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Posted by Carien van Hest on July 3, 2020 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

Thank you, Nancy Keystone. I'm gonna think this over ;-)

Thank you for this note.

Posted by Jenn Miltenberger on July 2, 2020 at 8:27pm 0 Comments

I have a very good idea about who wrote me this note that ended up in my mailbox today, I just wanted to say thank you for your kind words.

Things are already getting better. 

Incoming: Braincell 1084, Diana Hale and Jenn Mittenberger

Posted by William M on July 2, 2020 at 7:51am 4 Comments

Braincell 1084 arrived in the mail today. A really wonderful one too!

A really fun rubber stamped card from Diana. Love the bathtub image - makes me think of Gorey for some reason.…


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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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Started by Mikula Lüllwitz in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Jun 26. 4 Replies

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

Tags: thesis, Pedagogics, Children, Master, Teacher

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by annie Jun 14. 549 Replies

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

Presentazione della Retrospettiva di Coco Gordon, Italy 2020

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Discussions Jun 12. 0 Replies

COCO  GORDON “Timeless, Senzatempo”La natura tra performance e Exploding Booksdi Sandro  Bongiani "I empower myself to make…Continue

Mostra Retrospettiva di Coco Gordon

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Information Jun 12. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERYMostra Retrospettiva  di Coco Gordon“Timeless, Senzatempo”La natura tra performance e Exploding Books Opere 1958-2020a cura di Sandro  BongianiDal 15 giugno al  28 agosto 2020Inaugurazione:  15 giugno 2020 ore…Continue

Tags: Gordon, Coco

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

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Vincent Wang Jun 10. 4 Replies

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

When they come back..

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Alan Brignull Jun 2. 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 May 31. 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


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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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