On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
I started out with good intentions tonight. I was just going to do a nice dotted envelope for someone and then it just happened--I went totally off the rails...And it was FUN! For four hours I just dotted my little heart out until I passed into a state of mindlessness that I could never achieve with prolonged meditation even on my best days. Ajahn Brahm would've been proud of me!
I made an envelope that is truly worthy of the Museum of Bad Mail Art! It's so ugly that I've fallen in…Continue
Hmm... never thought about the wild aspect of bewilderment before, but the emphasis is apt enough after hanging out on the telephone for a good chunk of the morning reporting a fraudulent charge on my credit card. I’m ripping handfuls of hair and frothing at the mouth (just a little bit).
MP helped lighten the mood around here, though, with this watercolored fold out card! Thanks for that! Sweet image on the back makes me want to smile, too!…Continue
Today’s bounty included the handydandy handcrafted envelope bearing three postal portraits of not so late governor of Puerto Rico, a seashell postcard stamp, a tropical sticker asking, “First-Class...Are you sure?” The stamps are uncancelled, like the majority of the stamps on mailart envelopes I receive. The tropical sticker is right above the words, “Anything’s Possible.” I suppose the sticker’s right, because inside the envelope was a secret mission, which I plan to complete.…Continue
Yes, I received mail frum The Desk of ed AND Ms Pamela Giecek today. We apparently have similar music tastes as the envelope and paper both included some very interesting Neil Young stampings. Also enclosed—Art Shul artist card, lick & sticks from Sticker Dude, and a handy plastic…Continue
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 over 4800 members....
INTERNATIONAL MAIL ART PROJECT SPACE OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERYVia S. Calenda, 105/D 84126 Salerno (Italy). "Add and Return" project entitled:“SELFIE SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY” Curated by Giovanni Bonanno and in collaboration with the Ophen Virtual…Continue
So I just joined but I really don;t know how to start or what is acceptable to mail. I have artwork that I would like to send on 6x6 and 8x8 canvas boards but where can I go so send my artwork? Do I send to strangers, friends, family, etc? Please…Continue
Dear IUOMA friends,The next issue of whatever this thing I do is will feature an interview with Sally Wassink (http://www.sallyw.com), and each copy will include one of her artistamps for the readers to enjoy and…Continue
Hey guys,I have a box of used postcards, some are from the FPN postcard swap, some from PostCrossing. They cover a range from vintage to made art cards. I hate to just throw them out, someone could use them for art.The only thing I ask is that you…Continue
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
Convocatória II salãoARTEcorreios - Visconde de Mauá ROTA…Continue
It's that time of year again, I've got a nice stack of valentine's to mail out in a week or so and I'm sure plenty of you have the same thing in mind- so if you want to receive valentine's post here! If you're looking for people to send a little…Continue