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Heleen de Vaan: The morning after, but with no regrets.

Posted by Dean aka Artist in Seine on November 26, 2014 at 9:30am 3 Comments

Inspired the day after 18 November which was interNational Banana appreciation day, Heleen put her pen to work and did her bit.   She took every…

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Puzzle and Origami by Claudia Garcia (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on November 25, 2014 at 8:39pm 0 Comments

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Mail-art by IUOMA member Claudia Garcia (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

November 25, 2014  - Time flies (the paper bird I received reminds me) and it has been almost a year since I last received mail-art from Claudia…

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"BONK" from Hamburg :-)

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2014 at 7:14pm 3 Comments

Well, what does it mean? A video game sound when hitting?

Does Erni know?…

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Awesome painted envelope from Theo Nelson and Guido Tree poster!

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2014 at 4:37pm 2 Comments

Splash of vibrant colors in the mailbox!...trees?

And a peek through the "window" of the business…

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Collage envelope from Domi Guillemin in France

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2014 at 4:24pm 4 Comments

This deep, rich beauty was brought by the postman this morning.

Nice square format...the postman loves it, me…

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Super package of goodies from Kim JungYoun in Korea

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2014 at 4:07pm 1 Comment

What a fantastic surprise! Kim sent lots from Japan and Korea.…

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sparks fly & bonus HaPPtic santa

Posted by Alicia Starr on November 25, 2014 at 2:52am 1 Comment

The envelope woudA been plenty Viz-Love it. Thanks.…

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Vizma, your post has landed

Posted by Borderline Grafix on November 24, 2014 at 10:57pm 1 Comment

This is a brown paper bag that Vizma had her wine in, and decided to purpose it to me as a fantastic boekie.  Thanks, VB!…

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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........

 

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Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
"A mysterious large squared envelope arrived. Carrying these non-banana stamps. (I am happily surprised to see that these Greek stamps have been designed by our famous Dutch stamp-and-banknotes creating Joh. Enschedé). You would have throw me…"
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
" Received the most amazing envelope: - stitched to close (I hardly dare to openit, by this delicate beautiful thread line :-) ), and: - Banana shaped! Thank you very much, Rebecca!!"
33 minutes ago
Dean aka Artist in Seine commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's blog post Heleen de Vaan: The morning after, but with no regrets.
"Art that changes colour over time.  What a great idea."
51 minutes ago
Carina commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Super package of goodies from Kim JungYoun in Korea
"Result of a big heart."
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Richard BAUDET left a comment for Anu Chathampally
"Hello Anu !!!! Happy Birthday !!!"
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Carina commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's blog post Heleen de Vaan: The morning after, but with no regrets.
"Wonderful! Lovely stamps. Best ideas are always right in front of our noses, maybe..."
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's blog post Heleen de Vaan: The morning after, but with no regrets.
"Well, meanwhile this is what happened to the finally unsent bananas in da house... Glad the rest arrived, including the banana slices (crocheted, not knitted by the way), thank you for posting, Dean!"
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Carina commented on DKULT's group IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)
"Finally, and also from Vizma, this strange thing that looks like a face imprint. It turned out to be a cosmetic surgery, truly is the ice on the cake! "
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Bruno Cassaglia left a comment for Andrea Roccioletti
"Ok Andrea... chiama quando vuoi... un fraterno abbraccio , bruno"
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Dean aka Artist in Seine commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Collage envelope from Domi Guillemin in France
"Yes, very nice"
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Carina commented on DKULT's group IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)
"Vizma's whimsical world and reliable mix of everyday, poorly purchased accessories and goals do not however make this an obvious candidate to the contest. But sometimes everything depends on the presentation (possible shooting) Please see…"
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Carina commented on DKULT's group IUOMA MOBMA (Museum of Bad Mail Art)
"Contributions to the Bad Mail-Art Contest have arrived. Big thanks to Vizma and Rebecca! The theme is something with shipwrecked or whatever you think fit on Bad Mail-Art. I have not yet documented Rebecca's work, but it's coming.Meet…"
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Dean aka Artist in Seine commented on Bruce Wilson's photo
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"Brillant.  What a great "idea".  ding; a light blub just came on in my head."
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renata di palma left a comment for Celestino Neto
"Good day , may i know if my works from Italy for Pequeno formato have arrived? Thank you!"
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Jaspals left a comment for renata di palma
"TIAS Guild of artists... International Photography Show 2014...This show will be organize at Indian Academy of Fine Art, Amritsar..., Dr. Satya Pal Art Gallery, Jalandhar... Show is open to all artists, photo artists of all countries... There is no…"
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Valentine Mark Herman left a comment for renata di palma
"Bonjour Renata! Your Call sounds interesting. I will contribute to it, but only when you know when and where  the exhibitions are. I contribute works to lots of Mail Arr exhibitions, but ONLY  to 'real physical' ones -- never to…"
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Suus in Mokum posted a photo
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renata di palma left a comment for Valentine Mark Herman
"Your watercolor has arrived! Thank you!"
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Valentine Mark Herman left a comment for renata di palma
"Thank you, Renata. You are lucky to be so close to the mountains. My village is only about 5 meters above sea level, but it's possible to see the Pyrenees that border Fraance and Spain on the East coast of France/Spain (I have just sent you a…"
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Interested in a Collab Book?

Started by jon foster in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by RF Côté yesterday. 7 Replies

The first ten people to volunteer will be included in this project. I will mail to…Continue

Morning Star Poles photos inspired by Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".

Started by Valentine Mark Herman in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by stripygoose on Sunday. 4 Replies

I have been working on a series of Aboriginal-type Morning Star Poles for a few weeks, and have just completed the first series of 18 that will be included in my forthcoming "Masques" (Masks) Exhibition.Last night I listened to Mike Oldfield's…Continue

TAM Rubberstamp Archive

Started by Ruud Janssen in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen on Sunday. 12 Replies

The archive is now 26 years old. There were 2 large exhibitions (One in San Francisco, One in Moscow). The collections now has grown quite large. What should be the next step for the archive? I have already planned a next publication, but the…Continue

Tags: Mail-Art, Breda, Netherlands, Janssen, Ruud

Open Call by Mark Bloch

Started by Jennifer Kosharek in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen on Sunday. 2 Replies

OPEN CALLAnnouncing the Cavellini in New York City Mail Art Show. No fees, no restrictions, open to all, artist and non-artist alike. Any size, any medium. Deadline: November 14, 2014. Send to "The NYC Cavellini 2014 Mail Art Show" c/o PAN, Mark…Continue

Organizing incoming MailArt

Started by Ti Ar Raden in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ti Ar Raden Nov 19. 5 Replies

How do you organize your incoming MailArt:- in binders or boxes or... for the old pieces- on display boards or framed or... for the recent pieces- in chronological order, by artist, by call?For those of you who hold events, what are your…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Tulio Restrepo Nov 15. 386 Replies

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

 
 
 

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