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Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: D-Kit by Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 23, 2017 at 3:59am 0 Comments

Mail art by IUOMA member Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)

April 22, 2017 - As I have asked before: What would the Karnival of Trash be without work by the raining Queen of Trash(po)? Luckily, Diane Keys has been exceedingly…


Some great art pieces recently from Mindaugas

Posted by Azzaro on April 22, 2017 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

Many thanks once…


Found Asemics by Dave Araki (New York City, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 22, 2017 at 4:37pm 0 Comments

Asemic vispo by Dave Araki (New York City,…


Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: DharmaDaDa Trashpo by Azzaro (Auckland, New Zealand)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 22, 2017 at 4:10am 1 Comment

Mail art by IUOMA member Azzaro (Auckland, New Zealand)

April 21, 2017 - An interesting twist in the final days of the Karnival of Trash is the appearance of work from New Zealand, a location which has hardly been a center of…


It's about TIME: SPRING time mail art from Katerina MomKat

Posted by Willemien Visser on April 21, 2017 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

Yesterday arrived the card Katerina announced: Spring time announced with roses and butterflies! Hope it now arrives / comes back soon to Oldenburg also...…


Mail Art Call

Posted by DKULT on April 21, 2017 at 4:43pm 6 Comments

Trash Snapshots Sought!

Take a photo of your trash!!!!!


Beautiful BLUES and owls, too, from Toni Hanner

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 21, 2017 at 1:18pm 0 Comments

Lovely BLUE ribbon inside a handmade envelope:

...paint on canvas and BLUE washi!…


Rubber Stamps

Posted by Thomas Brown on April 20, 2017 at 11:53pm 0 Comments

Incoming from Keith S. Chambers:

And if you are looking for a group specifically for rubber stamps on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rubberstampart/…


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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 4500 members....


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Are you addicted?Do you have a problem?Here at the collage club we can help you.A problem shared is a problem halved .A virtual COLLAGIST ANONYMOUS. This is the place to post all your collagescollaborations & cut n paste madness ...Who is your favourite collage artist?What glue do you favour?Have you found your scissors yet?(True collage addicts will understand this last question...)ALL ARE WELCOME JOIN TODAYSee More
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A Year of Art Journals

There are not as many art journals circulating as there used to be, and I miss them.I think people are nervous because they don't always make it back.  You send the journal out, and you don't know if you'll ever see it again.  It's understandable how that would ruffle people.  Sometimes people put the journal away and forget, and other times the disappearance is more sinister.  Either way, I'm going to take the chance.  I'm looking at it from the perspective that it will be fun to see how many…See More
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DKULT commented on DKULT's blog post Mail Art Call
"you are not a robot. IUOMA, please prove that he is not a robot. Lisa Lisa did nothing but put a Bernie Sanders sticker on your car. "
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Keye C. left a comment for Toni Hanner -- tonipoet
"I'm glad to have done it for you, Toni. I look forward to having yours in my hands. :-) No, I haven't been to France and I've yet to see their museums, especially d'Orsay. Vancouver has been allowed to borrow old European…"
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Margarete Miller left a comment for Toni Hanner -- tonipoet
"Hi Toni, your card was cool! I'm glad you liked mine. I used every single scrap you sent me in another book I'm making. Thanks for that ;-) Margarete"
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Toni Hanner -- tonipoet left a comment for Keye C.
"Keye, wow, thank you for the beautiful pastel. Cezanne is my absolute favorite painter. Have you ever been to the D'Orsay Museum in Paris? They have the most fantastic Cezanne paintings there.  Your piece arrived in great shape, not sticky…"
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Toni Hanner -- tonipoet left a comment for Margarete Miller
"Margarete, wow, thank you for the amazing package of mail art. Some of the ephemera are pictured here, not all. I love the card with all the stamps and on the other side, "free Allied Money-Saving 1962 Electronics Catalog". I wonder what…"
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Toni Hanner -- tonipoet left a comment for Aurora Gallagher
"Aurora, the Batmobile delivered your beautiful bat-stamped envelope and Letterpressed card, along with the very cute angry pussy! I will have to travel to Austin someday -- I love bats! Thank you!"
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PJ Matilda commented on PJ Matilda's group A Year of Art Journals
"Journal #1 April 2017 will be on the way to Ruth Monday.  This is a little watercolor I did on the first two pages."
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PJ Matilda commented on PJ Matilda's group A Year of Art Journals
"Ruth Giles Azzaro Gu Toni Hanner (ToniPoet) Jimmy Connors Robyn Banks Here are the names I have so far for Journal #1.  I didn't get to the post office today, but I will for sure Monday. Please let me know when you receive, when…"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Artist in Seine from the USA?
"I'll be seein' ya, in all the old familiar places...! And best of good luck as you open those new doors to new adventures!"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Ruud Janssen's blog post Incoming from Richard C - April 2017
"May they rediscover the pencil, even!!! :-)"
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night of museums

Started by Aleninskyi Kostiantyn in Mail-Art Projects on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Where in 2017 will be a mail art project on the Museum Night (may 20)?Continue

Best adhesive for collage

Started by David Stafford in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Kosmo Vinyl Apr 9. 82 Replies

A friend asks: What's the best adhesive for magazine collage that won't wrinkle the paper? I told him Spray Mount...anybody have any other suggestions?Continue

How do women/men react on receiving a mail art

Started by Sa Mue in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Apr 9. 7 Replies

I dare to ask a question because it troubles me. I would like to know the experience of others how often men reply to female art. My experience is that 62%of the women react, only 20% of the men give a sign.Is is normal or are my mail arts so bad,…Continue

Sweden: the Norwegian Pond Territories.

Started by Bruce Grenville in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bruce Grenville Apr 8. 3 Replies

Yet another new stamp issue I have recently printed for a friend in Sweden. This is a cinderella for the Norwegian Pond Territories, a small enclave of Norway in Sweden, and this one…Continue

AML? Is it still extant...?

Started by S. A. Walker in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Alan Brignull Apr 6. 7 Replies

The last time I was a member of IUOMA, I was still involved with mailart thru the AML List (Artists' Mailing List?).  We sent "anniversary" stamps to one another, I recall.  The last one I made was for the 10th anniversary in 2009.  Does this list…Continue

Harley Francis, the Painter of Unicorns - in memoriam.

Started by Bruce Grenville in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Apr 5. 3 Replies

HARLEY, THE PAINTER OF UNICORNS: IN MEMORIAM STAMP. Occussi-Ambeno will issue a commemorative stamp on 27th March 2017, to celebrate the life of Terra Candella’s Painter of Unicorns, Harley, announced the…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Terri Jones Apr 3. 484 Replies

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

Fresh berry fruit stamps from Chyan!

Started by Bruce Grenville in Mail-Art Projects Apr 1. 0 Replies

I am happy to announce Chyan's first new stamps since 2005. The set of four (issued on 15th March 2017) features berry fruits, and comes in attractive minisheets with a marginal caption urging citizens to eat lots of fresh berry fruit, for good…Continue

The Crying of Lot 49?

Started by LIGMA in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Terri Jones Mar 29. 4 Replies

Have any of you read The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon? I've recently read it, and have been creating a sizeable amount of art based on it. It is very related to mail, specifically unofficial mail  carrier organizations within the US. A good…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Mar 10. 2 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





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