Mail Art Makes the World a Town – Edition 15

Mail Art Makes the World a Town

At Edition I5 I chose to change the format of the Zine for a few reasons. Firstly, postage charges are outrageous – sending 24 large format zines overseas was becoming ridiculous. Plus, I think our post office system will soon be declaring itself bankrupt. The repercussions of this are enormous. Secondly I was keen to put the zine SOMEWHERE. With this new format, this assembly book now fits into An Encyclopedia of Everything.


  • Jürgen Olbrich – Germany
  • Torill Elizabeth Larsen – Norway
  • TICTAC – Germany
  • Tiziana Baracchi – Italy
  • Karen Alekyan – Armenia
  • Miguel Jimenez – Spain
  • Vittore Baroni – Italy
  • Wolfgang Guenther – Germany
  • Erich Sundermann – Austria
  • Marie Wintzer – Japan
  • Katerina Nikoltsou – Greece
  • Angela Behrendt – Germany
  • Svenja Wahl – Germany
  • Rod Summers – Netherlands
  • Reed Altemus – USA
  • Ficus Strangulensis – USA
  • Samuel Montalvetti – Argentina
  • Thorsten Fuhrmann – Germany
  • Peter Müller – Germany
  • Cheryl Penn – South Africa
  • Mail Art Makes the World a Town. An Encyclopdia of Everything. Cheryl Penn


FINALLY – some books which are stacking fast in my office

These are all blogged on

Shaw-Williams, Ruth (UK)  3.0 # 16 (Just my Type)

3.0 # 16 - Ruth Shaw-Williams  - An Encyclopedia of Everything

Nartuhi, Kathleen (USA)  3.0 # 16 (From A – F)

Kathleen Nartuhi 3.0 # 16 (From A - F) An Encyclopedia of Everything

Rastello, Martine (France)  3.0 # 16 (Dot the i’s… and cross the t’s)

Martine Rastello 3.0 # 16 (Dot the i’s… and cross the  t’s) An Encyclopedia of Everything

TURNBULL, Stephanie (UK)  3.0 # 16 (NEW YORK NEW YORK)

3.0 # 16 - Stephanie Turnbull - An Encyclopedia of Everything.

3.0 # 16 (Yr Wyddor Gymraeg)

3.0 # 16 -  Stephanie Turnbull - An Encyclopedia of Everything

Catalogue – Books 450 – 500 – An Encyclopedia of Everything

Many thanks to those of you who contributed to Books 450 – 500 of An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version. This part of the catalogue is available for download (or curiosity value!) on the international Archive and Issuu. See the following links:


New Books – An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

Taking Heed According to Thy Word

Book 500 of An Encyclopedia of Everything.

I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to concentrate. Life presses in and its demands are most times overwhelming. The important things suffer mostly, and in the maelstrom we take too much for granted, expecting that what we have is a right, not a privilege. The quiet time afforded at the Ecclesia is a blessing I try not to take for granted, and the talks, seminars and lectures are an oasis, which can also be neglected/taken for granted. I write copious notes during this time and the Taking Heed According to Thy Word series is by far the biggest in An Encyclopedia of Everything. I think it’s about 15 books now.

This book covers the period of the Judges, where the lesson of sound leadership can be terribly neglected, the danger of using careless words through the examples of Laban and Balaam the Syrians, the building of the image empire of Daniel 2 in the latter days, and a really excellent lecture given by Dr David Fraser on Science and the Bible – a paraphrase could be – Is God Relevant?   Some interesting propositions came from this discourse. For example; does God only begin where science ends/can God and science co-exist/are science and God diametrically opposed ideologies? David contrasted scientists such as Prof Peter Higgs (Nobel prize winner 2013 – atheist) and Prof William Phillips (Nobel prize winner 1997). Both these men are unified on science, but are separated by their world view.

He went on to discuss Sir Isaac Newton and Prof Stephen Hawking who both held the same Chair, though 300 years apart and how their world views are completely different. Many examples of the fine minds of this world were compared and an overriding point for me became – mankind through science can work out all the How’s of creation, but the Why’s elude him if he is looking in the wrong direction.

