On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
Beautiful collage and business card from Justin Marquis (AKA Amor Fati & Ampersand.) Love the use of stamps on the envelope, quite stunning. The photo in the collage is gorgeous as well, I'm so curious as to where it was found. …Continue
One of the saddest and MOST EMBARRASSING things that happened during my move in 2014 from the west coast US to the east coast US was the loss of a special DKult Trashpo mailing that was sent from MailArt Martha. She had…Continue
Very happy to see this vintage altered card from…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........
Today online on Ning there are over 4200 members....
I am planning an extended trip this fall, traveling through Europe and possibly SE Asia. I have 2 questions for IUOMA members. First: do members ever meet up in person? The reason I ask is because I think it would be an interesting and fun way to…Continue
I'm delighted to be receiving so much wonderful Mail Art -- I love my daily trip to the mailbox. I've been trying to document (by blogging) all the Mail Art that comes to me, plus a few of my own creations. This seems to be taking more and more…Continue
I try to keep an updated database of address.I keep track of the amount of mailart sent and from whom I receive so to never forget to mail back. For now, the given numbers are: SENT 312 / RECEIVED 37 ... , I know that many mail gets lost into a deep…Continue
Dear Artist Colleague!This is the 5th time that the Mail Art Egg Project is being announced. Topic: egg, as a form, shape, patternProject time: 18th January – 20th March 2016Address: Éva Mosonyi, 19 Hegyalja Street, Pécs, H-7625, HungaryWebpage:…Continue
Deadline: 15th February 2016Location: Portugual, Lobão da BeiraARTErra is a multidisciplinary artistic residency placed in the green and friendly village of Lobão da Beira. We began our project with the aims of hosting artists by providing them with…Continue
Is there an age restriction for participating in IUOMA? My 7-year-old grandson is fascinated by the Add & Passes, collaborative books, etc. that I get and always asks if he can work on them. I thought it might be fun and educational for him to…Continue
This may have been answered at some point in the past but I myself am new here and the gods know where I might find the post that answers this. It could have been years ago..When the envelope, not what's inside the envelope, is the piece of art,…Continue
Cari Amici, sabato 23 come vedrete dalla foto, presenterò questa mia nuova azione poetica con nuovi testi e un nuovo metodo. La stagione non è favorevole, ma ci tenevo a presentare questa nuova performance nella galleria dove mossi i primi passi in…Continue
Hi, my name is Chris Madden and I just received my Doctor of Arts in Leadership Studies. My dissertation was about Benjamin Franklin. He was the first Postmaster General, an inventor, world traveler and Peace Negotiator among other titles and…Continue