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Received mail from Vercruysse Viva...

Posted by Yvonne Kettner on September 28, 2020 at 11:21pm 0 Comments

Thank you so much for your beautiful surprise mail! …

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Incoming: CrackerJack Kid and Cascadia Artpost

Posted by William M on September 28, 2020 at 3:45pm 7 Comments

A wonderfully layered card from the CrackerJack kid. Great work as usual. …



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From SAMUEL in Vermont

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on September 28, 2020 at 10:07am 0 Comments

Not sure if this is an Add...and return,

but i did just that with the dots/circles :-)

very clever little fold-out card,…

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From Anja in SUOMI...Finland

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on September 28, 2020 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Very GREEN recycled envelope, beautiful!

and inside some Add/Pass sticker things:…

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Add & Pass Stash from Bonniediva

Posted by Amy Kiessling on September 28, 2020 at 12:50am 0 Comments

A whole stash of Add & Pass + Dada $$ + boring postcard collab.  to add some life to... Thank you! 

Ann Golden

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on September 28, 2020 at 12:45am 2 Comments

Ann Golden, I thank you for your mail!

I received Mail Art from San Francisco,…

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Received a trio of surrealism from Melanie Reed!

Posted by Amy Kiessling on September 28, 2020 at 12:42am 0 Comments

Thank you! 

I received the Cascadia Coffee Clutch!

Posted by Amy Kiessling on September 28, 2020 at 12:26am 0 Comments

Twice the delight with a double edition -  Thank you Cascadia Artpost! 

Merci à Jean-Philippe Gilliot

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on September 27, 2020 at 11:53pm 0 Comments

I received Mail Art of Jean-Philippe Gilliot.
Merci à Jean-Philippe Gilliot pour l'art!

Heide Monster Mail

Posted by Ann Golden on September 27, 2020 at 11:34pm 1 Comment

Just after her postcard arrived, I got an abundanceof Mail art from Heide.…

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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.

 

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Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) commented on vizma bruns's group Show us your Artspace!!!
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Ann Golden commented on Ilya Semenenko-Basin's blog post Ann Golden
"Thank you for posting. and did nit have pictures of this. Like you  prefer to make than fiddle digitally, butalays appreciate seeing posting and do post what Is get.Almost ready to send you another.Maybe a collaboratiive piece included ,if you…"
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"28.09.20 Dare Mister Val M.H., ....in regards to the Arkansas postcard:  ....from my early youth onward & the habitually practice of reading the comic pages in the daily newspaper (Lil Abner of Dogpatch, U.S.A.) & watching "The…"
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If you have heard of The Gashlycrumb Tinies By; Edward Gorey. And you have the mind for weird creepy dark disturbing things, Than join this group! I want to do a mail art exchange of your take on his Alphabet. I think this will be so awesome to see…See More
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Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) commented on William M's blog post Incoming: CrackerJack Kid and Cascadia Artpost
"I didnt notice it this morning when I gave it a quick glance after opening as I had to go out for errands. But I spotted it in your picture here. :-) Its fun with the inclusiveness. The adverts are funny too, I like kombucha but I think I'll…"
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William M commented on William M's blog post Incoming: CrackerJack Kid and Cascadia Artpost
"i noticed you were on there too heather, probably before i even noticed i was there. ah, you're solving the whole puzzle katerina! :)"
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"FROM THE CELESTRIAL SCRIBE IN BRAZIL, FOUR POSTCARDS FROM LISBON, PORTUGAL Thank you and Obrigado, Dear Scribe -- the cards took 5 weeks to arrive in France, but they did arrive safely 1.  Monument to the Discoveries What…"
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William M commented on William M's blog post Incoming: CrackerJack Kid and Cascadia Artpost
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"THREE MORE FROM KATERINA -- THANKS, THANKS, THANKS 1.  Arkansas: Wonder State -- Land of Opportunity Did you know that the Motto of Arkansas is 'Regnat Populas' (or that all the Arkansa people understand Latin? It means 'Let the…"
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Font size!

Started by Carien van Hest in Other. Last reply by Sabrina S on Friday. 1 Reply

Is there a problem with the font size again?Continue

How exactly can I get started here without the ability to post photos or to send a message???

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Heide Monster on Friday. 5 Replies

I'm only resorting to posting this concern via this page and mode because I have tried all else. I cannot upload photos to add to my page, not even to shar on a blog posting (when I click add photos I get sent to a blank page of algorithm texts…Continue

What Is "TrashPo?"

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Hilary Konrad on Friday. 9 Replies

Hello! New around here and I received a comment on a blog post I did referring to the mail art "TrashPo" and recycled treasures-all from renowned prolific and definitely 'treasurable' artist Richard Canard of Carbondale...all of which I sincerely DO…Continue

The New Whizbang

Started by Dr. Arcane in Mail-Art Projects Sep 23. 0 Replies

I am going to create just ten 'Whizbangs,' of the new, solid, 'tank' design for artists of the artistamp community. I will keep theprice as low as I can, because the intention is to get these stampperforators out in the community of artists. Please…Continue

Font size!

Started by Carien van Hest in Mail-Art Projects Sep 2. 0 Replies

Can the font size please be back to what it first was?Continue

UNITI NELLA MAIL ART di Hans Braumüller, Ruggero Maggi, Clemente Padín e Chuck Welch, 2020

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Discussions Sep 2. 0 Replies

UNITED in MAIL ARTBy Hans Braumüller, Ruggero Maggi, Clemente Padín, and Chuck Welch, 2020.…Continue

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Italy - Mostra Collettiva Internazionale “Fragilità e Distacco / 70 Years Ruggero Maggi”

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects Aug 28. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERY“Fragilità e Distacco / 70 Years Ruggero  Maggi”a cura di Sandro BongianiDal 29 agosto al 28…Continue

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Send mail or not send?

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Fleur Helsingor Aug 23. 5 Replies

Dear friends, this is not the first time I have learned that my American friends have not received my mail. This was not the case before.I live in Russia. Maybe the US Postal Service has slowed down? Can I send my collages to the US or is it better…Continue

When they come back..

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Aug 19. 7 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

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