On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.


Blog Posts

Add and Pass from Jon Foster

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 19, 2018 at 9:36am 0 Comments

In a BLUE envelope from Jon, comes:

And a A4 print out of our meetinng at Delphi, Center of the World:…


EYE see Green eyes from Ruud

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 19, 2018 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Another stunning painted envelope from Ruud,

and inside, fun items with some intriguing A4 drawings:…


Ask a Cow with FluXus and DKult from C.M.Bennett

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on June 19, 2018 at 9:34am 0 Comments

RED is the color of the envelope...just Ask a Cow:

and an Add and Pass inside is the beginning

of many Add 'n…


Lisa Fraker's Mail Art Chosen for New MinXus Sticker (Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on June 19, 2018 at 4:12am 0 Comments

Fraker 6.18.2018 - 1 Mail art by IUOMA member Lisa Fraker (Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA)


June 18, 2018 - Not long ago, Lisa Fraker’s debut on my MinXus-Lynxus blog created a sensation. Here’s a link:


The new piece…


From Heide

Posted by Elena on June 18, 2018 at 9:56am 0 Comments

Thank you Heide !!

Mail art call

Posted by irene ronchetti on June 18, 2018 at 12:37am 0 Comments

Call. Theme: monsters, witches, zombies, mummies, vampires, mythological creatures, sirens, mermaids, etc.

Octopuses, all kind. Ufo, X files, all are welcome.

Size: postcard. Vertical if possible.

On going, without deadline.

Documentation only by email.

Participants outside Argentina, send by email to: zpostal@gmail.com resolution no less than 200 dpi

or by snail mail to:

Irene Ronchetti - Fraga 1060

c.p. 1427 -…


Rare Card by DSF (Dopesick San Francisco) (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on June 17, 2018 at 5:15am 0 Comments

DSF - 6.16.2018 - 1 Mail art by IUOMA member DSF (Dopesick San Francisco) aka Michael Kelly (Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA)


June 16, 2018 - DSF is a widely known artist/persona in the Eternal Network and beyond. I am thrilled to share a new piece I consider “rare” in the sense that it falls outside the parameters of classic DSF images.

DSF’s mail art – usually using the postcard format – is widely recognizable. Some of the images I might even dare call iconic.…


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 over 4800 members....


Latest Activity

Mike Parsons left a comment for Toni Hanner -- tonipoet
"Toni - So glad you liked the Mail Art.  Appreciate your photos posted to IUoMA.  At the moment my day job interferes with posting photos.  I focus on creating/send original art and a letter. Hope that's ok. I just sent you…"
2 hours ago
Heleen de Vaan commented on Ti Ar Raden's group Under the same Sky
3 hours ago
Richard Canard commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo

small squiggly square

"19.06.18 Dare Ficus s. ....certainly like  these, intense strong graphic labyrinths...but I am  unfortunately reading "GOP" practically dead center in this one. SinCelery, Richard Canard "
3 hours ago
jimmyconnors replied to san gayer's discussion Need help to find words
"understood. it's just that I can't afford either of the sponsorships, and I certainly would if I could as what I've seen of her art is pretty amazing. unfortunately, I'm not the most bestest with words myself, mitsta'er."
3 hours ago
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo

large squiggly square

"Larger image in the spirit of "arguably asemic, also tiles the plane."
3 hours ago
Ficus strangulensis posted photos
3 hours ago
Ficus strangulensis commented on Ficus strangulensis's photo

small squiggly square

""Arguably Asemic" Tried2post to the Asemic Art group but failed. A product of Filter Forge, it tiles the plane."
3 hours ago
Ficus strangulensis commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
":"Arguably Asemic", from filter forge, also it may be used to tile the plane. YOB -f"
4 hours ago
Bonniediva commented on Bonniediva's group DECOS - Do you miss them?
"Hey Everyone! I’m so happy for the interest. To keep the weight down, we could use thin paper for the pages and keep them under 10 pages. I’m going to send one to each of you on the discussion board! Yay!"
4 hours ago
Melanie Jayne Ashford commented on Bonniediva's group DECOS - Do you miss them?
"I love swapping decos. I have a couple to pass on."
4 hours ago
Profile IconMelanie Jayne Ashford, Amber Scribble and 4 other members joined Bonniediva's group

DECOS - Do you miss them?

