On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
Mail-art by IUOMA member C. Mehrl Bennett (Columbus, Ohio, USA)
February 27, 2015 - Somewhere along the meandering and dusty trail between Infinity and Columbus, John M. Bennett coined the term “fork lint,” which captured the…Continue
A vintage-looking hand made and decorated envelope from Nina in the Netherlands - my first Duthc mail art!
Interesting stamp, with its origami outlines. It is one of a set of 6 issued in 2014 that celebrates Dutch-Japanese relations, and is part of an ongoing series 'The Netherlands and beyond'. Nice article about this set here.
Philipp was a physician and botanist,…Continue
We woke up to more of a winter wonderland today. Full stop! We go no where, there's no where to go. Crazy southern city doesn't handle snow well, but I'm
okay with that, as I have a cold.
The fun thing - I received some winter poems from L. Hensley last week, in a tiny envelope, stamp…Continue
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 almost 4000 members....
Yesterday I was floating around the Record Store Day website looking for limited releases coming out on that day. At the bottom of the page I noticed a trailer for a movie about independent British record stores. As I watched all of the talking…Continue