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Happy Mail from Kayenderes, Sabela Bana, Discoflux and David Stafford!

Posted by Norma Soulet on February 21, 2019 at 2:51am 0 Comments

From Kayenderes: A lovely fabric Valentine's Day postcard. Love it.

From Sabela Bana from Spain: a cute postcard of sweet animals.

From Discoflux: Her Valentine exchange.…

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Incoming: Katerina N. and Jean Paul P.

Posted by William M on February 20, 2019 at 5:23pm 0 Comments

a nice little collage/painting from katerina.



some ATCs from Jean Paul…

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Personals Ad by Allen Ginsberg

Posted by MaoMao on February 20, 2019 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

[I love that in this original version of the poem, there was an address at the bottom, and it was Allen Ginsberg's personal postal address. I sometimes wonder if this post box still exists, or if they had to cancel it because the new owners keep getting mail from people touched by Ginsberg's poetry?]

"I will send a picture, too

if you will send me one…

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Received from JIMMY CONNORS

Posted by MaoMao on February 20, 2019 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Fun postcard by Jimmy Connors, who thinks outside the box...I really like that.

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received from CASCADIA ARTPOST

Posted by MaoMao on February 20, 2019 at 8:55am 0 Comments

Mandible, from Cascadia Artpost...and kitty cat artistamp, Bud. …20190220_142415

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Received from BARBARGIRL

Posted by MaoMao on February 20, 2019 at 8:30am 0 Comments

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Incoming from Jimmy Connors

Posted by William M on February 20, 2019 at 7:22am 0 Comments

I received mail art of Fleur Helsingor

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on February 19, 2019 at 11:10pm 0 Comments

I received mail art of Fleur Helsingor from Oakland, USA.

Thanks to Fleur!

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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MaoMao commented on MaoMao's blog post Personals Ad by Allen Ginsberg
"Debra I'm so happy you liked it. My brain stores away little pieces of useless trivia and junk like this. It's got a semi-eidetic memory (my brain), but not in a way that's useful, or made me rich LOL"
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Happy Mail from Kayenderes, Sabela Bana, Discoflux and David Stafford!

From Kayenderes: A lovely fabric Valentine's Day postcard. Love it.From Sabela Bana from Spain: a cute postcard of sweet…See More
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Norma Soulet left a comment for David Stafford
"Hi David, I received your wonderful magazine pages! Thank you so much. It is so much fun to look at all of them. I will be mailing the amount for postage on Friday! Norma"
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tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE left a comment for Bradford
"Thank you for noticing.  The "Stencil Craze", as it was known in BalTimOre, really did have solidarity amongst its participants.  Most or all of us knew each other & 'had each other's backs'.  "
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De Villo Sloan posted photos
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Bradford left a comment for amadeu escórcio
"You already have a profile here, you silly artist person you."
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De Villo Sloan commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"Such a rare honor to collab w/ the incomparable Carl Baker (Ontario, Canada). Time for some roots gothic industrial Great Lakes "dirty concrete" copy art-based ... whatever. Many thanks to Carl for participating in the series. The series…"
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Amy Candiotti left a comment for David Stafford
"Hi David, I received your wonderful package of vintage magazine pages - thank you!  I will mail you a check for postage, unless you prefer PayPal, in which case send me your email address.  Such great images! Amy"
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Bradford left a comment for tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
"Really like your Polaroids™ of graffiti work in the 70s and promoting SOLIDARITY when it was especially relevant."
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Bradford commented on Mizael Contreras's photo
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"Simply elegant!"
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Rose Bosse joined Tammy Riggins's group
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Informal Art Exchange

No calls, no deadlines, no themes, just a place to share your art in an informal way. By joining this group you indicate you are willing to exchange art by mail with the other members. The only expectation is to use common courtesy. Let's have fun!See More
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Marguerite Keen left a comment for Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)
"Thank you for your birthday wishes! I had a lovely day. I miss my mail art family! I hope to return soon! ❤ Marguerite"
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Amy Irwen commented on Diana Hale's group Redwork Post
"Wonderful!"
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Heleen de Vaan left a comment for Bill Porter
"Received your great A-a-P, Bill! I already added to it (not yet shown here). Any idea or preference to whom I shall forward it? Or shall I first return it to you?"
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Mizael Contreras commented on Diana Hale's group Redwork Post
"That naked lady looks just great. It's nice she made it to be included. Thanks Diana!"
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Amber Scribble left a comment for Jorge Martin
"Wooot!!!!!"
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Mizael Contreras commented on Merdoc's group Press and Roll: Printmakers making Mail Art
"Linocut, 200 x 200 mm (plate)."
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"Mail art dispatched yesterday. Linocut, 200 x 200 mm (plate)."
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Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Raj Verdi on Sunday. 510 Replies

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

2019 VALENTINES EXCHANGE

Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bonniediva on Friday. 3 Replies

THIS IS THE PLACE, MY FRIENDS FROM FAR AND WIDE. Valentine's! Who wants some? Who sends them? I want them, I send them!Post here to receive a deluge of love this February.Send more Valentine's this year. Send more love this year.Continue

Tags: day, valentine's, valentines, valentine

A History of Love Stamps

Started by josh berger in Mail-Art Projects Feb 15. 0 Replies

Infographic poster by Chief Perforation Officer Niko Courtelis. Read more and download a high resolution version of the…Continue

Tags: stamp, history, PortlandStampCo, infographic, stamps

Gyotaku anyone?

Started by Ficus strangulensis in Mail-Art Discussions Feb 12. 0 Replies

I wonder if there might be enough interest in Gyotaku, Japanese fish printing, to have a group or maybe a sub-group of Ruud Janssen's Rubber Stamping group?Y'r ol' Bud, FikeContinue

Tags: japanese, gyotaku, fish, stamping

Valentines Exchange

Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Keri Alley Feb 11. 19 Replies

Who wants some? Who has some to send out? I have a decent sized stack I'd like to mail out this week, and not to the same ten folks I tend to send to. I'm sure there are others around here who would like to give out little valentines too! Come on…Continue

Tags: holiday, exchange, valentines

DeepDream [online image transmogrification]

Started by Ficus strangulensis in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Feb 6. 8 Replies

DeepDream! Wow! This is an online, image manipulation service which takes your file input and changes it according to arcan rules [???] apparently using imagery it finds online. So far it seems to add a lot of faces and eyes but I imagine it will…Continue

Mail art exhibition in Brazil

Started by Gisela Pizzatto in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Eduardo Cardoso Jan 14. 3 Replies

Hello, I'll be heading an postcard exhibition in Brazil, and I would like to know if here's is any way you can spread the word for me!!! Thank you all

MAIL! Postage!

Started by Amber Scribble in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Amber Scribble Jan 13. 4 Replies

I might be new "here" but I am not new to sending art in the mail. I will never understand all the complaining or venting or whatever it is I see constantly on "here" about postage. I have never had to take an envelope to the post office and pay…Continue

Got tips for cheapest ways to send mail art internationally?

Started by nonimouse in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by lyttle fish Jan 6. 19 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

Submit to Angry Old Magazine

Started by Drew B. David in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by K.H.M. Dec 28, 2018. 1 Reply

Submit all your avant stuff to AOM (for issue #6).SUBMIT HEREContinue

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