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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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What is the best way to share . . .

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How to rotate a photo

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What do I do with unwanted messages and friend requests

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Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 28, 2018 at 7:08pm

G'day Artful Writer,

Welcome at IUOMA!

Good question, you're not the first nor only who is wary of posting personal addresses.
About posting addresses there are no rules either, apart from that thoughtfulness might be appreciated.

About addresses on the internet there is an almost similar question/discussion, see

Speaking for myself, I prefer to post sent mail after the receiver has received it, so the surprise is kept for him or her.

When a mail artist has her or his address clearly written on the public internet (for example here at IUOMA or on his/her personal blog), I would post the mail art completely on my blog, though on instagram I usually blur any address, or I put a paper, with the written single word 'address', over the real address.
When the receiver (and also senders) doesn't have an address in public I sure will blur or cover it when I post the mail art in the internet or instagram.

Comment by The Artful Writer on December 27, 2018 at 5:05am


So I read same very loose rules. I posted a photo of my first outgoing mail art then removed it. It seems it's nicer for the receiver to post a photo of incoming mail. But what about putting up photos of what you send on your social media accounts i.e. twitter, instagram etc? Any rules about that? Bit wary of posting the personal addresses of others. 


Comment by maha on December 22, 2018 at 2:46pm

how  to fix upside image i upload at the post 

tuturial please

Comment by Linda Rogers on December 20, 2018 at 10:11pm

@Carl  I have been guilty of forgetting to sign a card or put a legible return address on something.  Never intended.  There are some people whose practice is to send anonymously sometimes.  I don't think it is meant as spooky. 

Comment by carl baker on December 20, 2018 at 8:16pm

i really dislike getting mail-art from ppl who do not identify themselves!

whats the point? i got an envelope today postmarked denver colo.with no return name/address. mail art is about exchange, its not about some anonymous spooky thing that some think it is, its frustrating, join the union and stop this nonsense please.

Comment by Mikula Lüllwitz on September 2, 2018 at 12:07pm

Is there anybody out there who is working as an art teacher in school and would like to start a mail art exchange with my group of five students at the local Montessori School here in Germany? 

Comment by Wendi Powell on August 22, 2018 at 9:04am
I changed my mind about deleting my profile. Scammed had me spooked
Comment by Wendi Powell on August 19, 2018 at 4:06am

How do I delete my profile.

Comment by Ptrzia (TICTAC) on July 23, 2018 at 12:03pm

NO Jury, NO Selection, NO Returns and NO Entry Fees are the few basic rules all Mail Art shows/projects/exhibits have in their participation Calls.  Even when some shows stretch them to a deadline or to a particular format, the basics is never changed and it has been this way since decades.

I now ask myself why in IUOMA's Mail Art Projects blog is allowed a proliferation of Calls that use the Mail Art word but have nothing to do with it, as they request Entry Fees, have Jury, do Selection and give Awards, creating confusion for new Mail Artists and deforming the nature of Mail Art.
IUOMA, as International Union of Mail Artists, plays an important part in promoting the right information, specially its projects blog, that is reference to a huge audience.
please, don't post nor promote Calls that mislead the concept of Mail Art unless their rules are changed. give a chance to educate ignorance and eliminate slyness. 
I understand the costs involved in some projects where there is documentation sent out that can produce a request for money, but it should be as donation and kept free not as a rule for entry. 

Comment by Kathy Barnett on June 19, 2018 at 8:09pm

This is probably really obvious and I just don't see it...but how do you flip a photo once you downloaded it?


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