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There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.

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Comment by Annie-Ada on March 3, 2011 at 11:35am
thanks everyone, thats really helpful. I shall start creating exciting things ASAP!
Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on March 3, 2011 at 7:38am

I count things.

This year I have mailed out, to date, 118 pieces;

I have received 66 in return.

A 56% return rate. And you might think that's not very good.

BUT, I have done two 'blind' mailings to people I didn't know but who were my Friends*, and one totally unnecessary Group mailing, making a total of 25 pieces, for which I only received 3 back.

If I exclude these from my mailing totals, I then sent out not 118 but 93, and received not 66 but 63.

The return rate is then 67%, better but it means that one in three pieces sent is not reciprocated.

But that's the Rules of the Game.

To which I have adapted, and now only send pieces to people who I know are likely to reciprocate.

So if you are reading this you might feel (remember I told you that I count things):

1. indifferent

2. guilty that you haven't replied to me

3. that you will send me something knowing that i will reply to it. I will, I promise you.

4. other

John, incidentally, is one of the people I exchange mail with on a regular, totally reliable basis.

Regards, Val


*Sometimes i wonder what a 'Friend' is, if the person in question doesn't reply.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on March 3, 2011 at 7:28am
My advice: just start sending out and don't expect anything back. The surprise when getting somethign back will be all that more. I started like that in 1980.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on March 3, 2011 at 7:03am

Mail-Art is 'guilt free' as they call it. When you send someting do not expect an answer. When you receive something, only reply when you want to. For mail-art projects, the basic unwritten rules apply.

There is no guideline on how to start. Only senders are receivers, but it sometimes takes time. The mail-artists most promently in view might not have all the time to answer.

Mail-Art is not an exchange club. You send out because you want to. Others do the same.

Comment by jon foster on March 3, 2011 at 3:03am

I basically send to a lot of new people completely out of the blue. The problem with doing this is you rarely get anything back. I probably send at least two or three times the amount of stuff out, that I get back.


Just send...maybe send to people that frequently post.


By the way, if you send something to me I will get right back to you.

Comment by Annie-Ada on March 3, 2011 at 2:21am

I'm going to ask the most basic question of all - where do I start? Is it creepy to just send something to a random person on here, or should I just sit around and wait for someone to mail to me, because I'm new...? It's all a bit like going on a first date....

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 18, 2011 at 7:04pm
will check and see what to do....
Comment by Plush Possum Studio-Rose McGuinn on February 6, 2011 at 10:39pm

My luck with displaying the IUOMA badge at our studio's blog was not good. Can you help? I've actually begun a discussion on that very topic.

It wandered here and there. It even "hopped" once. Very strange. Or would it be a planned feature, as in, Kurt Scwitters meets Samuel Calder and half the dadaists on the planet?  :)


Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 3, 2011 at 7:25pm
Always thank the postman (or postwoman, because the one that comes to our door is female). An essential part in mail-art
Comment by Lisa Malmar on December 30, 2010 at 4:19pm


Wabi sabi, right? The beauty of the art lies in it's history so thank-you Mr. Postman! 


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