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Science from Carolyn Cline

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on March 24, 2019 at 12:02am 1 Comment

How do I know this is science? It says so right on the back of the card! It also says that there will be a test! God I hope I can get ready in time and find someone who will share the answers. Maybe the answers to the test are on the David Stafford Info Wheel! Thanks (I think)…


David Stafford, Your Wheel Has Landed!

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on March 23, 2019 at 11:59pm 0 Comments

Yippee! I no longer have to lie awake nights worrying what category in which to place the beautiful, unusual, or frankly crappy bits of mail art I receive. I can simply place the object on the wheel and let it spin! David, I hope you put this into production soon so that everyone on the mail art wheel can benefit! Mercy…


Melissa Wand's zine -- Alice in 1950s Land Vol 2

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on March 23, 2019 at 11:46pm 0 Comments

Oh I LOVE this zine! The combination of Alice, the vintage photos, and the weird cut-up poetry is simply GREAT!

BonnieDiva's "Bon-Zine No. 4" (the love issue!) is out

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on March 23, 2019 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

I received two great zines in one day! I adore this "Love Issue" of the Bon-Zine! Bonnie also sent me this wonderful Easter egg:

and a Deco "My True Story" that I can play with! Yippee! Thanks Bonnie! (edited…


Calligraphic exchanges

Posted by Leslie K on March 23, 2019 at 9:19pm 0 Comments

Looking to exchange envelopes with others on an ongoing basis. Although I do love to see the fun envelope designs, I love to see my name in a beautiful hand-lettered fashion.

I'm really into my ruling writer and abstract lettering/fun fonts. Recently, made my first "cola pen"/folded nib.

My "traditional" lettering needs work (italic, uncial -- any broad edge/chisel nib), which is probably why I prefer the free-style of the folded pen and abstract…



Posted by Mail Art Martha on March 23, 2019 at 8:15pm 5 Comments



I received mail art of Niniji Chen from ROC (Taiwan)

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on March 23, 2019 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

Thanks to Niniji Chen!

A dragon from Eva

Posted by FinnBadger on March 23, 2019 at 3:45pm 0 Comments

Eva sent me this awesome dragon mail last year. I love the way she extended his tongue (or is it a flame?) onto the stamp.…


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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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Do you miss Decos? What’s a DECO? It’s a sort of mail art friendship book, but with a theme. Each book has around 6 to 10 pages inside and a THEME. You do a page according to your art style and following the theme, and you mail it to another DECO…See More
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Mail art blogs and twitter accounts

Started by andytgeezer in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Ruud Janssen 7 hours ago. 47 Replies

Many of us keep blogs and have twitter accounts, and I know that many of us post up our best work there. Personally I love seeing people's work on their blogs, and I follow the latest work of many mailartists on Twitter too, where the banter is…Continue

Tags: mailartists, twitter, blogs

Getting Hammered by Email Notifications

Started by Nat in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Nancy Bell Scott Mar 14. 6 Replies

I'm not sure what has gone wrong, but I keep getting sent email after email from the platform asking me to approve a friend request.  I approved the friend request days ago but was still getting notifications, and today I finally disabled…Continue

DeepDream [online image transmogrification]

Started by Ficus strangulensis in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Kathy Barnett Mar 14. 16 Replies

DeepDream! Wow! This is an online, image manipulation service which takes your file input and changes it according to arcan rules [???] apparently using imagery it finds online. So far it seems to add a lot of faces and eyes but I imagine it will…Continue


Started by Tri Maliny in Mail-Art Discussions Feb 21. 0 Replies

Bom dia, falas portugues?Hello, I'd like to praktice more my portuguesse. I am beginner and I'd like to improove in it. I can offer czech or english in exchange. If you want to write artsy letters with me, send me your adress via email:)…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Raj Verdi Feb 17. 510 Replies

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


Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bonniediva Feb 15. 3 Replies

THIS IS THE PLACE, MY FRIENDS FROM FAR AND WIDE. Valentine's! Who wants some? Who sends them? I want them, I send them!Post here to receive a deluge of love this February.Send more Valentine's this year. Send more love this year.Continue

Tags: day, valentine's, valentines, valentine

A History of Love Stamps

Started by josh berger in Mail-Art Projects Feb 15. 0 Replies

Infographic poster by Chief Perforation Officer Niko Courtelis. Read more and download a high resolution version of the…Continue

Tags: stamp, history, PortlandStampCo, infographic, stamps

Gyotaku anyone?

Started by Ficus strangulensis in Mail-Art Discussions Feb 12. 0 Replies

I wonder if there might be enough interest in Gyotaku, Japanese fish printing, to have a group or maybe a sub-group of Ruud Janssen's Rubber Stamping group?Y'r ol' Bud, FikeContinue

Tags: japanese, gyotaku, fish, stamping

Valentines Exchange

Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Keri Alley Feb 11. 19 Replies

Who wants some? Who has some to send out? I have a decent sized stack I'd like to mail out this week, and not to the same ten folks I tend to send to. I'm sure there are others around here who would like to give out little valentines too! Come on…Continue

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