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Need for a Left Hand!

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 30, 2017 at 9:33am 0 Comments

Shelly Tracy sent just what I need (for the next three weeks)...

a good working, beautifully BLUE hand!

She is…

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Super Daves arrived in Greece

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 30, 2017 at 9:30am 0 Comments

One came flying...

another is Spiderman...…

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Incoming from KosmoVinyl!

Posted by Li Araki on March 30, 2017 at 6:30am 1 Comment

Super-cool Kosmo "Klassical" Vinyl art arrived today--love it!  Thank you! 

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More Miss Noma Fun Club Mystery by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on March 30, 2017 at 3:36am 0 Comments

Mail art by IUOMA founder Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

March 29, 2017 - The volume of mail and considerable time duration involved in the Karnival of Trash meant sidelining some other interesting trends, such as the…

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Incoming From BonnieDiva!

Posted by DaveA on March 30, 2017 at 2:20am 0 Comments

Thanks Bonnie for the very cool birdy, Love it! and the nice note

Beautiful paper bag envelope from Eric

Posted by FinnBadger on March 29, 2017 at 10:54pm 0 Comments

A fantastic envelope sent from France, made from a paper bag bought in an art shop in Australia.

Year of the Rooster

Posted by FinnBadger on March 28, 2017 at 8:01pm 4 Comments

The USPS Lunar New Year of the Rooster stamp is the 10th in a series by the artist Kam Mak. I really like the series which focuses on different aspects of this celebration, although it has been criticized for not featuring the zodiac animals more prominently.



You can't really say that about this year's stamp, as a rooster on a red hongbao is the main focus. There's also a gold rooster top right.



Here's one on a…

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And another one from the Artist in Seine (in the UK this TIME)

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 28, 2017 at 12:31pm 2 Comments

...have glue, scissors...will travel! (and she never ages)

Now for a "fly-in-the-soup"...or maybe it's tea?…

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Origami Theme by Karalie Vest (Molalla, Oregon, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on March 28, 2017 at 3:50am 2 Comments

Mail art by IUOMA member Karalie Vest (Molalla, Oregon, USA)

 March 27, 2017 - After the long ride of the Karnival of Trash there is a certain homecoming feel to resuming "normal" posting. Familiarity sometimes comes as a…

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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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More Miss Noma Fun Club Mystery by Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)

Mail art by IUOMA founder Ruud Janssen (Breda, Netherlands)March 29, 2017 - The volume of mail and considerable time duration involved in the Karnival of Trash meant sidelining some other interesting trends, such as the mysterious Miss Noma Fun Club. At long last I am documenting a comprehensive mailing from Ruud Janssen that arrived with a deluge of KoT material. So while this is not exactly “current” it is a…See More
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The Crying of Lot 49?

Started by LIGMA in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Terri Jones yesterday. 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

Best adhesive for collage

Started by David Stafford in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Kosmo Vinyl Mar 15. 76 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

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by etc etc Mar 14. 483 Replies

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

How do women/men react on receiving a mail art

Started by Sa Mue in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Mindaugas Mar 14. 5 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

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

Mail art exchange

Started by Brittany Ellis in Mail-Art Magazines and Publications. Last reply by Vel Crowe Mar 10. 15 Replies

I'm looking for more people to begin exchanging mail art with. Does anyone wasn't to become my new mail art friend?

Where buy a jagged outline post stamps machine

Started by OLIVARES DUQUE Azucena in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Shellie Lewis Feb 27. 5 Replies

Hello every body! I just love jagged outlines post stamps, and I would love to produce some lines, or letters or poststamps with this méthode.But no way, I can't find anywhere (France nor USA) a machine or any explanation to be able to built it in…Continue

Tags: DYV, machine, stamp, jagged

Need Help Please!

Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Shellie Lewis Feb 27. 2 Replies

Hi everyone, I need a collection of mail art to present for school to talk about as examples, does anyone have any they could send me?Thanks so much!I'll send some back as a thank you!my address is Caleigh Clements124 Maria St.Toronto, ON, CanadaM6P…Continue

Is there a group of collage artists?

Started by Margarete Miller in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Robyn Banks Feb 22. 3 Replies

Hi All,I've recently joined and am looking for other collage artist who would like to swap collage-based correspondence art. I've attached a few photos for you to see if this is something you'd be interested to participate in with me.I looked…Continue

Tags: correspondence, mail, art, collage

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