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Intricate botanical Postcard from Irina!

Posted by Minneapolis Gnome on November 18, 2017 at 10:42pm 0 Comments

You love it!  Admit it, you ALL love it like _I_ love it, yes? 

If my job would let me change the screensaver on my work computer, this postcard from Irina in Saint Petersburg, Russia would already be my new screensaver.  I'll be hanging it on my wall so I can still get my fill of this eye candy on a…

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IT is BLUE from enchanting David Stafford

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 18, 2017 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

But what is "IT"? What can this be that he is struggling with?

It's BLUE ...and on the envelope, coming from…

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It's RED from Jokie Wilson

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 18, 2017 at 3:29pm 1 Comment

...and there should be no going back!

...not for this guy,…

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jimmyconnors is returned AGAIN :-(

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 18, 2017 at 3:28pm 7 Comments

There is something missing in this address?

It is in a plain envelope so as not to upset any 

German postal clerk...but it stil was returned.

Perhaps we have to have the street address of the 

Post Office?

we're singin' "NIXIE"!…

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Jimmy Connors, Magda and Braincell 999(!!) Incoming

Posted by William M on November 17, 2017 at 9:24am 2 Comments

A really fun altered postcard from Jimmy Connors. The reverse side appropriately features postage stamps of flowers.



A fun sort…

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Patricia Landon Add & Return Inspires NLB Homage (Delray Beach, Florida, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on November 17, 2017 at 3:21am 4 Comments

Patricia Landon - 11.11.2017 - 2

Mail art by IUOMA member Patricia Landon (Delray Beach, Florida, USA)

 

November 16, 2017 - Patricia Landon’s tee shirt project is circulating through the network with some wonderful results. I am so pleased she included me. This is a…

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The Sticker Dude has something to say

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 16, 2017 at 6:19pm 0 Comments

Will America understand: "Making a killing..."?

Stampings on the envelope, and otherworldly Halloween art:…

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From Bernhard Zilling in Berlin

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 16, 2017 at 6:17pm 0 Comments

Have no fear!...…

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new call: !typical german?

Posted by Uwe Klein on November 16, 2017 at 11:44am 2 Comments

Victorian DaDa by Gin (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

Posted by De Villo Sloan on November 16, 2017 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Gin - 11.15.2017 - 4

Mail art by IUOMA member Gin (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

 

November 15, 2017 - I have been a tad inconsistent with blogging lately. But hopefully I am a little more “back in the saddle” beginning with this FAB work by dearest Gin in…

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info IUOMA

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 4700 members....

 

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PATRICIA LANDON commented on Jan Hodgman's photo
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from James Chester 11.17

"really,really wonderful!"
3 hours ago
Toni Hanner -- tonipoet left a comment for Cuan Miles
"Cuan, the term "red letter day" was invented for days when I get mail art from you. Thank you so much for the big wonderful batch of mail art: ATC's and altered PC's. The piece with the Kafka quote is especially gorgeous. I…"
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Toni Hanner -- tonipoet left a comment for Sheri Rice
"Sheri, thank you so much for the beautiful postcard! I love the soft focus of the photo and how weathered the background papers are. Really nice work."
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post jimmyconnors is returned AGAIN :-(
"Maybe, in case you make a complaint, you can ask for free stamps (which you can use yourself because they're German stamps which we cannot use). In this complaint you can tell them that all senders have to re-send, which costs a large amount of…"
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Dean aka Artist in Seine's group BANANAS
"Happy Banana Day! And thank you, KAterina, for this Banana! Here an other Banana Split, one from under a letter, received in September from Anna :-)"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Yayoi S.W.'s photo
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"This is just gorgeous, staring up past the leaves overhead..."
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Yayoi S.W.'s photo
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"The moonlight spreading across the sky - I love it!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Carmela Rizzuto's photo
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from Mindaugas

"Wow, I hope you're framing these!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Norma Soulet's photo
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Back of envelope from Ed Giecek

"Wow, I'm loving Ed's carves!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Norma Soulet's photo
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Norma Soulet's photo
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on gin's photo
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Outgoing . . .

