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Mail Art Omens from David Stafford

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 13, 2020 at 7:45am 0 Comments

In a little Oriental envelope,with bunnies,

David packed in many vintage clippings and other fun goodies,

'will definitely use these for mail art collages:…

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Mail Art Omens from Deb Douglas

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 13, 2020 at 7:43am 0 Comments

Sending bits and pieces for collage constructions,

and Add/Pass...old one back again., plus funny munny,

a very nice surprise to see Deb in the mail,

so glad mail art is finally arriving…

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new arrivals

Posted by Mary Anne on July 12, 2020 at 1:18pm 1 Comment

Sharing a couple of Yoko things have arrived recently;

First a little collage / painting by Viviana Buttarelli of Brescia in Italy.

Second, a large piece by Mike Dyar of the US of A.  This is so large I have had to make four scans and piece them together.  The envelope was marked 'the completion of this work of art will be done…

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3 full packets from the Sticker Dude

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 12, 2020 at 11:08am 5 Comments

Many fun "mail art omens" arrived from Brooklyn, New York.

Joel Cohen, the Sticker Dude sent stickers, artistamps,ATCs, lots of goodies! 

So many fun things to use on mail art:…

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CatMail with butterflies from Spain

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on July 12, 2020 at 10:35am 0 Comments

Meow. This arrived in Greece some time ago,

'wondering if I ever blogged it? Beautiful BLUE butterflies fly!

Sabela Bana sent many fun things, Add/Pass and funny munny,…

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Tail-Mail from France (Valentine Mark Herman)

Posted by Olena Spicer on July 12, 2020 at 3:30am 3 Comments

Merci bien, Valentine. My Ukrainian heart loved the Ukrainian stamps. And I hope that phone line is in good working order and calls are accepted day and night!

As tempted as I am to open the envelope, the fear of thousand sands spilling out will prevent me from doing it.

(You must have a great sense of humor!)…

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Vintage-y mail from Bonniediva

Posted by Olena Spicer on July 12, 2020 at 3:00am 0 Comments

I loved the handmade envelope, the collage, and getting to know more about you by reading the fun zine. Thank you, Bonniediva. Also, challenge accepted on the collage pieces.

Eve Rst

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 11, 2020 at 9:08pm 0 Comments

Letters received in June 2020 from France.

From the city of Valenciennes, department of Nor, I received a…

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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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"stickers? in Hamburg:"
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"Make it beautiful BLUE :-)"
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Olena Spicer's blog post Tail-Mail from France (Valentine Mark Herman)
"Valentine has really good "humour" 'cause he's a Brit living in Sigean :-)"
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Feel Mail

Mail that wants to be touched. Whether it is a soft fabric or a stimulating material, such as paper fiber or metal, whether it feels smooth or ribbed, anything goes as long it's inviting to your fingers!See More
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Valentine Mark Herman posted photos
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Olena Spicer commented on Olena Spicer's blog post Tail-Mail from France (Valentine Mark Herman)
"Valentine,  "* Or both." is the most fun option!"
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Carien van Hest commented on Carien van Hest's blog post Incoming mail from Mike Parsons, U.S.A.
"@ Mike Parsons: I will look it up later, your card is in my studio."
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Bruno Cassaglia commented on Bruno Cassaglia's blog post MULTIMEDIA ART IUOMA (reflections on time and space)
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Bradford commented on Carien van Hest's blog post Incoming mail from Mike Parsons, U.S.A.
"Prediction card: Fortune-telling, with Tarot being the most well-known/used."
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Ilya Semenenko-Basin posted a blog post
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Sabela Baña left a comment for Jennifer Wallace
"It`s a good question..."
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Mike Parsons commented on Carien van Hest's blog post Incoming mail from Mike Parsons, U.S.A.
"Carien - Not sure what you meant by a prediction card either."
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Valentine Mark Herman commented on Olena Spicer's blog post Tail-Mail from France (Valentine Mark Herman)
"Thanks, Olena! Eithre: *  I have a great sense of humour  (with a 'u'!). * Or I am mad. * Or both. * Or neither."
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tsundoku

as one so afflicted, here's a group for people who use books for mail art purposes or even just labor under the yoke of book addiction, those yearning masses who amass books intended for reading but which, mostly just pile up.See More
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Dickau unbrellaGuy

Add'nPasson from Mike Dickau. His sheets're always wonderfully printed and it looks like a crepe myrtle blooming in the bkgd. We're lucky to get 1/4 as many blooms on ours.
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Outgoing ATCs

"lovely ATC  again !!! "
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Birthday notice

Started by Carien van Hest in Other on Tuesday. 0 Replies

In the right column of the IUOMA homepage one can see whose birthday it is today, and tomorrow. Is there a possibility to see whose birthday it is next week from today (or maybe two weeks is better?), so that people can prepare a real birthday mail?…Continue

Outgoing envelope pics

Started by Samantha Price in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Jayne Barket Lyons Jul 3. 8 Replies

To all who post their outgoing mail art, specifically addressed envelopes, i invite u 2 be mindful & consider waiting 2 post ur pics until its received buy the recipient. iv’e seen a few pieces 4 me this past week alone & honestly, it really…Continue

MAIL ART & ART PEDAGOGICS.

Started by Mikula Lüllwitz in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace Jun 26. 4 Replies

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

Tags: thesis, Pedagogics, Children, Master, Teacher

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by annie Jun 14. 549 Replies

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

Presentazione della Retrospettiva di Coco Gordon, Italy 2020

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Discussions Jun 12. 0 Replies

COCO  GORDON “Timeless, Senzatempo”La natura tra performance e Exploding Booksdi Sandro  Bongiani "I empower myself to make…Continue

Mostra Retrospettiva di Coco Gordon

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Information Jun 12. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERYMostra Retrospettiva  di Coco Gordon“Timeless, Senzatempo”La natura tra performance e Exploding Books Opere 1958-2020a cura di Sandro  BongianiDal 15 giugno al  28 agosto 2020Inaugurazione:  15 giugno 2020 ore…Continue

Tags: Gordon, Coco

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

Started by Beth Allums in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Vincent Wang Jun 10. 4 Replies

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

When they come back..

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Alan Brignull Jun 2. 5 Replies

...what do you do with them?Every now and then a piece of ail art will come back to me with a notation such as Recipient has moved; or No such Address, or like that--it happens to everyone, right?Well, what do you do with a card that you've sent…Continue

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Jennifer Wallace May 31. 5 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

Starting a IUOMA mail art group

Started by Melanie Reed in PROBLEMS May 29. 0 Replies

I would like to start a surrealist group. How would I go about this?Continue

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