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Blog the second: serendipity perhaps . . .

Posted by Mary Anne on August 23, 2019 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I've been working hard on a new collage.  I covered a sheet of paper with random pieces of magazine, no real thought, just following the fancy.  I had three copies of the same issue of a supermarket give-away and, for some reason that I will probably never fully understand, a picture of a humble bath-brush caught both my eye and imagination.  I tore them out, halved each in a different way, then added them to the work in hand; and that was as far as it went.  The muse left me and my creation…

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Henry Denander pays homage to a visitor on Hydra Island,Greece

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 23, 2019 at 10:16am 0 Comments

Henry Miller visited the Greek island of Hydra,80 years ago,

and Henry visits Hydra often, too.

wonderful commemorative artistamps,

many thanks!…

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Yuri Gik with Rod Summers

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 23, 2019 at 10:05am 0 Comments

From 2015 meeting, Yuri sent this postcard recently,

It was a nice DADA event..

Yuri in Russia has a fun postcard exchange,

sent and ye shall receive:…

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Asemics from SPAIN

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on August 23, 2019 at 10:04am 0 Comments

Excellent postcard arrived in Greece some time ago,

from a "serial asemicst"

but not sure WHO is the sender?…

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Fluxus Space Buck + More! by Cathy Barnett (O Fallon, Missouri, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on August 23, 2019 at 5:06am 0 Comments

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Mail art by IUOMA member Kathy Barnett (O Fallon, Missouri, USA)

 

August 22, 2019 - Making and distributing Fluxus Bucks is another long-running activity that is currently experiencing a revival in the international mail art network.

I have especially enjoyed seeing images of Fluxus Space Bucks displayed at IUOMA-Ning. Mail artist Kathy Barnett kindly sent me this wonderful example. This also marks Kathy…

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Mike Parsons your Envelope has Landed

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on August 22, 2019 at 7:09pm 1 Comment

Mike makes extraordinary envelopes, brilliantly colorful, sewn, and cheerful. And there's always a very nice personal letter inside. Thank you dear friend!

Incoming: Cor Reijn and Angelica Paez

Posted by William M on August 22, 2019 at 10:18am 0 Comments

Cor sent this wonderful postcard. One of my favorites so far from the cards he's sent. …



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David Stafford Drowns me in Vintage Ephemera

Posted by Thom Courcelle on August 22, 2019 at 1:30am 3 Comments

David recently sent me a hefty Manila envelope and when I opened it, this happened...

Ephemera! Glorious! Ephemera!!! A LOT of it!!

David has either been collecting magazines since he was a toddler (or since his parents were toddlers), or he happened upon a yard sale with a mother load of Good Housekeeping magazines from the WWII…

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Thanks to SAM in NH

Posted by Bill Lowenburg on August 21, 2019 at 4:24pm 0 Comments

Kool Peace Signs and John Lennon Stamp from Sam in NH. Imma write back with some Beatle memoir. Thanks, Sam!

Thanks to Cherub!

Posted by Bill Lowenburg on August 21, 2019 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

I received a nice welcome packet from Cherub Ayers with cool hand printed imagery, a puzzle piece, and an About Me packet...Thanks, Cherub!

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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Thom Courcelle commented on Mary Anne's blog post Blog the second: serendipity perhaps . . .
"Love this anecdotal story!  This fellow from the Continent who kept tearing up your work sounds like a kind of guru of ephemeral ephemera... you reached a sort of enlightenment through trial of de-construction! "
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Blog the second: serendipity perhaps . . .

I've been working hard on a new collage.  I covered a sheet of paper with random pieces of magazine, no real thought, just following the fancy.  I had three copies of the same issue of a supermarket give-away and, for some reason that I will…See More
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S.P. Enevelope IUOMA

Thank you Sam Price for the wonderful hand drawn envelope. Love the colours. Yours is on its way !
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Under the same Sky
"Someone was flying...back from Greece? "up in the same sky"...so nice, Ruud! Here is a hot sunset sky by the Aegean Sea, Halkidiki, Greece:"
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Mail Art Martha commented on Bruno Cassaglia's group wabi-sabi web art
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De Villo Sloan commented on Ruud Janssen's group Fluxus Bucks Creators
"Fluxus Space Buck by Kathy Barnett (O Fallon, Missouri, USA). M-a received and documented by DVS August 22, 2019. Thx KB!"
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Fluxus Space Buck + More! by Cathy Barnett (O Fallon, Missouri, USA)