"These faces of yours are just so beautiful and ethereal!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Esther Artizta's photo
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2-365 ihanna

"Gorgeous, inspirational, I love the use of color and movement.  So awesome!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on PASCAL's photo
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Catharine Brown

"I'm a Gnome, it's reasonable to expect me to 'favorite' the mushroom contents.  CHECK OUT THAT PAINTED ENVELOPE, though!  NICE!"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on gin's photo
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Outgoing Trash Mail

"Her white freckles, jewel like eyes, adorable nose and full yellow lips make me smile!  Such great mail art"
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2017 XI 02 HHC'h Laura A

"Intricate, blue, watercolor, beautiful, I heart!"
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PATRICIA LANDON commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post jimmyconnors is returned AGAIN :-(
"had the same problem"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on The lone ant's photo
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Envelope sent

"These are cool carves!"
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Yayoi S.W. (U.S.A.)

"Fun and so happily yellow!  Has Strippygoose seen this?"
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Minneapolis Gnome commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post IT is BLUE from enchanting David Stafford
"So cool!"
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Does anyone want used postcards?

Started by Julie (O-kami) in Other. Last reply by LATRILLE MARTINE on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Hey guys,I have a box of used postcards, some are from the FPN postcard swap, some from PostCrossing. They cover a range from vintage to made art cards. I hate to just throw them out, someone could use them for art.The only thing I ask is that you…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by vales Nov 7. 495 Replies

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

CALL FOR COLLABORATION: 'TAOPOLIS'

Started by Jeremy Gluck in Mail-Art Projects Oct 30. 0 Replies

Hello I am seeking collaboration on the theme of "TAOPOLIS", dealing with Tokyo and Japan. If anyone wants to join me in exploring this please let me know. I require audio, video, stills, text, mail art, etc. I'm especially interested in Japanese…Continue

Tags: stills, text, audio, video, Japan

Artposto's "wee books"

Started by Chris Dodge in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Michael Leigh Oct 28. 4 Replies

Hello, all.I wonder if anyone here knows the whereabouts of the artists' book collection of Artoposto (Dorothy Harris). I understand that she died in 2005. In the eighties I had the pleasure of visiting Dorothy in Atlanta and seeing (and holding and…Continue

Image focus

Started by michael thompson in PROBLEMS. Last reply by De Villo Sloan Sep 29. 2 Replies

Why are so many images out of focus. I started deleting a few figuring it was an import issue, but realized it was something else, but what?Continue

Why? Because Mail Art!

Started by Vel Crowe in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Mim Golub Scalin Sep 25. 4 Replies

* You always grab extra copies of free neighborhood newspapers and magazines.*You go out of your way to take religious and political tracts, flyers, handbills, handouts, Scientology personality tests and crazy person literature on the street.*There…Continue

Nudity Pornography artistic nude softcore hardcore in mail art how to catalogate how to avoid

Started by MoriceMarcuse in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by MoriceMarcuse Sep 6. 4 Replies

Nudity Pornography artistic nude softcore hardcore in mail art how to catalogate how to avoid the subject of this discussion its a important matter, special during art exhibits or art call .Many event are very explicit about Political or racist or…Continue

Tags: mailart, freedom, nube, pornography

Swap 10 x 15 cm or 4"x6" Art with Morice Marcuse Address List

Started by MoriceMarcuse in Mail-Art Projects Aug 31. 0 Replies

Hello,to any one wold like to swap art in Format 10x15 cm or 4"x6" can leave your address here and send me your works  i will send my artworks ASAP for Swap with yours.I waiting your Replay Morice MarcuseC/OMenconi TizianoVia Venezia 2 Scala…Continue

Tags: moricemarcuse, fluxsart, scambio, arte, exchange

SALERNO / MARCEL DUCHAMP 1887 – Area di Confine Porta Duchamp

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Discussions Aug 25. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART GALLERYPAVILION  LAUTANIA  VIRTUAL  VALLEY  / 1887 - Kurt Schwitters & Marcel Duchamp “UNIVERSI  POSSIBILI / Verso La Globalità Intelligente”  a cura di  Giovanni Bonanno. Dal 6 maggio 2017 al 26 novembre 2017– Due…Continue

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Documenting Mail Art Received

Started by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by maha Aug 23. 11 Replies

I'm delighted to be receiving so much wonderful Mail Art -- I love my daily trip to the mailbox. I've been trying to document (by blogging) all the Mail Art that comes to me, plus a few of my own creations. This seems to be taking more and more…Continue

Tags: documentation, blogging

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