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

Posted by Headguy on August 17, 2018 at 5:52pm 1 Comment

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.

Thank You, Boo Boo Girl!

Posted by Carolyn Cline on August 16, 2018 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

Received the following from Elyria: pink striped envelope, a most agreeable collage and two Canadian Tire cash bonus coupons, “Remboursable En Marchandise Uniquement Aux Magasins Canadian Tire.”  That’s my French lesson pour aujourd'hui! …


I’m not just an empty head.

Posted by Headguy on August 15, 2018 at 9:42pm 0 Comments

I’m having all sorts of ideas.

“Naked” head to be sent through mail.

Posted by Headguy on August 15, 2018 at 3:10pm 3 Comments

I just returned from the post office with some inspiring news. They will send a “naked” (no box, packaging) mannequin head through the mail. When asked, the clerk said, “Yeah, so long as it has postage and an address, return address as well, we’ll send it. I’d have to take a picture of that.”

I think I’d like to try this.

RED and postage stamps from Larry Angelo

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 15, 2018 at 9:47am 0 Comments

A fun packet of goodies from Larry,

Oriental RED and many fine postage stamps.

There was this nice work…


Painted envelope from Bernhard Zilling in Berlin

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 15, 2018 at 9:46am 0 Comments

Stunning colors on brown envelope arrived from Berlin,

Stamping on the flip side :-)

inside..a MINIMAL…


Jokie Wilson keeping COOL in Alaska

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 15, 2018 at 9:45am 1 Comment

A BLUE postcard arrived in Greece,

from a whale-of-a-trip that Jokie took up north.

It looks like beautiful…


Incoming: Mindaugas.

Posted by William M on August 15, 2018 at 9:40am 4 Comments

Dispatch from Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on August 15, 2018 at 4:18am 0 Comments

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Mail art by Annette Kesterson (San Francisco, California, USA)


August 14.2018 - Longtime correspondent Annette Kesterson sent me this wonderful postcard-size piece I am absolutely thrilled to share.

I adore this colorful, lovely textured abstract art that keeps the action in painting. (This seems a little different from classic AK, but then again she is eclectic.) Annette Kesterson suggests in this piece (see below) speed and…


New book of Ray Johnson interviews

Posted by De Villo Sloan on August 15, 2018 at 4:00am 4 Comments

News of a book of Ray Johnson interviews (compiled from multiple authors) is circulating among networkers and might be of interest to IUOMA members. Here's a link with more info:…


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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 over 4800 members....


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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 on Sunday. 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


Started by LATRILLE MARTINE in Mail-Art Projects Jun 27. 0 Replies

Je remercie  les artistes de L'UOMA qui m'envoie des MAIL ART.J'adore!!!N'hésitez pas sur le thème que vous souhaitez , je serais toujours aussi heureuse de vous découvrir dans ma boite aux lettres et vous répondre bien sur.J'ai quelques questions: …Continue

Does anyone want used postcards?

Started by Julie (O-kami) in Other. Last reply by LATRILLE MARTINE Jun 27. 6 Replies

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





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