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Anatomy of a pop up

Posted by Denise Woodward on October 19, 2019 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

As many of my friends know, I love pop ups.  Here is a short post about my process.

I start by creating a mock up with plain white card stock.  Sometimes I scribble some color on it in pencil in order to help me visualize the final piece.

Next, I take careful measurements and make notes.…

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Burned Piano

Posted by Denise Woodward on October 19, 2019 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

One of our local print newspapers published some adverts from the early 1900's.  Some were quite curious and fun to use in collage.  Imagine all of the fun things one could do with a burned piano!

You In Need?

Posted by jon foster on October 18, 2019 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

Add Your Address / Share / DO IT!

Posted by jon foster on October 18, 2019 at 4:09pm 2 Comments

Hola homies!

I've been curating a list of mail-art addresses for the past year, just an easy to use resource for newbies and oldbies alike. Feel free to add your address to the comments section on the blog. If you like the project feel free to share it on social media, with a carrier pigeon, etc.

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Postal Disinformation by Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on October 18, 2019 at 3:27am 1 Comment

Mail art by IUOMA member Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA)

 

October 17, 2019 - Is it the Year of the Pig? The Year of the Monkey? Mail artists are always aware of astrology & numerology. But at the MinXus-Lynxus blog the Year of the Mink never arrives. Other critters are for wranglin’ or shootin’ not countin’.

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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 thousands of members. On December 2nd 2018 the 5000th member joined in.

 

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res nullius aka. "res" left a comment for Mail Art Martha
"Love the fly in the art. Thank you for the carving advice. ❥"
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Mail Art Martha commented on Bruno Cassaglia's group wabi-sabi web art
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"Dios me libre! pescar yo? no podria matar al pescado me lo llevaria a casa como mascota."
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2019 10 17 sent

You'll maybe need to recognise the faces to read this one (it's gone to someone else in England), but the more I look at them .....
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Ficus strangulensis commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
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Ficus strangulensis commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"The Serial Asemicist strikes again here at strangulensis Research Labs. This is the 'front' of a postcard received 15 Oct. '19"
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"Esos bichitos son amorosos, una escena de verdadero relax, me gusta mucho, Martha. Y esa caña? Vos pescás?"
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John M. Bennett commented on E's group BRAIN CELL - RYOSUKE COHEN - COMPILATION
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""V for Vendetta" mask stamp by Jack, here."
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2019 10 17 (b) from Richard Baudet

"Yours got rained on! I find that very kool."
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Guido Vermeulen's group TREES
"by Ben Nicholson... at new Goulandri Modern Art museum, Athens."
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Under the same Sky
"Sky BLUE!"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on E's group BRAIN CELL - RYOSUKE COHEN - COMPILATION
"Meet up at Sounion, greece, was super nice!"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Ruud Janssen's group Mail-Art Cafe
"Coffee (cappuccino) with Van Gogh, at the new Goulandri Modern Art museum, Athens :-)"
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Mail art blogs and twitter accounts

Started by andytgeezer in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by res nullius aka. "res" on Thursday. 47 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

what is your favorite glue?

Started by katie belknap in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by res nullius aka. "res" on Wednesday. 23 Replies

Hey All.I used to use rubber cement for gluing paper together but a book and writings archivist said that it is the worst over time because both pieces become slightly transparent (as if soaked in oil) and separate anyway. When I am on the go I…Continue

Oh, dear. Have I maybe overdone the grimdark on this one piece?

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Bill Lowenburg Oct 9. 4 Replies

 Early this afternoon our friend Lamar came to visit, and i showed him a few of my recent postcards that i was about to go drop in the mailbox He said they were cool lookin'.... Then he came to a certain one that i was actually proud how it came out…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Adam Roussopoulos Sep 28. 527 Replies

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

AML? Is it still extant...?

Started by S. A. Walker in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by S. A. Walker Sep 25. 18 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

What’s your favorite kind of mail-art?

Started by Cherub Ayers in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Keith S. Chambers Sep 18. 10 Replies

Hello, what are your favorite types of mail art to receive? What is your leave favorite kind?Continue

Mail art projects

Started by Dimitra Papatheodorou in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Mary Anne Sep 16. 5 Replies

I would like to ask whether the mail artists organising a mail art project usually send a reply to the artist who takes part in the project? Is their reply a mail art, a simple e-mail or no reply at all. Is there a documentation? What is your…Continue

MOOP:JOURNALS

Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Mary Anne Sep 3. 1 Reply

Not my own project, but one I've just signed up for. It's limited to the UK, though.CALL-OUT: Be part of our…Continue

Carl T. Chew - RCBz - Reid Wood, IDENTITY OF ARTIST / Marginal Active Resistances Two

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects Aug 22. 0 Replies

Pavilion Lautania Virtual Valley / Spazio Ophen Virtual Art MuseumCarl T.  Chew - RCBz - Reid  WoodIDENTITY OF ARTIST / Marginal Active Resistances TwoTre proposte  internazionali indipendenti con un testo di Sandro  Bongiani presentate in…Continue

Tags: Spazio, Contemporanea, Arte, Ophen, Virtual

Italy /Convocazione Internazionale di Arte Postale “ Omaggio a Fausto Paci - Ambasciatore Cavelliniano"

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Bassin Jul 19. 1 Reply

Convocazione Internazionale di Arte Postale “ Omaggio a Fausto Paci - Ambasciatore Cavelliniano  in occasione del suo 95° compleanno…Continue

Tags: Boschi, Pier, Anna, Spagnuolo, Lucia

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