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let me tell you about the wonderful things in my recent mail

Posted by Vel Crowe on April 1, 2020 at 11:56am 0 Comments



i've gotten some fabulous mail art within the last couple or 3 days...

*Envelope full of stuff from Mike "Capt. Biology" Dickau, my neighbor from Sacramento, California;

**Not ONE, but TWO pieces from Lord Fugue, the pride of Lenoir, North Carolina--very very groovy…


From Norma Soulet

Posted by Jan Hodgman on April 1, 2020 at 1:00am 1 Comment

A great collage. Thanks!

Call for mail art about bodies

Posted by Aca Carle on March 31, 2020 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Hello, my name is Aca and I am a visual artist in graduate school.

I’m coordinating a mail art exchange on the theme of bodies (however you relate to that word). 

Send me something by mail and I will send you something in return!  I plan to photograph and show the works I receive, so tell me if you want your…


state of the mail

Posted by Mary Anne on March 31, 2020 at 6:09am 0 Comments

In case this may be of use or interest - I found that the auction site Delcampe has a dedicated Virus page that lists various countries together with a brief description of the state of their snail mail and links to their postal authorities sites.  I followed along to Royal mail and they have a long list of countries updated every day. Russia is listed as closed for business and Germany listed as #problematical' but Spain seems to be open which surprises me given the news from there.  Most…


two-fer from BonnieDiva

Posted by Heide Monster on March 29, 2020 at 10:11pm 1 Comment

The series of Bon-Zines continue,  With a bonus issue of Ova-Zine!  In color!  Always full of good images in fabulous juxtaposition.…


Fantastic Fike

Posted by Cody Whitby on March 29, 2020 at 9:48pm 1 Comment

A favorite friend to find in the mailbox, reply in the mail tomorrow!

So cheerful- so appreciated

Posted by Heide Monster on March 29, 2020 at 9:26pm 0 Comments

Norma Soulet sent a whole book on spring, each page is quite 3-D  with paint, collage and stickers in the brilliant colors of life.…


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 thousands of members. On December 2nd 2018 the 5000th member joined in.


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Mary J. Grellner replied to Litsa Spathi / NOBODY's discussion Mail Artists Addresses?
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Mail Art Martha replied to res nullius aka. "res"'s discussion Mass Mailouts Advice and Tips in the group Ask Anything
"I send usually batches of 20 to 30 envelopes at a time. I do not have any tips really. I make hand  collages, printed cards, bookies as I go along and then, when I have enough incoming mail to put up on the front door, I send the replies. Not…"
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Mary J. Grellner replied to Litsa Spathi / NOBODY's discussion Mail Artists Addresses?
"DEAR DOG/CAT MAIL SWAPPERS:  IUOMA MEMBERS>> Thanks for your response; please tell you friends too! This should be a fun swap and something to do during our> Corona Virus confinement at home.  Will be due to ARRIVE AT MY HOUSE by…"
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Aca Carle commented on Aca Carle's blog post Call for mail art about bodies
"Good questions. I don't have a hard deadline.  My semester ends May 4th, and I'm using the set up I am where the works are presented as a collection for class.  I do a lot of mail art in my personal life, however, so I would hope…"
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Jennifer Wallace commented on Aca Carle's blog post Call for mail art about bodies
"Have you got a deadline for this? Where / how do you plan to show the works?"
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2020 03 30 - sent to Catherine (a)

"Wierdly prescient ... started in January when I took on a 12-week-cheap-deal-subscription to The Economist, and suddenly found a new source of collage material! I can't even remember what country that policeman came from and the…"
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Jennifer Wallace commented on David Stafford's blog post COVID 19 and Mail Art
"Res - The information I've picked up is that it's better to leave packed items just spread out in the air if you're worried. If there's offending virus on the packaging material, it will die off for lack of host material to…"
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res nullius aka. "res" commented on David Stafford's blog post COVID 19 and Mail Art
"I went to the post office expecting to find nothing in my box, and lo there was a huge batch of mail art from all over the place, even Europe!  I'm so surprised and pleased.  Said mail is currently quarantined in a plastic storage…"
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Bradford commented on Jennifer Wallace's photo

2020 03 30 - sent to Catherine (a)

"The constable in the foreground appears to be searching for the Solway Firth spaceman."
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Toni Mail Art Received

"Thanks Norma for the sewn and beaded mail art. Amazing! "
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"Bonjou again No Idea, Here are some of my Fabiolas that I exhibited in 2018. Regards, val"
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Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Mary J. Grellner 3 hours ago. 543 Replies

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

Fundraising Campaign for the Carrara Anarchist Printing Press

Started by MoriceMarcuse in Other. Last reply by maha Mar 26. 1 Reply

Dear all,It is to let you know that a fundraising campaign has been launched by the Cooperativa Tipolitografica, the anarchist printing workshop in Carrara (Italy), for urgent refurbishing works which are needed in its building.Those who wish to…Continue

Tags: carrara, art, help, press, printing

Back Back Back again after a long break!

Started by Lindsay Stewart in Mail-Art Discussions Mar 25. 0 Replies

HI FOLX! I took a long break off of mail art (5-7 years) but I’m back with a reignited passion for  sending and receiving weird shit in the mail. I haven’t stopped making in the past years and I have a couple “ADD N’ PASS” projects that I’d love to…Continue


Started by Carien van Hest in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Heide Monster Mar 23. 9 Replies

Is there a list of abbreviations concerning mail art?A&PATCMAand so on. Please help me out.Continue

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

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by LATRILLE MARTINE Mar 11. 3 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


Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jade H Mar 10. 7 Replies

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

What’s your favorite kind of mail-art?

Started by Cherub Ayers in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by The Artful Writer Mar 3. 16 Replies

Hello, what are your favorite types of mail art to receive? What is your leave favorite kind?Continue

Got tips for cheapest ways to send mail art internationally?

Started by nonimouse in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bradford Feb 28. 23 Replies

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


Started by Mikula Lüllwitz in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Feb 25. 2 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 Art Calls?

Started by kiyotei in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Feb 16. 3 Replies

Haven't been here in a while. Where is it appropriate to post MA Calls?ThanksContinue





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