Mail art by IUOMA member Kathy Barnett (O Fallon, Missouri, USA) August 22, 2019 - Making and distributing Fluxus Bucks is another long-running activity that is currently experiencing a revival in the international mail art network.I have especially…See More
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Domenico Ferrara Foria is attending Uta Richter's event
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Call for mail artists: 3d international Mail Art Exhibition at MottattoM, Geneva at Geneva, Switzerland,

June 27, 2019 at 6pm to August 29, 2019 at 7pm
International Mail Art Exhibition at ProjetM@MottattoM, GenevaOur gallery space projetM@MottattoM is looking for participants in our unique mail art show in July/August 2019 Free theme, size + techniqueMail a stamped postcard or mail-art piece with…See More
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Domenico Ferrara Foria is attending Enzo Correnti's event

eSSeRCi SeNZa eSSeRCi 2019 (XII edizione) at Viareggio (Lucca)

September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Exhibition of Mail ArtConvocation International eSSeRCi SeNZa eSSeRCI (12th edition)Curated by _guroga & Enzo CorrentiIn…See More
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Mike Paul joined cheryl h.'s group
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Snail Mail Preservation Art

In an effort to preserve Snail Mail via the postal service, we can send a postcard with a message/ artwork visible on one side of the postcard that can be seen both by the postal worker and the recipient of the card.You can send a postcard to anyone…See More
13 hours ago
Profile IconJeremy Ng and Carolyn Cline joined MISS NOMA's group
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ARTHUR CRAVAN

I SHOULD LIKE TO INFORM I.U.O.M.A. MEMBERS THAT I SHALL ACCEPT WITH PLEASURE ANYTHING THEY SEE FIT TO SEND ME:JARS OF JAM MONEY ORDERS LIQUEURS POSTAGE STAMPS OF ALL COUNTRIES ETC ETCIF NOTHING ELSE,EACH GIFT WILL MAKE ME LAUGH.See More
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De Villo Sloan commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"Thanks old friend and group member Jason Motsch! Thanks for posting and I need to catch up on some correspondence with you! We'll be in touch. Welcome res! Please feel free to post anything you'd like here, of course. I do use material…"
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Mike Paul joined Ashazart's group
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ADD & PASS

This group is for members to connect with other members who are willing to send and receive Add & Pass mailart. It is not project specific, but rather simply for finding individuals who are willing to receive and forward miscellaneous items.…See More
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Carolyn Cline commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Under the same Sky
"Colorado Springs CO USA 4:30 PM Thursday August 22, 2019"
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Carl T. Chew - RCBz - Reid Wood, IDENTITY OF ARTIST / Marginal Active Resistances Two

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects yesterday. 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

I'm back!

Started by Tammy Riggins in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by res nullius aka. "res" Aug 17. 2 Replies

Hello everyone!I'm new but not new. Took a long break from mail art and ready to get started again. If you want to exchange I'll be glad to do so. I'm not so much into themes and addons; I just like to see what surprises show up in my mailbox. Will…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Roberto Scala Aug 12. 524 Replies

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

What’s your favorite kind of mail-art?

Started by Cherub Ayers in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Linda Rogers Aug 8. 3 Replies

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

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

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

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Vel Crowe Jul 8. 2 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

Outgoing envelope pics

Started by Samantha Price in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Samantha Price Jul 2. 7 Replies

To all who post their outgoing mail art, specifically addressed envelopes, i invite u 2 be mindful & consider waiting 2 post ur pics until its received buy the recipient. iv’e seen a few pieces 4 me this past week alone & honestly, it really…Continue

AML? Is it still extant...?

Started by S. A. Walker in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Lois Richter Jun 25. 10 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

thanks for your participation

Started by Hikmet Şahin in Mail-Art Projects May 20. 0 Replies

Po-Mo participation period has expired. Thank you for your participation. We can't post all the posts here because we received heavy mail. Please visit for all incoming mail:…Continue

Add antiques and souvenirs in the mail art

Started by Reyes Muñoz in Other. Last reply by Alan Brignull May 12. 7 Replies

Hello¡ To some of you like to share antiques and souvenirs of their countries in the mail art ?Continue

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