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Mail Art from Mikel Untzila arrives in Greece, too

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 20, 2020 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

An Add/Pass and nice printed ATC from Mikel,

The Add/Pass will one day return to nearby Italy.

A very nice printed ATC…


In PetrolPetal's heart Richard Canard is always #1 (South Africa)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on February 20, 2020 at 2:30am 1 Comment

                                    Mail art by IUOMA member PetrolPetal (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)


Un grand merci pour vous, Richard Baudet!

Posted by Carien van Hest on February 19, 2020 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

Quelle belle écriture

Mail Art from Heide Monster

Posted by Carien van Hest on February 19, 2020 at 9:00am 0 Comments

All the way to little Holland... thank you Heide!

Lots of Aussie sunshine in the mail today. Thank you.

Posted by The Artful Writer on February 19, 2020 at 8:30am 2 Comments

Lots of Aussie sunshine in the mail today. Thank you.


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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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"Yes! thanks Fike for forming this group. Nancy, you are right; when a book falls apart it is OK to re-birth it as art. The only one that did so for me is Cannery Row. I picked it up to re-read it  and I was so sad when the paperback fell to…"
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"Isn't this a great idea! I called and read the Beat-era poem, "I know you through the mail" by J.B . in DOC(K)S. I found it in a poetry review titled, Invisible City, No. 23-25, March 1979, Red Hill Press, Fairfax,…"
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Just a reminder in case any of you missed it. As part of the CURIOUS THINGS exhibition now on at Special Collections, MMU in Manchester. John Held is parachuting in as he returns to  USA via his flight from Budapest to do a talk about mail art and…Continue

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

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jayne Barket Lyons Feb 8. 1 Reply

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

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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


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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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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

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Many mail artists, perhaps, will not agree, but since 2020, I hear theneed to change, even the way to do mail art, not more advance,for the moment.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.poetamailartfluxusMolti mailartisti, forse, non saranno…Continue





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