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Thank you for the lovely mail art, Mary! Yours is heading out Monday!

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Collaged envelope from Patricia

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Valentine from Vicki

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Thanks, belatedly!

Love Love Love from Katerina Nikoltsou

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Some lovely cuteness from Katerina Nikoltsou! Just enough to brighten up any day (:…


HELLenic Post saves goodies from Heleen

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 24, 2017 at 4:21pm 2 Comments

It came in plastic from ELTA...but it did arrive!

Hope nothing got lost? Yummy Ben and Jerry's!

Heleen in the…


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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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Where buy a jagged outline post stamps machine

Started by OLIVARES DUQUE Azucena in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Shellie Lewis 3 hours ago. 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

Best adhesive for collage

Started by David Stafford in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Shellie Lewis 3 hours ago. 72 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

Need Help Please!

Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Shellie Lewis 3 hours ago. 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

Mail art exchange

Started by Brittany Ellis in Mail-Art Magazines and Publications. Last reply by Robyn Banks on Wednesday. 14 Replies

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

Is there a group of collage artists?

Started by Margarete Miller in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Robyn Banks on Wednesday. 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

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by jimmyconnors Feb 20. 480 Replies

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

Valentines Exchange

Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Caleigh Feb 15. 3 Replies

Who wants some? Who has some to send out? I have a decent sized stack I'd like to mail out this week, and not to the same ten folks I tend to send to. I'm sure there are others around here who would like to give out little valentines too! Come on…Continue

Tags: holiday, exchange, valentines

Mail art blogs and twitter accounts

Started by andytgeezer in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Juan Carlos Vargas Feb 13. 41 Replies

Many of us keep blogs and have twitter accounts, and I know that many of us post up our best work there. Personally I love seeing people's work on their blogs, and I follow the latest work of many mailartists on Twitter too, where the banter is…Continue

Tags: mailartists, twitter, blogs

Good Art Pens?

Started by Nancy Bell Scott in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Azzaro Feb 11. 84 Replies

What are your favorite pens to use in mail art?  I have a few good (sort of) ones for my regular-size collage work -- for applying lines, not for actually writing -- but they aren't turning out to be great for mail-art scale.  New ones for writing,…Continue

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