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Inspirational dining with a modern twist

Posted by stripygoose on November 22, 2014 at 11:56am 4 Comments

Dean has nailed it completely with this one that arrived this morning. Paris to London, no packaging - hand-delivered by the postman (who was…


received: magnetic mail

Posted by FinnBadger on November 21, 2014 at 7:11pm 3 Comments

I received this unusual 'naked' item in the mail from France.

And the back - a travel checkers game! And a great piece of airmail tape.…



Posted by Erni Bär on November 21, 2014 at 3:59pm 3 Comments

Herr DADANAUTIK from Bremen seems to be in very good shape again, and that's good. This was in my letterbox today:…


Jay Block: Cela ne veut banane

Posted by Dean aka Artist in Seine on November 21, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I was amazed by Jay's French culture.  Not even most French people know about this phrase.  It's a quote from général Bonaparte aka Napoléon I…


Katerina Nikoltsou: Happy interNational Banana apprecation day

Posted by Dean aka Artist in Seine on November 21, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

Right on time, Bananas, Buns & yarn.

This Banana little number came right in time for interNational Banana apprecation day on the 18th of November.  The Banana group celebrates it every year with a Mail Art Call for Banana art.…


Stripygoose Sue: One from the Two Chickens series

Posted by Dean aka Artist in Seine on November 21, 2014 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Doctor Who?  Banana Who?  Chickens Who?   Yes, that's the way to go in the banana group. …



Posted by Erni Bär on November 21, 2014 at 12:18pm 4 Comments

The man is good for a creative surprise at any time. What I received today from him is really very, very good:…


Investigative Mail-Art: Postal Worker Answers DK’s Hard Questions (edited by DeVillo Sloan)

Posted by DKULT on November 20, 2014 at 9:34pm 19 Comments

On behalf of mail-artists everywhere, DK conducted an in-depth interview with a former postal worker who achieved a high career rank in the USA mail system. DK’s source, now retired, agreed to answer all the gloves-off questions on the grounds that her identity is kept anonymous. The result is an insider view of the postal system with a close look at issues that impact the mail-art community.

DK: Since you work for the post office, can I do a…


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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........


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This is a place to explore all things trashpo (Trash Poetry)and found objects.  Trashpo is 1) economical 2) environmentally responsible and 3) challenging. It's a great way to repurpose all the trash that our planet is buried in!
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Carmela Rizzuto left a comment for Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)
"Hi Katerina--I picked up my mail art today. Thank you for remembering me. Your card has been added to my IUOMA photo stream and will be blogged soon at http://decordisart.blogspot.com/ PS: I like how you used both positive and negative circles in…"
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When I was preparing this mail to send to two Orange lovers, I found out that there still is no IUOMA-group for Orange lovers.So here it is! If Orange is your favourite colour, and if you want to share Orange mail with the world: join!(by the way, my favourite colour is Turquoise...)See More
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Morning Star Poles photos inspired by Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".

Started by Valentine Mark Herman in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman yesterday. 3 Replies

I have been working on a series of Aboriginal-type Morning Star Poles for a few weeks, and have just completed the first series of 18 that will be included in my forthcoming "Masques" (Masks) Exhibition.Last night I listened to Mike Oldfield's…Continue

Organizing incoming MailArt

Started by Ti Ar Raden in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ti Ar Raden on Wednesday. 5 Replies

How do you organize your incoming MailArt:- in binders or boxes or... for the old pieces- on display boards or framed or... for the recent pieces- in chronological order, by artist, by call?For those of you who hold events, what are your…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Tulio Restrepo Nov 15. 386 Replies

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

Open Call by Mark Bloch

Started by Jennifer Kosharek in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by liketelevisionsnow Nov 11. 1 Reply

OPEN CALLAnnouncing the Cavellini in New York City Mail Art Show. No fees, no restrictions, open to all, artist and non-artist alike. Any size, any medium. Deadline: November 14, 2014. Send to "The NYC Cavellini 2014 Mail Art Show" c/o PAN, Mark…Continue

Interested in a Collab Book?

Started by jon foster in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by jon foster Oct 28. 6 Replies

The first ten people to volunteer will be included in this project. I will mail to…Continue


Started by Valentine Mark Herman in Other. Last reply by Prairie Kittin Oct 22. 14 Replies

The following story appeared in today's UK "Daily Telegraph":COCK-A- DOODLE OOH.... A MAN WHO SUFFERED FOR HIS ARTA South African performance artist who tied a live rooster to his penis during an impropmtu open-air show near the Eiffel Tower was…Continue




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