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From: Petrolpetal (0031-0220)

Posted by Jayne Barket Lyons on March 28, 2020 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

It's awfully annoying to get mail that's been butchered by the postal service - especially a piece of mail art.

​Well, you know what they say, "Sh*t Happens!" Yes, it does happen, but you can't help thinking about the time and care that went into making the mail…


Mail from Taiwan!

Posted by Carien van Hest on March 28, 2020 at 4:41pm 0 Comments

Great stamps, William M!


Posted by Valentine Mark Herman on March 28, 2020 at 4:03pm 0 Comments


Please look at the Arty Slide International Group which I started in 2012. It was as Mini as I could think of then. We held 2 good Slide Art exhibitions in France. I still have the Arty Slides (somewhere!) that IUOMA colleagues contributed. Bianca has died, alas. I have gained a Stidio and moved to bigger bits of art.

Here is the text that started it all:…


Once a year mail from James Chester

Posted by Heide Monster on March 28, 2020 at 12:34pm 0 Comments

An origami folded envelope/MA arrived from James.  The inside is a calendar page with lovely bits of paper glued down.  Could be a comment on the current lockdown, maybe just a visual image.  Thank you for the intriguing design!

mail art from denise souray

Posted by marlies wilding on March 27, 2020 at 7:53pm 0 Comments

many thanks for this terrific envie!  love her attitude!!  mail is coming to you this week!

A time for Collaboration

Posted by Adam Roussopoulos on March 27, 2020 at 6:30pm 6 Comments

During this time of social distancing and quarantine I have been looking for more projects to keep myself busy. My son Jackson who is 11 years old has been spending substantially more time drawing. I walked into is room a week back and saw these fantastic monster drawings he was doing on post it notes.  I snatched one unbeknown to him and decided to turn it into a rubber stamp. I was THRILLED with the result! I showed him and he was so excited, asking, if I keep drawing monsters, will you…


Artistamps from Adam Roussopoulos

Posted by Carmen Kennedy on March 27, 2020 at 3:20pm 0 Comments

I will never think of Boondocks in the same way.

Adam included a transcript from his family history which brought these stamps to life. Thanks for sharing with me, Adam.

Received from Stan Askew - Hawaii

Posted by arttower on March 27, 2020 at 7:11am 0 Comments

Thank you Stan…


Nancy Bell Scott's Mail Art

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on March 27, 2020 at 3:10am 2 Comments

Oh it's such a special day when Nancy Bell Scott's art hits my mailbox! Gorgeous! Thanks so much, Nancy!

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Somehow people always think that if a group of artists work together that then there must automatically be some kind of organisation that coordinates it all. Well, in mail art there are many groups working together. These groups themselves also work together, but there is NO organisation that arranges all the things that go on in the mail art network. The I.U.O.M.A. is the Union that mail artists can become a member of. The Union has no rules. Everybody who is active in mail art and hears about the Union can become a member just by saying so.

In 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. I invented this name and made forms for people to become a member of this (fictive) union. About 300 mail artists reacted in a year, and official membership cards were made, even a official Union Magazine was published. Anybody who was a member of the Union could also claim a special function within the Union.

Even today, people still join the Union. And somehow it gives power, to say that YOU are a member of the International Union too. The Main address of the Union is at the TAM-address, P.O.Box 1055, 4801 BB - Breda - Netherlands. It is just the center for archiving all the things that are going on. But I am not in control of the Union. I just invented it. And to make it official, I made myself General-President of this Union. Sure was impressive when I travelled to the USSR in 1991 and went to visit some friends there who were also members of this Union........

Today online on Ning there are thousands of members. On December 2nd 2018 the 5000th member joined in.


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Fundraising Campaign for the Carrara Anarchist Printing Press

Started by MoriceMarcuse in Other. Last reply by maha on Thursday. 1 Reply

Dear all,It is to let you know that a fundraising campaign has been launched by the Cooperativa Tipolitografica, the anarchist printing workshop in Carrara (Italy), for urgent refurbishing works which are needed in its building.Those who wish to…Continue

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Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Lindsay Stewart on Wednesday. 540 Replies

I think, it would be very imteresting to have a mailing list of all of us.

Back Back Back again after a long break!

Started by Lindsay Stewart in Mail-Art Discussions on Wednesday. 0 Replies

HI FOLX! I took a long break off of mail art (5-7 years) but I’m back with a reignited passion for  sending and receiving weird shit in the mail. I haven’t stopped making in the past years and I have a couple “ADD N’ PASS” projects that I’d love to…Continue


Started by Carien van Hest in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Heide Monster Mar 23. 9 Replies

Is there a list of abbreviations concerning mail art?A&PATCMAand so on. Please help me out.Continue

Making Artists and Mail art enthusiasts in VA - call for work

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by LATRILLE MARTINE Mar 11. 3 Replies

My high school art students are making some cool collages and ATCs and are loving the idea of swapping mail art. We'd love to do a semester-long swap and collect mail art to curate a mail art show for our New Kent Celebrate the Arts event May 2nd.…Continue


Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jade H Mar 10. 7 Replies

Not my own project, but one I've just signed up for. It's limited to the UK, though.CALL-OUT: Be part of our…Continue

What’s your favorite kind of mail-art?

Started by Cherub Ayers in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by The Artful Writer Mar 3. 16 Replies

Hello, what are your favorite types of mail art to receive? What is your leave favorite kind?Continue

Got tips for cheapest ways to send mail art internationally?

Started by nonimouse in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bradford Feb 28. 23 Replies

Hey, Y'all~Is anyone out there willing to share your wisdom about sending mail art internationally?  I went to the post office yesterday with 9 pieces to send, and came back home with 2 that I hoped to send to Germany & Brazil.Combined they…Continue


Started by Mikula Lüllwitz in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Feb 25. 2 Replies

Dear Mail Art Family,does anyone of you out there know of any projects or literature dealing with the connection of MAIL ART and ART PEDAGOGICS ? Maybe there are pedagogues who read these lines... and maybe someone of you already brought MAIL ART…Continue

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Mail Art Calls?

Started by kiyotei in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Feb 16. 3 Replies

Haven't been here in a while. Where is it appropriate to post MA Calls?ThanksContinue





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