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Zines from SaraMarie arrived yesterday!

Posted by Minneapolis Gnome on February 22, 2020 at 11:41pm 1 Comment

I got ZINES from SaraMarie in Conneticut on Friday!  Check out this haul!  She made a gorgeous…


Incoming from Jean Charles Boilevin - France

Posted by arttower on February 22, 2020 at 2:57pm 2 Comments

Thank you Jean Charles               …


Incoming: Cascadia Artpost, Carmen Kennedy and Hale Stamp Company

Posted by William M on February 22, 2020 at 2:29pm 4 Comments

A very fun card from Cascadia Artpost celebrating Anna Banana's 80th birthday. I love that the artistamp got cancelled once by Cascadia Artpost and a second time by the post office. …


Mail Art from Thomas Brown

Posted by Carien van Hest on February 21, 2020 at 5:42pm 2 Comments

Thank you, Thomas!

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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 thousands of members. On December 2nd 2018 the 5000th member joined in.


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Mail Art Calls?

Started by kiyotei in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Feb 16. 3 Replies

Haven't been here in a while. Where is it appropriate to post MA Calls?ThanksContinue

What’s your favorite kind of mail-art?

Started by Cherub Ayers in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Thomas Brown Feb 13. 15 Replies

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

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Nicola Mitchell Feb 12. 538 Replies

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

Talk by John Held

Started by Michael Leigh in Mail-Art Information Feb 11. 0 Replies

Just a reminder in case any of you missed it. As part of the CURIOUS THINGS exhibition now on at Special Collections, MMU in Manchester. John Held is parachuting in as he returns to  USA via his flight from Budapest to do a talk about mail art and…Continue

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Making Artists and Mail art enthusiasts in VA - call for work

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jayne Barket Lyons Feb 8. 1 Reply

My high school art students are making some cool collages and ATCs and are loving the idea of swapping mail art. We'd love to do a semester-long swap and collect mail art to curate a mail art show for our New Kent Celebrate the Arts event May 2nd.…Continue

Got tips for cheapest ways to send mail art internationally?

Started by nonimouse in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Feb 6. 21 Replies

Hey, Y'all~Is anyone out there willing to share your wisdom about sending mail art internationally?  I went to the post office yesterday with 9 pieces to send, and came back home with 2 that I hoped to send to Germany & Brazil.Combined they…Continue


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Dear Mail Art Family,does anyone of you out there know of any projects or literature dealing with the connection of MAIL ART and ART PEDAGOGICS ? Maybe there are pedagogues who read these lines... and maybe someone of you already brought MAIL ART…Continue

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Started by Jennifer Wallace in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Jan 20. 6 Replies

Not my own project, but one I've just signed up for. It's limited to the UK, though.CALL-OUT: Be part of our…Continue

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Started by Bruno Cassaglia in Mail-Art Projects Dec 17, 2019. 0 Replies

Many mail artists, perhaps, will not agree, but since 2020, I hear theneed to change, even the way to do mail art, not more advance,for the moment.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.poetamailartfluxusMolti mailartisti, forse, non saranno…Continue





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