On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.
I use to be an active member of IUOMA 6 years ago but life took me on a roller coaster ride. I'm returning in hopes I can get some friends and start creating mail art with some of you. You can see some of my past work on my page. Cheers!
Here are two postcards sent by Amalgamated Confusion, sent many months apart. I love the minimalist approach. Three word poems, referencing history and the future!
I only recently discovered, that I may be Keith who is behind the mystery of Amalgamated Confusion. Thank you,…Continue
Opening up my archives, and posting mail, which I have received, but not properly acknowledged, because ... life happened. Here is a lovely letter from Alan Brignull from Adanaland. I admire the neatness and precision of his envelopes and subtle details of his stamps and artistamps. But is there some madness lurking behind ? This collage may suggest…Continue
I received this invitation to the Banana World tour from Carina, but unfortunately I was not able to attend and the membership card has since expired. Still, I appreciate the invitation very much! Thank you, Carina!…Continue
Mail art by IUOMA member Susanne Schumacher (Hannover, Germany)
November 19, 2018 - Susanne Schumacher is not an “Ol’ Bud” (as Fike likes to say). I do not recollect having encountered her work in the past, and I think I'd remember. All the better! For I have found a most excellent collage artist to follow, new to me.
This image-text piece – economical (in the sense of minimalist art) yet fabulously composed and powerful – is a…Continue
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 4900 members....
Hey, Y'all~Is anyone out there willing to share your wisdom about sending mail art internationally? I went to the post office yesterday with 9 pieces to send, and came back home with 2 that I hoped to send to Germany & Brazil.Combined they…Continue
I thought it was a little strange that 11 new people joined IUOMA at the exact same time. Just a heads up (no pun intended) I'm thinking we've got some ghost accounts that just opened and one potential spammer. The verbiage of the message I just…Continue
I might be new "here" but I am not new to sending art in the mail. I will never understand all the complaining or venting or whatever it is I see constantly on "here" about postage. I have never had to take an envelope to the post office and pay…Continue
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