blog is here.  You can see more work by Scala here.

Mohd Nidham, Sultanate of Oman

Mohd Nidham is a stamp designer for Oman Post. It's exciting to receive mail from him. You can see more about him here and here.

David Mohallatee, Richmond, KY, USA

Exquisite Corpse Skull-897PKL234

Exquisite Corpse Skull-L234
David submitted 4 of these interactive, Exquisite Corpse pieces. They can be moved by way of the brass tack in the center. The skull on one of them was 2 rats skulls. These were quite detailed.

Servane Morel, Bruzelles, Belgique & Andrew Small, Lancaster, PA, USA

Servane Morell
Andrew Small

These two entries work well posted together. Both using bold lines for their skulls. I like that in one there is complexity with the skulls, and in the other, they are done minimally but with the complexity above them. Really nice.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Carolyn Oord/Kerosene, Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

 On reverse, Carolyn wrote: "Happy Skull Appreciation Day!!"
 This is a mini postcard. On the reverse it says "Yippee!"
The reverse has "Congratulations" written on it.

Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff, Albany, NY, USA

A collage of stickers from Carola in Albany, NY.

Enzo Salanitro - Catania, Italia and Francesco Marzetti - Pescara, Italia

Enzo Salanitro - Catania, Italia
Francesco Marzetti - Pescara, Italia

BIG apology!

Hello to all followers, SKULL lovers, and participants in the 2012 Skull-a-day Mail Art call. My apologies for not posting your wonderful entries in a timely manner. My trusty scanner of many years, gave out. My new scanner is in another location and I lost my momentum, then life got in the way. So sorry, but I'm on it now. So here come the entries, a few at a time, and not in order of receipt, as they were sent to me to copy in a big container as they'd been removed from the exhibit. Again, my apologies to all participants.

This fabulous skeleton x-ray is from Adamandia in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
You can see one of her blogs here.
This fine skull is from Lynn Radford, in New Brighton, PA. You can see of her here.