The United Queendom of Retailia

This web site will disappear on April 29 because Virgin Media has stopped providing me with free space, I am very sorry about this. I am in The International Union of Mail Artists which you  need to join to see our profiles.


But anybody can open and download the eBooks which can be found in:


Happy New Year of the Monkey part of mail-art...

stripygoose made a bird mail-art postcard every day for a year... and you can receive a randomly-selected original in the post. First come, first served.

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Optional donation via paypal to to help with the postage and for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Thank you!


International Union of Mail-Artists

see all 365 birds here:



Deadline May 1st 2016


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 all about the United Queendom; its history, its culture and its place in the global economy.


         End of the  Year Show
               December 2015 - January 2016
The Front Door Gallery
A Real Door
Real Mail Art

I have published an eBook with all the art work sent to me from January to July 2015, which I have shown month by month on my front door.

 This was a happy six months of Mail Art finding its way through the letterbox up the door and getting stuck there, as if by magic. Nice if it had really been by magic but it took a lot of my time, mainly expended in administration, leaving little for creation. To make matters worse lately lots of work have dropped in my Not Mail Art In-Tray so, regrettably, I had to give up the Gallery.
From then on I have concentrate in the creation of art and in networking with all my old mail artist friends and with every new one that I chance to meet in the Mail Art highroad.

In December I thought why not show one piece from each artist that had sent me their artwork during 2015. On the left is the end of the year show.

Thank you to you all!



My Free for All 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.

Click on the covers to open them 
 Once a eBook is open clicking Share under the eBook leads to buttons to link to it, to download it as a pdf or to  embed it in a blog or web site.

Two new books
A month in the life of a suburban field mouse    The story of two dolls I made.

My Mail Art adventures from 1996 to 201


The art of Hudertwasser
and a place I like to go
 to relax and make Mail Art


All the Mail Art I received from January to July 2015, as shown month by month on my front door.
All the Mail Art I received from July 2012 to July 2013 All the Mail Art I received from July 2013 to July 2014 Artistamps made by Mail Artists to celebrate the role of the Postal Services in Mail Art

A Mail Art show of small artworks
on the Shopping Trolley Gallery


Poems by Guido Vermeulen and a fairy story by MailArtMartha, introduced by Gianni Simone The photo album of an illustrious  visitor to the United Queendom


Contact me:


    About Mail Art    
  Last revised September 2014, the Year of the Horse or in the Queendom, the Year of the Horsefly

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

(It was the Year of the Dragon in another reality)






















hits since 9 october 2012