Do you miss Decos? What’s a DECO? It’s a sort of mail art friendship book, but with a theme. Each book has around 6 to 10 pages inside and a THEME. You do a page according to your art style and following the theme, and you mail it to another DECO…See More
4 hours ago
PATRICIA LANDON commented on Heide Monster's photo


4 hours ago
Carolyn Cline commented on Ruud Janssen's group ArtiStamps Creators
"Newly minted TGIF stamps"
5 hours ago
Amber Scribble commented on Bonniediva's group DECOS - Do you miss them?
"Heck yes!! Meeeeeeee!!!"
5 hours ago
Carolyn Cline posted a photo
5 hours ago
Uta Richter commented on Bonniediva's group DECOS - Do you miss them?
"love the idea. how many pages? are social and political topics okay? might be interesting ... thank you for the invitation, Bonniediva Uta"
5 hours ago
Heide Monster commented on Heide Monster's photo


"From Lin Collette, I should have posted this sooner, I was busy reading it."
6 hours ago
Heide Monster posted photos
6 hours ago
Manda Ballew joined Dimitra Papatheodorou's group


Share envelopes you really like, special envelopes received or sent.(Photo: mail art from Richard Baudet)See More
6 hours ago
Manda Ballew joined Jade H's group

RAK's (Random acts of Kindness)

I noticed there was no group for this, and I thought that there should be because it is nice to wake up to an envelope of goodies without knowing it was coming. You can also post wishes on this page - things you would like to receive to give people…See More
6 hours ago


  • Add Photos
  • View All

Polls and Surveys - A new one each month!


Need help to find words

Started by san gayer in PROBLEMS. Last reply by jimmyconnors 3 hours ago. 3 Replies

Dear artists,I need your suggestion. My friend Bianca Severijns https://biancaseverijns.com/ was invited by the La Biennale di Venezia 2019 as an emerging paper artist. She needs to write a letter to plead…Continue

LAST CALL for THE POST Project - Greece!!!

Started by Chorianopoulou Maria in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Janys oliveira 22 hours ago. 1 Reply


Tags: Post, the


Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects May 21. 0 Replies

INTERNATIONAL MAIL ART PROJECT SPACE OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERYVia S. Calenda, 105/D  84126  Salerno (Italy). "Add and Return" project entitled:“SELFIE SEARCHING  FOR  IDENTITY” Curated by Giovanni Bonanno and in collaboration with the Ophen Virtual…Continue

Tags: Salerno, Gallery, Art, Italia, Collezione

Starting Mail Art

Started by Bruno Andrews in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Heide Monster May 12. 25 Replies

So I just joined but I really don;t know how to start or what is acceptable to mail.  I have artwork that I would like to send on 6x6 and 8x8 canvas boards but where can I go so send my artwork?  Do I send to strangers, friends, family, etc?  Please…Continue


Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects Apr 12. 0 Replies


Tags: Ophen, Spazio, Contemporanea, Arte, Virtual

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Criptalia Apr 2. 501 Replies

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

Call for Artistamps for Corrigan's Erratic Manifest #4

Started by Bob Corrigan in Mail-Art Projects Mar 27. 0 Replies

Dear IUOMA friends,The next issue of whatever this thing I do is will feature an interview with Sally Wassink (http://www.sallyw.com), and each copy will include one of her artistamps for the readers to enjoy and…Continue

Does anyone want used postcards?

Started by Julie (O-kami) in Other. Last reply by Deb Wilson Mar 8. 5 Replies

Hey guys,I have a box of used postcards, some are from the FPN postcard swap, some from PostCrossing. They cover a range from vintage to made art cards. I hate to just throw them out, someone could use them for art.The only thing I ask is that you…Continue

Submit to Angry Old Man Magazine

Started by Drew B. David in Mail-Art Magazines and Publications Feb 14. 0 Replies

Submit your work for AOM's third issue.SubmitContinue

Valentines Exchange

Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ti Ar Raden Feb 14. 13 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





Want to support the IUOMA with a financial gift via PayPal?

The money will be used to keep the IUOMA-platform alive. Current donations keep platform online till 1-aug-2019.   If you want to donate to get IUOMA-publications into archives and museums please mention this with your donation. It will then be used to send some hardcopy books into museums and archives. You can order books yourself too at the IUOMA-Bookshop. That will sponsor the IUOMA as well.










© 2018   Created by Ruud Janssen.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service