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Thanks to Katerina Nikoltsou

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 8, 2020 at 10:34pm 0 Comments

Letters received in June 2020 from the Greece.
Thanks to Katerina Nikoltsou.

Incoming 8/7/20

Posted by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on July 8, 2020 at 12:08pm 1 Comment

My recent mail has brought me some lovely mail art from

Ilya Semenenko-Basin

Cascadia Artpost

Carmela Rizzuto…

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Ali Khat arrives from the UK

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 8, 2020 at 11:49am 0 Comments

Aw, hope the critters are well and safe!

Very nice fold-up mail art envelope from Mail Art Martha,

and inside this beautiful TrashPo collage:…

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From Toni Hanner: BLUE!

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 8, 2020 at 11:48am 0 Comments

Detail with watercolor,

Lovely collage card arrived in Greece on July 1,…

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CatMail from Pam McVay

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 8, 2020 at 11:47am 0 Comments

So lovely a print,

and with watercolor highlights, too.

MomKat loves it, meow!

Thank you, Pam…

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Incoming: Olena Spicer and Ruth Giles

Posted by William M on July 8, 2020 at 8:36am 3 Comments

A wonderful card from Olena Spicer. Digging those dolls.



Some wonderful work from…

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New mail

Posted by Ann Golden on July 8, 2020 at 5:10am 0 Comments

Jus got a doodle envelope from Dani Martin.

Vintage art from Peg McCaskey

Posted by Olena Spicer on July 8, 2020 at 12:22am 0 Comments

Thank you for the fun card, Peg!

Resistance mail from Thom Courcelle

Posted by Olena Spicer on July 8, 2020 at 12:00am 1 Comment

I really enjoyed it - thank you, Thom!…

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

 

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Mim Golub Scalin commented on Ashazart's group ADD & PASS
"Jenn, that is an oldie. I recognize some of the names, people who are still in the "game." You may just have to archive it. I've done that with a couple in the past. "
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Amy Irwen commented on Jenn Miltenberger's blog post My life is in “the In Between” Stage
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Jenn Miltenberger commented on Ashazart's group ADD & PASS
"This one has clearly been floating around anyone a While... anyone know who started it as I’d like to return it... "
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Jennifer Wallace commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"To resuscitate the Postal History Boutique, I think, needs input from a few people with way more knowledge and experience in all this than I have!"
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's blog post MULTIMEDIA ART IUOMA (reflections on time and space)
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"I'll try again Mary J; First way to about things: look at the 'New to IUOMA' section, 3rd from the left, at the top at the IUOMA introductory page, and follow the advice there. Second way to about things: get hold of a Boring…"
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Mary Anne commented on Michael Leigh's blog post 100th day of Self Isolation
"I'm calling the first attempt a failure.  Second attempt went into the postbox this afternoon . . ."
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Ilya Semenenko-Basin posted a video

A CONVERSATION WITH RAY JOHNSON AND JOHN HELD, JR. (DECEMBER 2, 1977)

THIS IS A CONVERSATION BETWEEN RAY JOHNSON AND JOHN HELD, JR. (DECEMBER 2, 1977). I PROCESSED THE ORIGINAL VHS WITH JOHN'S PERMISSION FOR PRESENTATION ON YOU...
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Mary J. Grellner commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
"This does not tell me how to get started...need advice. Thanks"
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Ilya Semenenko-Basin commented on Heather Wilkie (paganfrog)'s blog post Incoming 8/7/20
"Thank You, Heather. I am very happy!"
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Boring (and armed) Postcard Criminal
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's group oltre mail art - beyond mail art
"by posting all the images you want Dear Friend!"
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Birthday notice

Started by Carien van Hest in Other yesterday. 0 Replies

In the right column of the IUOMA homepage one can see whose birthday it is today, and tomorrow. Is there a possibility to see whose birthday it is next week from today (or maybe two weeks is better?), so that people can prepare a real birthday mail?…Continue

Outgoing envelope pics

Started by Samantha Price in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Jayne Barket Lyons on Friday. 8 Replies

To all who post their outgoing mail art, specifically addressed envelopes, i invite u 2 be mindful & consider waiting 2 post ur pics until its received buy the recipient. iv’e seen a few pieces 4 me this past week alone & honestly, it really…Continue

MAIL ART & ART PEDAGOGICS.

Started by Mikula Lüllwitz in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Jun 26. 4 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 Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by annie Jun 14. 549 Replies

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

Presentazione della Retrospettiva di Coco Gordon, Italy 2020

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Discussions Jun 12. 0 Replies

COCO  GORDON “Timeless, Senzatempo”La natura tra performance e Exploding Booksdi Sandro  Bongiani "I empower myself to make…Continue

Mostra Retrospettiva di Coco Gordon

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Information Jun 12. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERYMostra Retrospettiva  di Coco Gordon“Timeless, Senzatempo”La natura tra performance e Exploding Books Opere 1958-2020a cura di Sandro  BongianiDal 15 giugno al  28 agosto 2020Inaugurazione:  15 giugno 2020 ore…Continue

Tags: Gordon, Coco

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

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Vincent Wang Jun 10. 4 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

When they come back..

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Alan Brignull Jun 2. 5 Replies

...what do you do with them?Every now and then a piece of ail art will come back to me with a notation such as Recipient has moved; or No such Address, or like that--it happens to everyone, right?Well, what do you do with a card that you've sent…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace May 31. 5 Replies

NOTA BENNY, i just posted the same message as a blog post; my befuddlement knows no bounds. f this is not good etiquette here, please cut a rank beginner a break, okay? thanks a zillon!thurs 03/09/2017 15:30THIS ISN'T MEANT AS A GRIPE OR…Continue

Starting a IUOMA mail art group

Started by Melanie Reed in PROBLEMS May 29. 0 Replies

I would like to start a surrealist group. How would I go about this?Continue

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