Call for Mail Art: Your Doctor Mail-Art-ified!

What's Your view on your Doctor?

Is he/she a good help to you and do you feel blessed by having this good health care giver? Or are you afraid, angry, bored and/or distrusting whenever you visit your doctor?

Or is he/she invisible to you as until now you didn't need medical care at all?

For this online exhibition I'm looking for mail art which shows your opinion about your doctor. A portrait, a situation, certain objects or whatever, as long as it shows your thoughts and/or feelings about him/her.

All 2D media by snail mail are welcomed, minimum postcard size (10x15 cms), maximum A4 (20x30 cms).

No jury, no fee, no return. All entries about doctors will be published here.

maandag 19 december 2011


Not only doctors can be depicted in mail art, also correspondence from and to someone’s doctor can be turned into mail art.

Robin sent mail art from the USA to his doctors in Germany, to say ‘Thank you’ for a favour they had done for him.
I received these copies of his original mail art for the Your Doctor in Mail Art project:

Concerning the keyboard, one of Robin’s jobs is working in IT in Germany. Part of the job is recycling old hardware. And of course an important goal in life for defective hardware is to be turned into art.

On Robin's blog you can see several works of art, mail art as well as sculptures or jewellery.
Posted hardware can be for instance this postcard or an i-Book [text in German*].

Besides sending hardware, an other ongoing project by Robin is sending money by mail. Depending on the bill, the country and the leniency of the postal service, sometimes it is altered, sometimes laminated to stiffen it. The ‘thank you’ banknote you see above is an example of the latter.

Check Robin's website for updates.

Thanks, messi, vielen Dank, Robin!

[* for non-German speakers, try a combination of for instance Babelfish and Translate-Google to doublecheck, as online translators on their own sometimes provide us of weird translations.]

zaterdag 5 november 2011

"E" (3)

The third Doctor by "E" from Utopia!

Below shows proof of the fact that "E" might be a real doctor himself: I cannot read the text, so this definitely is a Doctor's Handwriting.
Or would it be Utopian language? (Or should I buy new glasses?) Anyone who can read/translate the words below, feel free to write it to me!

"E" has several mail art projects, among them: "Send me your soul", "Is there life before death?", and the Galerie des Mona.
And "E" is working on an immense and good job: bringing together all Brain Cell life forms of Ryosuke Cohen (who issued 804 forms so far).

"E" also is embassador of Utopia, which is very close to our homes (the stamps below proof it's local post).
Maybe we could get the Utopian nationality.

Merci beaucoup, "E"!

maandag 10 oktober 2011


"My doctor is very kind
and even doesn't really
look like a doctor..."

Beautiful drawing made and sent by Els from the Netherlands.

Hartelijk dank, Els, voor deze mooie verrassing!

zaterdag 10 september 2011

Postcard (2)

Although this Mail Art blog is meant for works of postal art created by the senders themselves, some printed postcards just have to be added to this Your-Doctor-in-Mail-Art collection.
Postcrosser Darya sent this great cartoon from Russia. This is exact one of the images I had in mind when I started this mail art project.
I hope Darya won't attend a doctor like this (or this, one other creation by the same cartoonist...). Even though the text не болей means 'don't have a pain!', and Выздоравливай means 'get well!'...

The cartoon has been made by the Russian illustrator Владимир Камаев (Vladimir Kamaev), also known as Soamo.
More cartoons by him you can find here and here.
Kamaev's website is

Спасибо, Darya!

zaterdag 28 mei 2011

"E" (2)

Although doctors have to make their patients feel comfortable, sometimes the doctor makes you shiver. "E" sent such a doctor two months ago.
And now the colleague reached this blog!

Still I don't know whether this doctor looks so upset because of the patient's diagnosis, or that he just is overworked and wants to keep new patients out.
Or maybe he's just watching 'Thriller', in his spare time.

"E" has two new mail art projects: 'Send me your soul' and 'Is there life before death?'. More information you can find on E's blog.

Merci beaucoup, "E", pour ce médecin singulier!

zondag 15 mei 2011


As an exception on this website I show you a received postcard which wasn't intentioned by the makers as mail art.

This postcard I received from Lidia, and you see a book cover made by Hans Borrebach in 1960. Hans Borrebach (1903-1991) was a versatile artist, as not only an illustrator but also photographer, fashion drawer and cartoonist.
More about his life and work you can read and see on the websites and Wikipedia (in Dutch language, a short translation you find here).
More book covers/postcards by Hans Borrebach you find here.

The reasons to include this postcard in the Your Doctor in Mail Art project, are the following:
- This was one of the images I had in mind when I started this project, and the image is very apposite,
- This postcard shows Art and this Art is transformed (by Art Unlimited) into a Mail object, so it is Mail Art!
- The sender is an excellent mail artist, see for instance her earlier contribution to YDiMA here.
- On the back side a Real mail art item made by Lidia, this apposite mail art stamp!

Hartelijk dank, Lidia!

dinsdag 1 maart 2011

"E" (1)

One of the main things which to my opinion are important when visiting a doctor, is that the doctor not only is capable and has knowledge about all diseases and illnesses, but also that he/she makes you feel comfortable enough to have you tell about the reason of your visit.

"E" from Utopia succeeds in creating a doctor who makes me run away screaming (and who makes me think of that movie which I never want to see anymore because it was too frightening).
At least this doctor's got postal brains, so that's positive!
After all I hope "E" will have had good experiences visiting this doctor.

The backside contains a beautiful stamp of the Ambassade d'Utopia. I guess it must have been one mailman who put a line through this and then wrote the address again. As at this other beautiful work of art the back side was empty.

Merci beaucoup, "E", for this wonderful, wondering (and ominous) doctor!