This book also has notes on the different names and titles of God and their meanings, as well as a very interesting examination of the theory of evolution. It concludes with the start of notes on the Immanuel Prophesies and the birth of Mahershalalhashbaz.

Taking Heed According to Thy Word. Unique Artists Book. Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything



Where I’m At (Once and Again)

Unique Book, Where I’m At series, accordion bound, spine from Jans Bottom Drawer Series. Looking back over this subject (I think this is Book 9 in the series), I see some things change, but many do not.Recap – these are autobiographical books, but not in the traditional sense. I’m not particularly keen on autobiographies – they’re more records of creative process. There has not been much time for scribbling as has  been my custom, on large paper sheets, so I cut up one of the prints from  Jans Bottom Drawer series to form the spine of the book.  I get the feeling that An Encyclopedia of Everything may be drawing to a close as a project – and 500 books seems a good number to end on. But, by its very nature I don’t think it will ever END, but its slowed down considerably. One of the reasons is my penchant for change, perhaps.  Working for 3 years in volumes this size has at least rekindled my  interest in working on large surfaces once more. The book contains this  process as well as reflections on where I find myself right now, sometimes    awash in the vicissitudes of life, nevertheless standing firm in faith.

Where I'm At.  Cheryl Penn.  An Encyclopedia of Everything - the Expanded Version

So, how was your day?

Book of aleatory poetry – edition of 9 chapbooks, 1 book.

standing there,

it came to me

the order we woke up in.


its always with hindsight isn’t it.

(marvelous subatomic stuff)


the realization of

WHAT she’d done.

don’t be too hard

that was another time

another leader

trying to save

everything that happened

too late.

For full version of poem see:

SO, how was YOUR day? Aleatory poetry, Cheryl Penn, An Encyclopedia of Everything

Mail Art (Starting Backwards) Vol 3. (Odd pieces, mainly relating to The Ghost Writer) – An Encyclopedia of Everything

Mail Art - Starting Backwards. Vol 3. Cheryl Penn. Unique Artists book. An Encyclopedia of Everything

Creativity is truly a strange animal. It ebbs and flows with mood, interests, current influences – anything which one assimilates with a receptive attitude. The ideas may fascinate for a while, sparking unexpected offshoots, before dwindling and dying. But ideas never die I don’t think. As I relook at some of the creative outworking’s in this book, some of which are over 4 years old, I am urged to rework them, to see how my current mode of thinking will expand (or not) their execution. The original idea came after watching The Ghost Writer – a movie starring Ewan McGregor. He may have finished the memoirs of a Prime Minister, but the Ghostwriter of this book chases the idea of a woman through time, his dreaming intermittently disrupted along the way. He never finds her of course – life is not Hollywood after all.

Mail Art - Starting Backwards. Vol 3. Cheryl Penn. Unique Artists book. An Encyclopedia of Everything.

An Encyclopedia of Everything – Mail Art (Starting Backwards) Vol 2.

Mail Art (Starting Backwards) Vol 2.

One thing I have discovered is that there are actually far more paintings Cut-Up than those I have documented. There are no pieces left of some as they were used as accordion book spines for various projects. A large part of the paintings from #’s 85 – 91 concern my preoccupation with asemic writing.  # 85 was part of an ongoing series I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it. The text explores the nuances (or not) of written language. The text reads:

Blue-Black Semantic had been stationery for over 2 days, silently evaluating the person of Probability Theory. As a random subset of Planes in the Boolean Fields, it was difficult to set activity parameters for further moves forwards (or backwards for that matter). The Continuum of Percolation was serving no one any good, least of all the Curious B.

That’s the difficulty with theoretical bounds of information capacity – the Grammar Rules were unruly and generally extremely excitable (something to do with compound possession?). Further problems were alternative subjects and verb agreement – no wonder the Curious B. had wandered off with a tattered and battered map indicating overlapping sets of realizations.

Mail Art (Starting Backwards) Vol 2. Cheryl Penn.  An Encyclopedia of Everything - the Expanded Version.