The United Queendom of Retailia

and The Front Door Gallery

Martha I in her coronation robes, painter unknown

The Shopping Trolley Gallery, before the Great Fire, and a loyal subject posting Mail Art, somewhere in Retailia.

Click on the eBook above and read about the United Queendom of Retailia, its history, its culture and its place in the global economy.


First Show - May 2015

In July 2014 I mounted the first show on my front door and since then there has been a steady stream of Mail Art finding it way through the letterbox up the door and getting stuck there, by magic. Truly, this Front Door Gallery has kept me happily busy with most days bringing Kevin the Superpostman with some decorated envelopes in his hand.
Even he gets Mail Art now but I am not jealous


The Front Door Gallery
A Real Door with Real Mail Art

I have published an eBook with all the art work sent to me since the beginning of 2015, which I show month by month on the door.

To read the book click its cover above. Click July Show PDF file to download it your computer.
These pictures are from the young artists that live in my street, shown during the Neighbourhood Summer Party


My other eBooks
I am slowly cataloguing and documenting my activities in Mail Art in a series of illustrated eBooks which you can read online or download as pdf files.
It is also possible to embed them in your own site or blog.

Click on the books to open them 

 My Mail Art adventures from 1996 to 2011 The art of Hudertwasser and a place I like to go to relax and make Mail Art
All the Mail Art I received during a year, which is now up there in the Clouds for ever All the Mail Art I received during a year, which is now up there in the Clouds for ever Artistamps made by Mail Artists
to celebrate the role of the Postal Services to Mail Art
A Mail Art show of small artworks
on the Shopping Trolley Gallery
Poems by Guido Vermeulen and a fairy story by MailArtMartha The photo album of an illustrious  visitor to the United Queendom


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    About Mail Art    
  last revised September 2014 the Year of the Horse

MAIL ART '... has no history, only a present'     Ray Johnson


  Mail Art is the present, the gift, of any artwork that can be sent by post. Handmade postcards, photocopies, computer prints, collages, paintings, drawings, constructions, found objects, anything you wish. Mail Art is whatever you want to make of it. Some people are very serious and work on themes related to saving the world, others just have fun, which also helps to save the world, at least from depression and despair. To join the network of mail artists the only thing you need to do is to answer an invitation and do some artwork yourself

  The organizing artist will send documentation of the event to all the participants, which will consist of some kind of report so senders would know what happened to their artwork.

  If you wish to join us go to my links and from there to one of the sites listed where invitations or calls are published and choose something that appeals to you. I am afraid that I tried to put calls up but could not find the time to keep up to date, so I am grateful to those of us who manage so well their sites. 

  After a while of answering calls you will start to receive invitations directly and then you will know you are part of the Eternal Network of Mail Artists too! Later on, if you like, you can initiate your own projects and post the invitations in these websites. You could have a place to show and then produce some form of documentation. Some people are lucky and have a place like a café, a shop, or manage to get a school involved but others show in very odd places, perhaps their hat or their front door. Also you can make  artists' books or make use of any other devise to collate the artwork received.

  I have shown Mail Art on many venues but the main one has been my shopping trolley, the Shopping Trolley Gallery - UK. I have also a bag dedicated to Mail Art, the Handbag Gallery, as back up. In time no amount of back up could help the STG because the amount of contributions to the projects became too much for it to carry so that resulted in it. Since then I have focused more on responding to calls rather than initiating projects, at least for a while.

   United Queendom of Retailia
   2012 Year of the Earthworm






















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