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Mike Parsons, Diana Hale, Kathy Barnett, and Judy Staroscik Sent Mailart!

Posted by Carolyn Cline on August 18, 2018 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

Wowsers! The USPS has been busy! 

Mike sent a postcard 

Diana sent a handmade brass wire bird’s nest…


Anything Goes...Everything Shows 12th annual, Entries due Sept. 24th postmarked

Posted by Carlos Steward on August 18, 2018 at 7:53pm 0 Comments

12th Annual: Anything Goes—Everything Shows is just that, an uncensored free style mail art show. Mail art is art that uses the postal system as a medium. Mail artists typically exchange ephemera in the form of illustrated letters; zines; rubberstamped, decorated, or illustrated envelopes; artist trading cards; postcards; artistamps; faux postage; mail-interviews; naked mail; friendship books, decos and three-dimensional…


BonnieDiva sends vintage gal

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 18, 2018 at 9:35am 0 Comments

What? An image from those good 'ol days?

or the good 'ol police raiding days?…


Yayoi sent an amazing fold-out envelope

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 18, 2018 at 9:32am 0 Comments

An odd shape, multi-folded envelope, with nice drawing,

...and with goodies inside, of course.

The CAT…


Dots from Carolyn!

Posted by RobinJeree - STRiPES on August 18, 2018 at 9:30am 2 Comments

WOW! that's all I can say. Thank you Carolyn....

So who wants a 'naked' head in the mail?

Posted by Headguy on August 17, 2018 at 5:52pm 3 Comments

Just weeks away from launching my Kickstarter for The Head Project I thought I might have some fun.  I want to send a 'naked' mannequin head to someone.  I will simply write your address on the head, apply the postage, and deliver it to the post office.

So who wants it?  I prefer someone in the U.S. to keep shipping costs down.

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 over 4800 members....


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Tom joined Tammy Riggins's group

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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Tom joined MISS NOMA's group


Are you addicted?Do you have a problem?Here at the collage club we can help you.A problem shared is a problem halved .A virtual COLLAGIST ANONYMOUS. This is the place to post all your collagescollaborations & cut n paste madness ...Who is your…See More
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Sabrina S commented on The Introverted Post's photo


"The bird stamp! <3"
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BooBoo Girl commented on Pam Chatfield's group Pam's Traveling Art Journals
"I am ready to send Amber Scribble the art journal. I need her address though. I just cannot view her profile. Friend request pending"
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Carolyn Cline left a comment for Diana Hale
"Thank you! Your piece has earned a place in Carolyn’s Desktop Natural History Museum! Hugs! Darn the two bug beetle parade is all dark. Trust me, it is impressive but I have to be very careful when I dust or they lose parts!"
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Cookiefish replied to Cookiefish's discussion What is protocol here for weird spam?
"That's what I thought too...I hit "Ignore", but I wasn't't sure if I was supposed to somehow report the screen name being used to alert others or so they could remove this person."
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Pam McVay commented on Ruud Janssen's group Self Portraits
"This is what potatoes do to me!  Self portrait."
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Pam McVay joined Ruud Janssen's group

Self Portraits

Are you up to this? Publish your own selfportrait in this group. Since the name of the publisher is automatically published, we know then how you look!
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Profile IconBooBoo Girl and Carolyn Cline joined Helder Coelho Dias's group

ADD & PASS - The X Files

In the Mail Art activity, there are interesting ideas that are explored, like Mail Art Calls, Collaborative Books, Visual Poetry etc, and we also have the  ADD & PASS, which are created somewhere in the world by a Mail Artist who send by mail…See More
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Bradford replied to Cookiefish's discussion What is protocol here for weird spam?
"I've already reported same to Ruud. If you google the email address, you'll see quite a few hits that are the same or similar on a variety of platforms. Looks like a bad spammer to me."
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Carolyn Cline left a comment for Ed Giecek
"Hey there!  Just got a packet of six Add&Pass pieces from Judy Staroscik and this one says “Do Not Return at the top. Is that a mistake, or do you really not coming back to you?"
3 hours ago
Wendi Powell commented on Linda Pelati's photo

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"I enjoyed all of your mail art. I love your style!"
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Mike Parsons, Diana Hale, Kathy Barnett, and Judy Staroscik Sent Mailart!

Wowsers! The USPS has been busy! Mike sent a postcard …See More
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Wendi Powell commented on RUTH GILES's photo


"I really love this!"
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Wendi Powell commented on Yayoi S.W.'s photo

From Eric Bruth

"Very good. I love the quote"
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Wendi Powell commented on Yayoi S.W.'s photo

From Eric Bruth envelope

"I love the colors you used!"
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What is protocol here for weird spam?

Started by Cookiefish in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Cookiefish 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

I received a weird friend request....if you can call it that? Here's the screen shot...…Continue

Spammer Alert - Is there such a thing as an IUOMA moderator?

Started by Headguy in PROBLEMS 4 hours ago. 0 Replies

I thought it was a little strange that 11 new people joined IUOMA at the exact same time.  Just a heads up (no pun intended) I'm thinking we've got some ghost accounts that just opened and one potential spammer. The verbiage of the message I just…Continue

Hello from projetM@ MottattoM, Geneva

Started by Uta Richter in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Headguy on Wednesday. 1 Reply

https://projetm.blogspot.com/2018/06/exposition-international-de-mail-art.htmlHello!Our International Mail Art Exhibition is up and running, please have a…Continue

A case of mistaken identity.

Started by Headguy in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Headguy on Tuesday. 6 Replies

NEWB ALERT.I'm new here to IUOMA.  So, hello :)When I first started The Head Project back in 2002 I didn't know much about "mail art."  If I recall, there were a few mail art…Continue

Documenting Mail Art Received

Started by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Pam McVay Aug 12. 15 Replies

I'm delighted to be receiving so much wonderful Mail Art -- I love my daily trip to the mailbox. I've been trying to document (by blogging) all the Mail Art that comes to me, plus a few of my own creations. This seems to be taking more and more…Continue

Tags: documentation, blogging

Mail art blogs and twitter accounts

Started by andytgeezer in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Toni Antonetti Aug 4. 43 Replies

Many of us keep blogs and have twitter accounts, and I know that many of us post up our best work there. Personally I love seeing people's work on their blogs, and I follow the latest work of many mailartists on Twitter too, where the banter is…Continue

Tags: mailartists, twitter, blogs

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Uta Richter Aug 2. 503 Replies

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

International Exhibition "Active Marginals - 70 Ryosuke Cohen

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects Aug 1. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERY “Marginali Attivi / 70 Ryosuke  Cohen”a cura di Sandro Bongiani …Continue

Tags: ., C, L’artista, per, lungo

Addresses- to cover or not?

Started by Karalie in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Pam Chatfield Jul 30. 11 Replies

Question for the masses....It seems that most everyone keeps a public profile here. What are everyone's thoughts on "blanking out" an address before posting photos of received mail art? Continue

Why? Because Mail Art!

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Jul 26. 8 Replies

* You always grab extra copies of free neighborhood newspapers and magazines.*You go out of your way to take religious and political tracts, flyers, handbills, handouts, Scientology personality tests and crazy person literature on the street.*There…Continue





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