On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
Just a small card, almost ATC size...but a beauty, vertical or horizontal:
masking tape and minimal rubbing makes…Continue
Another card arrived from Keith...about that "weather balloon" of 1947 in New Mexico.
This is the second card that…Continue
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........
The various things that adorn my head -- hats, sort of lobsters from Maine, wigs -- will be featured here. I'll change the photos from time to time. In the meantime, please feel free to continue as usual and make all sorts of silly comments about my…Continue
Murray Menzies, an artist who has designed and printed numerous artistamps, is presently in prison in New Zealand (for a "drugs" offence done by his flatmate, who did not confess, so Murray got the blame!)He is now in jail until at least March…Continue
Suus in Mokkum kindly sent Bianca, Trouble and me some of her very special knitted 'tails', and some balls of wool for me to make my very own 'tails' with.Here's two photos of Bianca on my desk playing with one of Suus' tails:…Continue
How many of you has this happened to? Between what countries?Don't you hate when mail is lost. Lost art. Lost communication.And it also sucks losing a little cash each time as it adds up.Lately I sent mail to Germany, Argentina and France that was…Continue
Who will be attending?? I am planning to be there! Unfortunately, I will not be there until Friday, and will miss the interesting-sounding lecture taking place on Thursday. But I am very excited nonetheless! Please say hello if you see me...I look…Continue
Egg project 2014Hi,I'm very excited to announce this Egg project for the 3rd time now. After the success in the previous years I would be pretty pleased to receive such a large number of works and I'll do my best to reply each and every one of…Continue
RUGGERO MAGGI/ Mostra Workshop Libro d'artista, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Workshop Libro d'artista – mostra finalea cura di Ruggero Maggi …Continue
UGH! This week the price of postage has risen by almost a dollar to send International post. Until now we've had a $1.70 price for postcards and 'card only' post. That no longer exists. Any mail being sent from AUS internationally will now cost…Continue
UAVM VIRTUAL MUSEUM15 Fevereiro February 25 Abril 2014UAVM Virtual Museo presenta l'esposizione della sua Raccolta Internazionale.#1 - THE INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONO Museu Virtual do Artista Desconhecido apresenta uma exposição da sua Colecção…Continue