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Postcard from Olena

Posted by PAM CHAVEZ on July 4, 2020 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

Got a lovely hand painted and altered postcard from Olena Spicer! I love it! Thank you so much!

Add&Pass

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 4, 2020 at 10:43pm 0 Comments

I have completed the Add&Pass sheet intended for Dan Buck (Armour, SD, USA).

Add&Pass

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 4, 2020 at 6:29pm 0 Comments

I have completed the Add&Pass sheet intended for Moreno Menarin (Vicenza, ‎Veneto, Italia).

Envelope from Marlies

Posted by Olena Spicer on July 4, 2020 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Beautiful stenciling and collage - thank you, Marlies :)…

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Postcard from Chelsea

Posted by Olena Spicer on July 4, 2020 at 4:52pm 0 Comments

Lovely vintage look - thank you :)

Knit Mail, It's a thing

Posted by Carmen Kennedy on July 4, 2020 at 3:58pm 0 Comments

Received this very special knit mail from Thom Courcelle: 

The knitted envelope was made from pink yarn used to make pussy hats. The contents inspire and remind me that we are not alone. Thank you, Thom.…

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Incoming mail from Los Angeles, USA

Posted by Carien van Hest on July 3, 2020 at 12:09pm 0 Comments

Thank you, Nancy Keystone. I'm gonna think this over ;-)

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.

 

Latest Activity

Jennifer Wallace replied to Carla Cryptic's discussion Who will accept Add and Pass mail art and send it on? in the group Mail-Art Cafe
"The sort of thing I think people mean when they say"cheap perfume", but I've also heard people make comments about "bad deodorant" smells. Pretty nauseating."
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dustincecil replied to Carla Cryptic's discussion Who will accept Add and Pass mail art and send it on? in the group Mail-Art Cafe
"what did it small like?  lol"
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Jennifer Wallace replied to Carla Cryptic's discussion Who will accept Add and Pass mail art and send it on? in the group Mail-Art Cafe
"I've received A&Ps which I thought were weird / uninteresting / boring, but I can't bring myself to destroy someone's work that people have thought it's worth paying the postage on! I have one mail-art-friend who just adds…"
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's blog post MULTIMEDIA ART IUOMA (riflessioni sul tempo e sullo spazio)
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Mail Art Martha replied to Carla Cryptic's discussion Who will accept Add and Pass mail art and send it on? in the group Mail-Art Cafe
"This is a very good idea Carla. I never have been keen in A&D but now that I make an origami envelope I simply cannot include them, not even postcards. So please do not send me any. A friend of mine recently shredded a lot and made collages with…"
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Olena Spicer commented on PAM CHAVEZ's blog post Postcard from Olena
"Yay! Glad it reached you  :) Thank you for posting."
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PAM CHAVEZ updated their profile
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Carien van Hest commented on Thomas Burns's photo
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Feel Mail - Pam

"I almost can feel this!"
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PAM CHAVEZ posted a blog post

Postcard from Olena

Got a lovely hand painted and altered postcard from Olena Spicer! I love it! Thank you so much!See More
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Ilya Semenenko-Basin posted blog posts
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's blog post MULTIMEDIA ART IUOMA (riflessioni sul tempo e sullo spazio)
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dustincecil replied to Carla Cryptic's discussion Who will accept Add and Pass mail art and send it on? in the group Mail-Art Cafe
"i'm into add and passes now.."
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dustincecil joined Ruud Janssen's group
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Mail-Art Cafe

The Place where there is no specific theme. A real social group for you......See More
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PAM CHAVEZ joined Helder Coelho Dias's group
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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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PAM CHAVEZ left a comment for Thomas Burns
"Hi Thomas! Glad you got the Feel Mail! I had a great time making a bunch of cards with different textures! I see you're in Texas... one of my daughters live in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. "
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Thomas Burns commented on Carien van Hest's group Feel Mail
"First Feel Mail came in from Pam! this is going to be a fun group!"
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Thomas Burns posted photos
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Thomas Burns left a comment for PAM CHAVEZ
"Hey Pam - I got your "Feel" post card..... I LOVE it! Thank you!"
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's group Black and white
"Grazie Sabela!  W LA PACE FRA I POPOLI: cb*"
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's blog post MULTIMEDIA ART IUOMA
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Outgoing envelope pics

Started by Samantha Price in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Jayne Barket Lyons yesterday. 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

MOOP:JOURNALS

Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) May 27. 10 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

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