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Extreme Makeover by Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

Carina - 3.0.2014 - 1

Mail-art by IUOMA member Carina Granlund (Petsmo, Finland)

March 9, 2014 - Carina Granlund has made this impressive entry in the MinXus-Lynxus Who Has The Best Hair Contest. The concept seems to be a hair…


Added by De Villo Sloan on March 9, 2014 at 5:40am — 6 Comments

Journal Swap with Borderline Grafix and Emily Coles. Together about 46 pages!

Borderline Grafix: traditional binding with recycled plastic thread. Interesting collages on heavy paper.…


Added by Carina on March 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Received an award

Today I received a lovely reward from Sweden:

more details you can find on: http://www.theshapethatchangedtheworld.com/#award

They write about the reason for the award:…

Ruud Janssen Fluxus artist, Netherlands

Added by Ruud Janssen on March 1, 2014 at 8:37am — 7 Comments

Erica Durante sends mail art to Greece

So good to see Erica again, been a long time! Now Time-to-PLAY!

Lovely mail art with dots and colors, beautifully textured!

Always good to see Erica's art!

Thank you, girl!…


Added by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 2, 2014 at 5:51pm — 2 Comments

IUOMA letters

a new set to create chaos with

Added by Ruud Janssen on January 19, 2014 at 5:09pm — 9 Comments


I have been 'monitoring' those IUOMA members whose Birthdays have appeared on the 'Birthdays Today' part of this site. I started this, because I did not recognise many of their names, and wondered if they were indeed active members of IUOMA?

This led me to try and define what an 'Active Member' was, and to see how many of those whose birthdays were listed are indeed active.

I found that about 1 in 5 of them…


Added by Valentine Mark Herman on December 22, 2013 at 6:30am — 55 Comments

remembering Rain Rien (mirror view)

made this stamp to print on outgoing envelopes to remember Rain Rien:…


Added by Ruud Janssen on October 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Wonderful surprise from Borderline Grafix

received this wonderful mail today:

with inside some more surprises which I will pass on for sure!…


Added by Ruud Janssen on October 8, 2013 at 6:17pm — 2 Comments

TAM and Ruud Mail

Great stamped envelope and add-and-pass-on-printed-matter from Ruud!

I always wonder how Ruud succeeds in printing his stamps so well: you can see that all stamps are colouring completely!. While mine almost always leave some white (and when I try to solve it by using more  ink, there appear extra spots :-) ) !

Thank you very much, hartelijk dank,…


Added by Heleen de Vaan on August 21, 2013 at 1:17pm — 31 Comments

Mail-Art in the MoMa - New York

I am very pleased to report that the Museum of Modern Art, New York, currently has an on-line catalog of the "John Held, Jr. Collection of Mail Art Periodicals," an annotated inventory housed at the Museum of Modern Art Library.

It can be accessed at:…


Added by Ruud Janssen on May 5, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

A Blog by The Blessed Father!


Added by Eraser Heed on August 29, 2013 at 7:59am — 3 Comments

Stamping Sponges for Erni Bär - Germany

Well, Erni Bär sent me a set of sponges, and I promissed to stamp with them. Here is how that goes.

First you need to prepare the sponges for the formats you want to stamp. These sponges are tough to cut, so I needed an industrial siccors to get that done. The first letters of Erni Bär to start with.…


Added by Ruud Janssen on May 12, 2013 at 12:50pm — 6 Comments

Mail from my creative advisor

Heleen de Vaan sent me a lovely package. Included were some PR-materials for me to use. Proud to have such a creative advisor...... 

A small thank-you note is already sent. Also I am using the rubberstamp she sent (IUOMA since 1988)  on all outgoing mail-art…


Added by Ruud Janssen on May 3, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Lil Red Bag in Amsterdam

Beautiful day with snow and sun. Lil Red Bag goes for a walk in Amsterdam. This is the Westerkerk with Westertoren. Slippery pavements, careful!

Very long queue... What are all these people waiting for so early on a sunny…


Added by Suus in Mokum on February 10, 2013 at 8:30pm — 20 Comments

Shozo Shimamoto (1928-2013)

Sad news from John Held Jr. today. He informed the network through Facebook that Shozo Shimamoto died 3 days ago. It was 3 days after Shoso turned 85 years old.

John Held is currently working on a Gutai exhibition in San Francisco and that will be a special event now for sure. I met Shozo Shimamoto in 1990 in Köln when he was doing the NetRun, and took this photo…


Added by Ruud Janssen on January 27, 2013 at 7:05pm — 9 Comments

Erni receives from Ruud Janssen


The long announced letter finally arrived on Dec. 5th.

Mijnheer Ruud Janssen has sent nice things and written nice words.…


Added by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 6, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

When did the IUOMA start

Because I got the question I had to do some digging in the archive, As it turns out I found the starting month back in one of my own publications that I wrote in 1990:

This booklet was published in 1990 to document my first 10 years in Mail-Art. I still have the originals here. In it I wrote about the start of the IUOMA. It turns out to be AUGUST 1988. Later in…


Added by Ruud Janssen on November 10, 2012 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Bär mail is always full with surprises: this time NUTS!

Great mail from Erni Bär (Germany) last week. He sent me a typical envelope with his portrait on it and the envelope itself had a special size.......…


Added by Ruud Janssen on October 27, 2012 at 1:11pm — 5 Comments


The exhibition is finally up and running.  I have done an on-line catalogue of HOPEFULLY (!!) every artists work I have received.  The catalogue is available for free download: 


Added by cheryl penn on October 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — 15 Comments

IUOMA postage for Europe and worldwide


After The stamps for inside the Netherlands, there are now also postagestamps for Europe and Worldwide. They will be used for the outgoing mail-art…


Added by Ruud Janssen on October 20, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments



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