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A slide from Eden

Posted by FinnBadger on March 27, 2017 at 2:55pm 0 Comments

Interesting mail art from Eden.


It is EXPERIMENT #35 from Diane Hale

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 27, 2017 at 11:51am 0 Comments

Large envelope arrived in Greece,

and inside:

a beautiful vintage paper with fine penmanship of…


From Carina in SUOMI (FINLAND:-)

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 27, 2017 at 11:43am 0 Comments

Do you see a Suomi goat eating oats?

"...goats eat oats,

and doe's eat oats,

and little lambs eat…


Cardboard recycled from Alana Schlotter

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 27, 2017 at 11:42am 0 Comments

Punched blue and green paint on this card,

made on a piece of trashpo cardboard:…


Received from Robyn Banks - Australia

Posted by arttower on March 27, 2017 at 8:27am 0 Comments

Thank you Robyn

Received from Toni Hanner - USA

Posted by arttower on March 27, 2017 at 8:26am 0 Comments

Thank you Toni

SMTMA: Debra Mulnick's Bicycling Kangaroo

Posted by Thom Courcelle on March 26, 2017 at 8:27pm 0 Comments

This blog is continuing a series of posts describing received correspondence that is "Something More Than Mail Art"—(SMTMA)—mail art that exceeds the standards of anticipation. (For a fuller description, see my previous blog post: …



Posted by Giovanni Bonanno on March 26, 2017 at 8:01pm 0 Comments


-Scadenza del progetto: 30 giugno 2017…


Something More Than Mail Art (SMTMA): Minneapolis Gnome

Posted by Thom Courcelle on March 26, 2017 at 7:32pm 3 Comments

Sometimes we get something in the mail that exceeds expectations and excels beyond requirements of the medium of mail art. So this is a new "category" or "genus" or "subspecies" of blog post that I am creating for my documenting reviews: "…


Posted by Lorella on March 26, 2017 at 7:03pm 0 Comments

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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 over 4500 members....


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The Crying of Lot 49?

Started by LIGMA in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Alan Brignull on Thursday. 3 Replies

Have any of you read The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon? I've recently read it, and have been creating a sizeable amount of art based on it. It is very related to mail, specifically unofficial mail  carrier organizations within the US. A good…Continue

Best adhesive for collage

Started by David Stafford in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Kosmo Vinyl Mar 15. 76 Replies

A friend asks: What's the best adhesive for magazine collage that won't wrinkle the paper? I told him Spray Mount...anybody have any other suggestions?Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by etc etc Mar 14. 483 Replies

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

How do women/men react on receiving a mail art

Started by Sa Mue in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Mindaugas Mar 14. 5 Replies

I dare to ask a question because it troubles me. I would like to know the experience of others how often men reply to female art. My experience is that 62%of the women react, only 20% of the men give a sign.Is is normal or are my mail arts so bad,…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Mar 10. 2 Replies

NOTA BENNY, i just posted the same message as a blog post; my befuddlement knows no bounds. f this is not good etiquette here, please cut a rank beginner a break, okay? thanks a zillon!thurs 03/09/2017 15:30THIS ISN'T MEANT AS A GRIPE OR…Continue

Mail art exchange

Started by Brittany Ellis in Mail-Art Magazines and Publications. Last reply by Vel Crowe Mar 10. 15 Replies

I'm looking for more people to begin exchanging mail art with. Does anyone wasn't to become my new mail art friend?

Where buy a jagged outline post stamps machine

Started by OLIVARES DUQUE Azucena in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Shellie Lewis Feb 27. 5 Replies

Hello every body! I just love jagged outlines post stamps, and I would love to produce some lines, or letters or poststamps with this méthode.But no way, I can't find anywhere (France nor USA) a machine or any explanation to be able to built it in…Continue

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Need Help Please!

Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Shellie Lewis Feb 27. 2 Replies

Hi everyone, I need a collection of mail art to present for school to talk about as examples, does anyone have any they could send me?Thanks so much!I'll send some back as a thank you!my address is Caleigh Clements124 Maria St.Toronto, ON, CanadaM6P…Continue

Is there a group of collage artists?

Started by Margarete Miller in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Robyn Banks Feb 22. 3 Replies

Hi All,I've recently joined and am looking for other collage artist who would like to swap collage-based correspondence art. I've attached a few photos for you to see if this is something you'd be interested to participate in with me.I looked…Continue

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