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CALL ON ME: A Mail-Art Audio Project is A Go

Posted by jon foster on June 5, 2020 at 2:38pm 5 Comments

38 mail-artists called and left me a message about mail-art, here are their messages.


Here's who participated:

1.A.T.M.O.T.W. / 2. Bibiana Padilla Maltos / 3. Bonniediva / 4. Carmela Rizzuto / 5. Carmen Kennedy / 6. Catherine Mehrl Bennett / 7. Chorianopoulou Maria / 8. Crackerjack Kid / 9. Darja Mrdjen / 10. David Nadeau / 11. Ed Hanssen / 12. Edna… Continue

Incoming: michelangelo mayo, allison anne, jayne barket lyons, diana hale, and j lee

Posted by William M on June 5, 2020 at 1:03pm 0 Comments

A wonderful homage to Florian in the form of artistamps from Michelangelo. Being a fan of Kraftwerk especially happy to have some of these for myself.

The centerfold of a mini-zine from Allison. Feel lucky that this…


A small milestone

Posted by Carien van Hest on June 5, 2020 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Today I'll send my 100th piece of mail art. Oh boy, did I get involved in this time consuming and happy making activity! I love the creativity and originality presented in this community.

Number 100 will be for you, Thomas Brown!

Thanks to Kathy Barnett

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on June 5, 2020 at 12:37am 3 Comments

May 2020 post from USA.

Thanks to Kathy Barnett from…


Mail art & the Minneapolis Protests: Allison Anne's historic collage (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on June 4, 2020 at 7:59pm 0 Comments

Mail art by IUOMA member Allison Anne (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

June 4, 2020 - "Historic" is a word often considered antithetical to mail art. But this collage I am so fortunate to have received from artist and designer Allison Anne in Minnesota USA already resides in the…


FluXus Bucks from Ex Posto Facto

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 4, 2020 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

Yay, mail and funny munny arrives from Texas!

Already added to, and sending out,

actually returning these FluXus Bucks back to Julie

so they will not be delayed or lost in the overseas…


Bananas and Onions from Heleen

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 4, 2020 at 1:49pm 0 Comments

So good to see Heleen in the mail!

and with BANANA art , too!

On her art envelope and also this lovely watercolor painted card, too:…


info IUOMA

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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This is group for all general Mail-Art Projects. Includes a link to a blog where 99 authors publish their projects. Want to see all projects: follow the link for Website.Please only comments about mail-art projects or announcements. Other comments…See More
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Carmela Rizzuto commented on jon foster's blog post CALL ON ME: A Mail-Art Audio Project is A Go
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Mail art call or Event?

Hi phenom IUOMA folks! I've got an idea for a mail art show to inspire my incoming group of senior high-school students this fall. Do I post this as an event? Or a project? I'm just not quite clear as to how to best communicate my idea and call for…See More
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When they come back..

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Alan Brignull on Tuesday. 5 Replies

...what do you do with them?Every now and then a piece of ail art will come back to me with a notation such as Recipient has moved; or No such Address, or like that--it happens to everyone, right?Well, what do you do with a card that you've sent…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace on Sunday. 5 Replies

NOTA BENNY, i just posted the same message as a blog post; my befuddlement knows no bounds. f this is not good etiquette here, please cut a rank beginner a break, okay? thanks a zillon!thurs 03/09/2017 15:30THIS ISN'T MEANT AS A GRIPE OR…Continue

Starting a IUOMA mail art group

Started by Melanie Reed in PROBLEMS May 29. 0 Replies

I would like to start a surrealist group. How would I go about this?Continue


Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) May 27. 10 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

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Jenn Miltenberger May 22. 547 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. Last reply by Jenn Miltenberger May 18. 4 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 STEFAN BALOG in Other. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace May 8. 1 Reply

HOMAGE TO MAIL- ART   Collages on canvas, 100x200 cm, 2020      Created by:  Stefan Balog       790 stamps from 77 countries – 6 continents ( Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan,…Continue


Started by Carien van Hest in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Nancy Bell Scott May 4. 12 Replies

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

"planetins project"

Started by Bruno Cassaglia in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bruno Cassaglia Apr 22. 4 Replies

With "planetins project", I would like to bring my work of Mail Art to maximum freedom, go beyond the theme projects, and send as much as possible to mail artists. This is to complete a network of contacts which I already started in 1980. a…Continue





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