On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
Mail art by Ana Kawajiri (Brasilia, Brazil)
The mail art movement was at the forefront of experimentation with and circulation of copyart. Copyart is deeply associated with at least one Golden Age of mail art (in the 70s…Continue
This has been mentioned elsewhere on the IUOMA platform, but I want to make sure members know about the John Dowd Fan Club show. This is classic work from the 70s & 80s with a Ray Johnson connection. The link features some great examples from the show:
Probably some of the members are perplexed by the fan club materials in the m-a network. Ray Johnson started some classic fan…Continue
Mail art by IUOMA member Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)
April 22, 2017 - As I have asked before: What would the Karnival of Trash be without work by the raining Queen of Trash(po)? Luckily, Diane Keys has been exceedingly…Continue
Mail art by IUOMA member Azzaro (Auckland, New Zealand)
April 21, 2017 - An interesting twist in the final days of the Karnival of Trash is the appearance of work from New Zealand, a location which has hardly been a center of…Continue
Yesterday arrived the card Katerina announced: Spring time announced with roses and butterflies! Hope it now arrives / comes back soon to Oldenburg also...…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 4500 members....
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
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
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
The last time I was a member of IUOMA, I was still involved with mailart thru the AML List (Artists' Mailing List?). We sent "anniversary" stamps to one another, I recall. The last one I made was for the 10th anniversary in 2009. Does this list…Continue
HARLEY, THE PAINTER OF UNICORNS: IN MEMORIAM STAMP. Occussi-Ambeno will issue a commemorative stamp on 27th March 2017, to celebrate the life of Terra Candella’s Painter of Unicorns, Harley, announced the…Continue
I am happy to announce Chyan's first new stamps since 2005. The set of four (issued on 15th March 2017) features berry fruits, and comes in attractive minisheets with a marginal caption urging citizens to eat lots of fresh berry fruit, for good…Continue
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