October 2010 Blog Posts (183)

Otto von Bismarck mail art call - from Roland Halbritter

A second Luftpost closely followed the first one. This is a mail art call from Roland Halbritter in Nüdlingen.

I love my scanner, but I have to say that it didn't do a great job with this texture. The postcard is actually shiny and has this metallic sliver/gold feel to it.

The call is about Otto von Bismarck, I refer you to Roland's blog about it:… Continue

Added by Marie Wintzer on October 16, 2010 at 2:24am — No Comments

Another Artist Turns 80 - Mail Art Call - November 2010

Please join me in celebrating a carving artist I know named Roberta James and all of the other wonderful artists turning 80 this year! Send your mail art about aging, surviving time, longevity, and/or confronting the pros and the cons of being 80 to:

Another Artist Turns 80
c/o Carla Cryptic
PO Box 1274
Berkeley CA 94701

or send your digital art (a scan of…

Added by Carla Cryptic on October 15, 2010 at 8:02pm — 4 Comments

Received: Mail-art of the Nihil from Eduardo Cardoso (Portugal)

September 14, 2010 - Eduardo Cardoso sent me mail-art that has been long-awaited. And this piece was worth the wait because it is for me such an original statement that becomes part of the dialog of mail-art visual poetry at the IUOMA. First, Eduardo has called this piece "Tears." There is an artist's reason for this, but it is not about IUOMA. Tania - and I am sure Eduardo - add our… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on October 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

For the Project The World is a Town from Frank Odette and Stefano Fossiant Sini

I received the first mail for the Project "The World is a Town" from Australia and Italy - now I will HAVE to dismantle the book TODAY, and it will begin a new life in Mail Art. Frank sent a very interesting sort of hyper-palimpsest - a page that has been written on over and over so that previous traces of writing are visible. He did this on a glossy photographic paper, scoring the sheet and then rubbing in charcoal (Right Frank??). You did some research…


Added by cheryl penn on October 15, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

From Marie At Last The Lonely Crimson Giant and The Hollow Men

A 'then' story: I had been waiting for so long for Marie's mail and then it arrived: the alone-ness of the man in the image was very striking: then Marie wrote the blog about the loneliness of the Crimson Giant walking away from the Tower of Babel: then I photographed an old work I had done which is in a head-office in Johannesburg, filled with Hollow Men (T.S.Elliot) inspired by a…


Added by cheryl penn on October 15, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Received from Valentine Mark Herman, France--thank you!!

Added by Bifidus Jones on October 14, 2010 at 5:33pm — No Comments

What guides them, what they regard as right or wrong; how they view them- - for Cheryl Penn

I sent this postcard to Cheryl before knowing of the Crimson Giant. And when I look at it now I see it as a prelude to the book, or as a coincidence of some kind. I see the Giant, walking away from the Tower of Babel, feeling sad and lonely. Sad of not being able to communicate with people even though he understands all the languages they are speaking. Lonely not being able to approach them, so close yet so far.

Anyway, I'm glad the card… Continue

Added by Marie Wintzer on October 14, 2010 at 2:17pm — 4 Comments

Stuff Going Out Tomorrow---What Are You Sending?

Added by jon foster on October 14, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Received: Mail-art from Cheryl Penn (South Africa)

September 13, 2010 - Found a very nice piece of mail-art in my P.O. box from Cheryl Penn last Saturday.

This is the front of the envelope. The woman at the P.O. desk said…

Added by De Villo Sloan on October 14, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments


LOOK OUT GUYS!!!! I'm going to spend a marathon weekend making really BAD ART! I'll start mailing it on Monday. ART so BAD you can smell it! Glitter..stickers...garbage! I think we all could use a little joke. I will do what i am called to do. This one goes out to Snookie lovers everywhere! Okay, so i'm crazy...so what.

Added by Karen Champlin on October 13, 2010 at 11:35pm — 10 Comments

Received--Eduardo's tears--muito obrigado!

Added by Bifidus Jones on October 13, 2010 at 7:56pm — No Comments

JG Update

Dear Fellow MA Enthusiasts,

Sorry I have been quiet for so long. Been busy with school and the debut tonight of my feature film, The Defiled. I've squeezed in a lithography class in my off hours and am about ready to send out prints in the next couple weeks based on my first attempts. I'm pretty happy overall.

For February 2011, I'm currently completing beta tests on an animated short based on a lovely song from "The Clockwork Quartet" and attached is the art from a recent… Continue

Added by Julian Grant on October 13, 2010 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

#500 - from Arttower

This is my first Luftpost, yey! Although I'm not quite sure what it represents, I like to think that the four fishes on the front of the card somehow echo the fishermen and fishes I have sent Arttower. It is probably nothing of the kind, but I find it interesting with mail art, how the "receiver" might interpret a work in a totally different way than the "sender" had.

The back of the card also has a nice collection of IUOMA… Continue

Added by Marie Wintzer on October 13, 2010 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Goodbye Angie

Last Saturday Angie Cope shut down her site and left us. It was a long time coming. I really liked Angie a lot. She was there for everybody. She participated in conversations. She was very funny. I enjoyed her art and her as a human being. Angie sent me a long email after she left. She didn't feel IOUMA was right for her. She also said at times she was treated less than nice. She didn't feel like enough of an artist for us. All so sad to me. She's on a Ning site she feels more suited for. So… Continue

Added by Karen Champlin on October 12, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

If you can go only one place and do only one thing - for Karen Champlin

Added by Marie Wintzer on October 12, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Map postcards - for back home

This is no art, of course, but I believe everyone likes to receive postcards. I have made 6 of those to send out to my family in Europe. Tourist maps make great postcards and are so easy to do, it took me about 10 ridiculous minutes per card.

I have been to Onomichi this weekend, and I wanted the cards to contain the…

Added by Marie Wintzer on October 12, 2010 at 12:07pm — 3 Comments

Sent: Concrete poetry to Cheryl Penn (Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa)

(from 'deep square wave structure" by Karl Kempton)

October 11, 2010 - So, okay, I'm not actually mailing this. I didn't want to change the blog format for a one-time thing. Cheryl, it's amazing how Mehrl Bennett could put things in… Continue

Added by De Villo Sloan on October 12, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

So where does this leave the hungry traveler? - for my brother's B day

Added by Marie Wintzer on October 12, 2010 at 1:07am — No Comments

Burnt Books

Nextbook Press is proud to announce a call for Mail Art to celebrate the publication of Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka, by Rodger Kamenetz.

Burnt Books is an evocative theme conjuring all kinds of imagery of loss and ephemera, memory, and the sharing of stories at a time when we are on the eve of dramatic changes in how words themselves are passed on and stories told. Conflicting perceptions on the meaning of ”death of print,” losses within the publishing… Continue

Added by Mim Golub Scalin on October 11, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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