Sent to Heleen (the Netherlands).
In fact, I've got this little red envelope from Bree, who lives in Malaysia. She explained me that during Chinese New Year married adults give unmarried friends and relatives a red-coloured envelope with some money on it. It is a tradition which is practised by all the Chinese in the world. It symbolises health and helps you to protect from bad things.
But I didn't send any money to my friend, but a little love letter brooch:
Brian Cell is a mail art project begun by Ryosuke Cohen in June 1985. The project is basically a networked art project where individual artists create their own 30x42 cm work of art with artist stamps, drawings, stickers and so on. This is sent to Cohen, who prints each cell - 150 copies each - with a Cyclostyle (now out of production). One copy is sent to the author, as well as other participants. New editions are published every 8 to 10 days. As of January 2011, there have been 811 issues (I think). You can see most of them in the blog Brain Cell Compilation.
Cohen described the origin of the project's name in 1985:
"Well, I’ll title my work “Brain Cell”, because the structure of a brain through a microscope looks like the diagram of the Mail Art network. Thousands of Neurons clung and piled up together are just like the Mail Art network, I believe."
|I've got two issues so far: nº 796 and 807|
Please send me your stamp design, rubber stamp, or 150 stickers or seals. I will print or paste these materials onto the A3 size paper, creating 150 sheets. I will then send a sheet back with a list of addresses to each participant. I will publish at intervals of 8 to 10 days at that time will include 60 people or so. Brain Cell is always seeking a change, does not intend to settle and care of it’s extension of the Network. So... don’t mail a lump of stuff for several issues. Please send them to me one issue at a time, Thank you!
Ryosuke Cohen c/o Brain Cell
City Osaka 570
I like mail people. I mean, people who is happy by opening the mail box and finding something on it; people who is thankful with every mail; people who waste their time doing mail art, or writing long letters, or finding the right postcard and stamp for everybody...
Sent by Riet and Marion (both from the Netherlands).
In older days, kids in the Netherlands learned to read with this book. I like the relationship between these postcards: the second one it's the first one through a magnifying glass.
The postcard with the complete alphabet is the very first I received through the Postcrossing site (in September 2008). And Heleen also sent me the matched stamps!
Received from Heleen (the Netherlands).
Three Christmas and New Year postcards I love (by Annelinde Tempelman and Frederike Evenblij owners of and designers at Studio 100%).
And I think she sent me three postcards instead of only one because she wish me a very very very happy New Year! I must say my favourite one is the third; because of the cup of tea, of course.