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Ruud sends painted envelope, a cow, and BLUE too!

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 22, 2017 at 10:55am 0 Comments

Always a joy to see mail art from Ruud!

'tis dynamic in colors and thick, rich paint...the art of the…

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BEAUTIFUL BOEKIE FROM MATTHEW STOLTE

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 22, 2017 at 10:42am 0 Comments

 

Brown paper baggie boekie,

with wonderful "letter" printing by Matthew, 

thick and rich in texture,and a…

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Two from Schneider of Berlin

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 22, 2017 at 10:41am 0 Comments

Not acquainted with this mail artist,

but have received two mail art cards already...

one on a recycled…

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Mail Art in the Era of the Trump Regime...No Wavering from the Rebellion

Posted by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 9:00pm 3 Comments

Perhaps these artistamps by Jack of Cascadia Artpost say it best... We are indeed in a stormy season. But a stormy political front always means there will be some inspired art from the politically oppressed. And if you're an artist who DOESN'T feel politically oppressed...you're not paying attention.…

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FLUXUS Seasonal Mail Art...Because My Seasons Are in Flux...

Posted by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 8:12pm 1 Comment

Solstice and News Years wishes received from friends near and far... clockwise from upper right:

"New Years Rooster 2017" by Angie Cope (USA)

"New Years Wishes" arrived in an amazing FABRIC ENVELOPE from Ouis (France)...bonus for the safety pin making it through the mail…

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Envelopes Recently Received ("Recently" is Still a Relative Term...)

Posted by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 7:46pm 0 Comments

New Friend, Sa Mue sends this nifty print-and-collage with a wonderful note about her former travels to my hometown in Vermont...…

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Postcards Recently Received ("Recently" is a Relative Term...)

Posted by Thom Courcelle on March 21, 2017 at 7:34pm 0 Comments

Clockwise from Upper Right:

"Resist the Norm; Rebuke the Expected; Refute Conformity" by Amalgamated Confusion (USA)

"King Kong Audition" by David Stafford (USA)

"Remembrance of Harley" montage of the mail artist and his work by Cascadia Artpost…

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Red from Eric

Posted by FinnBadger on March 21, 2017 at 2:35pm 0 Comments

An envelope showing a scene from the Indian festival of Holi. I'm loving the unusual font, too.

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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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Postcard to a Stranger- mail art call at Germany

January 15, 2017 at 6pm to May 1, 2017 at 7pm
Hello dear mail-art friend ,you are invited to participate in the eventPostcard to a StrangerThematic: FacesSize: minimum 10 x 15 cm sent as a POSTCARDTechnique: FREEThe postcard should contain a human face, can be a selfportret or not and should be adressed to a stranger or to a hechinger (a citizen of Hechingen). All the received potcards will participate in spring 2017 ( the date to be decided later) into a street performance and it will be given to a person from the…See More
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joey Patrickt commented on Poison Label Productions's group E Mail-Art
"i use this file to show my snail mail location"
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"and for several years i produced a 'commercial' line of color xerox postcards, here's an example"
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joey Patrickt commented on MISS NOMA's group XEROX ART=COPY ART
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"thanks for the encouragement! i'm going to have to give it some thought and do just that."
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"This series would make fantastic artistamps!"
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"thanks so much finnbadger! i was thinking today i should try to make some artistamps(stamping onto pre-perforated paper) in the same vein as this series."
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"Your blue, and red arrow series is fantastic. I love the color and image combinations. Very striking."
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"completed A/P started by IUOMA member Queens Correspondance School with adds by Allegra Sleep and Amy Irwen...heading home..."
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The Crying of Lot 49?

Started by LIGMA in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by joey Patrickt Mar 16. 2 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

Best adhesive for collage

Started by David Stafford in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Kosmo Vinyl Mar 15. 76 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

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by etc etc Mar 14. 483 Replies

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

How do women/men react on receiving a mail art

Started by Sa Mue in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Mindaugas Mar 14. 5 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

a knuckle-dragging neanderthal of a newb, is nonplussed

Started by Vel Crowe in PROBLEMS. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Mar 10. 2 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

Mail art exchange

Started by Brittany Ellis in Mail-Art Magazines and Publications. Last reply by Vel Crowe Mar 10. 15 Replies

I'm looking for more people to begin exchanging mail art with. Does anyone wasn't to become my new mail art friend?

Where buy a jagged outline post stamps machine

Started by OLIVARES DUQUE Azucena in Technical Details in Mail-Art. Last reply by Shellie Lewis Feb 27. 5 Replies

Hello every body! I just love jagged outlines post stamps, and I would love to produce some lines, or letters or poststamps with this méthode.But no way, I can't find anywhere (France nor USA) a machine or any explanation to be able to built it in…Continue

Tags: DYV, machine, stamp, jagged

Need Help Please!

Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Shellie Lewis Feb 27. 2 Replies

Hi everyone, I need a collection of mail art to present for school to talk about as examples, does anyone have any they could send me?Thanks so much!I'll send some back as a thank you!my address is Caleigh Clements124 Maria St.Toronto, ON, CanadaM6P…Continue

Is there a group of collage artists?

Started by Margarete Miller in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Robyn Banks Feb 22. 3 Replies

Hi All,I've recently joined and am looking for other collage artist who would like to swap collage-based correspondence art. I've attached a few photos for you to see if this is something you'd be interested to participate in with me.I looked…Continue

Tags: correspondence, mail, art, collage

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