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Erin Young: Changes 7 of 8

Posted by Dean aka Artist in Seine on July 4, 2015 at 6:01pm 1 Comment

Straight from an art project Erin did called "Changes".  OK I…


Lucky Pierre Swims with the Sharks (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on July 3, 2015 at 2:18pm 15 Comments

Marla - 7.2.2015 - 3

Mail art by Lucky Pierre (Charleston, South Carolina,…


From Rebecca Guyver..art book and DKult Doodle

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 3, 2015 at 10:10am 0 Comments

Rebecca sent a wonderful boekie in this beautifully…


Subscription Opus by Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on July 2, 2015 at 11:45pm 0 Comments

Jude - 7.1.2015 - 1

Mail art by IUOMA member Jude Weirmeir (San Diego, California,…


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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 almost 4000 members....


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ATC July 4, 2015 by Shellie Lewis

India ink on paper, mounted on board, signed and papered on the reverse, 2.5 x 3.5. Will trade for hand-drawn.'Merica!!
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Erin Young commented on Prairie Kittin's group Zentangle and Doodling
"Prairie Kittin I received your lovely welcoming zentagle in the mail! Thank you very much :) I will be sending you a thank you zentangle monday :) I would love to exchange zentangles or doodles with anyone interested :) See you in the mail!"
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"Hi Keith, I was wondering, do you prefer India ink or Acrylic ink (or some other) to use with wet media?"
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Erin Young commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's blog post Erin Young: Changes 7 of 8
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Keith S. Chambers commented on Karen Champlin's group ATC REBELS
"As I mentioned, I use watercolor paper [Arches and some others 12 x 9 blocks], but mainly because I like to use wet media [acrylics and inks] along with collaged materials. I usually let things sit for a day or two to dry and stretch out any…"
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Gina Ulgen commented on Diana Hale's group The Philpott Lake Project
"My Philpott Lake postcard is ready to send Monday! I like that you are taking a pilgrimage to the site and I think a show of the cards would be fantastic! Great idea :)"
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Sheri Rice is attending MOAN LISA's event

Mail Art Call: WINTER at moanlisa.org

June 30, 2015 at 6pm to December 22, 2015 at 7pm
MAIL ART CALL: WINTER (everyone is unique)Size: 4×6″ any medium, no return, no jury, no selection. Works should be mailed as postcards without an envelope. Deadline: December 22, 2015.Mail To:Moan LisaPO Box 248North Liberty, IA 52317-0248United StatesSee More
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Mail-Art History

In this group I ask members to place links to sources (new and historic ones) for people who like to do research on the subject of mail-art.I will moderate this group, so postings not related to the subject will be edited or deleted. There are plenty of places in other groups for that.See More
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Monsenhor enVide neFelibata joined Erin Young's group

The Gashlycrumb Tinies Theme

If you have heard of The Gashlycrumb Tinies By; Edward Gorey. And you have the mind for weird creepy dark disturbing things, Than join this group! I want to do a mail art exchange of your take on his Alphabet. I think this will be so awesome to see everyones take.  Choose a letter of the Alphabet and have fun. See More
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Fleur Helsingor commented on Fleur Helsingor's event Food and craft beers
"Entry #66: an altered postcard honoring Craft Beer Artist: Ti Ar Raden, from Aulnay sous Bois, France The other side is wonderful, too! "
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Fleur Helsingor commented on Fleur Helsingor's event Food and craft beers
"Entry #65: drawing (approximately 9 x 9 inches / 23 x 23 cm)Artist: Nikki Sclair, from Bellmore, New York, U.S.A. "
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FinnBadger commented on Diana Hale's group The Philpott Lake Project
"A Philpott Lake altered postcard exhibit at Philpott Lake sounds amazing! Hopefully if you do this, you can get some photos and/or visitor reactions."
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"04.07.15 Dare Mister De Villo Sloan,... I think we are going to enjoy new IUOMA member R. Prost (Evanston, Illinois). I hope he sends you something soon.  Best to you. Richard Canard "
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PADIGLIONE TIBET / 80° compleanno di Sua Santità il Dalai Lama

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects yesterday. 0 Replies

PADIGLIONE TIBETideato e curato da Ruggero MaggiSanta Marta Congressi – SpazioPorto – Venezia9 maggio – 2 agosto 2015con il Patrocinio del Comune di Venezia   …Continue

Tags: BONGIANI, SANDRO, I, Padiglione, Tibet

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by virginia milici (virgy) on Thursday. 408 Replies

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


Started by SACS Arte in Mail-Art Projects on Thursday. 0 Replies


Exquisite Corpses

Started by Phoebe Willison in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Andrea Jenkins on Monday. 16 Replies

Hello!I’m currently in my final year of art school in London, and as a part of my degree show I’ve created a postcard exchange, and I am wondering whether anyone would like to play?It exists as a pass along project, with the underlying theme of…Continue

Tags: network, drawing, along, pass

Print Making and letter-writing

Started by Vega Brennan in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Vega Brennan Jun 27. 3 Replies

HiI've been a member of IUOMA since 2014 and I've received some pretty amazing artwork from around the world. And I've sent some of my own work too. I love the playfulness of MailArt, and its serious intent.I was wondering if you could help me. As…Continue


Started by Dawn Redwood in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Jun 27. 1 Reply

Experiences using mobile 'dongle' broadband, please?Continue

resist mail art

Started by Chorianopoulou Maria in Mail-Art Information Jun 24. 0 Replies

over 20000 people passed by "resistance festival 2015"and "resist" mail art exhibition...I really thank all the participants, the "free hags actor group" that chose our stand for their happening and all the people that stayed with us dancing till…Continue

I International Mail Art call the Art Gallery Getafe theme:" Woman Fashion"

Started by JUAN CARLOS CABALLERO CIFUENTES in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by JUAN CARLOS CABALLERO CIFUENTES Jun 19. 4 Replies

English Version. To participate in the “I International Mail Art call the Art Gallery Getafe”You are kindly invited to participate in the “I International Mail Art call the Art Gallery Getafe”.We were motivated by the words “Woman Fashion” we…Continue

Tags: mujer, fashion, woman, project, moda

Good Art Pens?

Started by Nancy Bell Scott in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Nancy Bell Scott Jun 18. 54 Replies

What are your favorite pens to use in mail art?  I have a few good (sort of) ones for my regular-size collage work -- for applying lines, not for actually writing -- but they aren't turning out to be great for mail-art scale.  New ones for writing,…Continue

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