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Concept Copyart by Ana Kawajiri (Brasilia, Brazil)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 26, 2017 at 3:43am 0 Comments

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…

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John Dowd Fan(ny) Club (a Ray Johnson related fan club) at Printed Matter in New York City through May 20

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 26, 2017 at 12:00am 0 Comments

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:

https://www.printedmatter.org/events/589

Probably some of the members are perplexed by the fan club materials in the m-a network. Ray Johnson started some classic fan…

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Peep Town from Cascadia Art Post

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on April 25, 2017 at 12:55pm 0 Comments

What a fantastic project that Jack Lattemann has created!

In fine details, there is a whole town for the…

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2017 3853 (no 1505)

Posted by jimmyconnors on April 24, 2017 at 12:37pm 1 Comment

Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: D-Kit by Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 23, 2017 at 3:59am 4 Comments

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…

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Some great art pieces recently from Mindaugas

Posted by Azzaro on April 22, 2017 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

Many thanks once…

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Found Asemics by Dave Araki (New York City, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 22, 2017 at 4:37pm 2 Comments

Asemic vispo by Dave Araki (New York City,…

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Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: DharmaDaDa Trashpo by Azzaro (Auckland, New Zealand)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on April 22, 2017 at 4:10am 5 Comments

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…

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It's about TIME: SPRING time mail art from Katerina MomKat

Posted by Willemien Visser on April 21, 2017 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

Yesterday arrived the card Katerina announced: Spring time announced with roses and butterflies! Hope it now arrives / comes back soon to Oldenburg also...…

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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 over 4500 members....

 

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a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Azzaro on Monday. 3 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

night of museums

Started by Aleninskyi Kostiantyn in Mail-Art Projects Apr 19. 0 Replies

Where in 2017 will be a mail art project on the Museum Night (may 20)?Continue

Best adhesive for collage

Started by David Stafford in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Kosmo Vinyl Apr 9. 82 Replies

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

How do women/men react on receiving a mail art

Started by Sa Mue in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Apr 9. 7 Replies

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

Sweden: the Norwegian Pond Territories.

Started by Bruce Grenville in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bruce Grenville Apr 8. 3 Replies

Yet another new stamp issue I have recently printed for a friend in Sweden. This is a cinderella for the Norwegian Pond Territories, a small enclave of Norway in Sweden, and this one…Continue

AML? Is it still extant...?

Started by S. A. Walker in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Alan Brignull Apr 6. 7 Replies

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 Francis, the Painter of Unicorns - in memoriam.

Started by Bruce Grenville in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Apr 5. 3 Replies

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

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Terri Jones Apr 3. 484 Replies

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

Fresh berry fruit stamps from Chyan!

Started by Bruce Grenville in Mail-Art Projects Apr 1. 0 Replies

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

The Crying of Lot 49?

Started by LIGMA in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Terri Jones Mar 29. 4 Replies

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

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