Statement written in 1986 by Ruud Janssen
The Mail-Art network always is looking for new ways to communicate in a creative way. From sender to received in whatever medium there is. The Internet and Facebook haven’t changed that.
Added a hardcopy Bitcoin to this paper and also some traditional values. Symbolic for the new ways for mail-art that old and new are now integrating and we don’t know which way things are heading. Will be funny to find out where this paper will travel too…… And what kind of traces are on it. I left a few of mine and now digitized it. The network will tell if it is still alive and kicking (or not).
I promissed Picasso Gaglione in USA some time ago to send him some prints of found rubberstamps. So this is the first start to keep that promis. As usual a decorated enveloppe and inside some small surprises for Picasso which I won’t spoil to much in this blog. Just one detail I will show here and that is a part of a few works I stamped for him:
This photo was always hanging on the wall at my mothers place. She herself is on the photo together with most of her brothers and sisters and also her parents, so my grandparents. My mothers name: Riet van Herpt, my fathers name: Herman Janssen. So I got my father’s name as it is usual. The van Herpt family side on this photo (my mother) is now almost gone. Last week I went to the funeral of my uncle, Sjef van Herpt, and with his death at age of 89 (on May 1st he would become 90), only one uncle (and brother of my mother) is now still alive.
This is the proud photo of the van Herpt family. My grandfather was a builder, and het built his own house for the family. He grounded the firm in 1928, and it was active till 1968. The Tongerlose Hoefstraat has a lot of memories connected to my grandfather. Have no memories of him though since he died too jung. But he left a lot of traces which i treasure.
Here below another photo that hung on the wall at my mothers place: the brothers and sisters (one is not on the photo) in Tilburg.
Just bought a large set of aquarel paints (van Gogh) to use for my new drawings. I made the desigh above to test the colouts I have and then started to test the individual colours to see how they look like.
That takes a while, but at the end I have a firm reference to how the colours look like when I want to use them or mix them.