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Thanks Cosma Tosca Bolgiani

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on January 19, 2021 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

The Italian artist Cosma Tosca Bolgiani, who lives in Milan, sent me an exquisite postcard woven from the finest colored fibers of paper... Grazie!

I received mail art of Chelsea Cantrell from USA

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on January 19, 2021 at 9:41pm 0 Comments

Chelsea Cantrell (from Beaufort, South Carolina) sent me a print of fish. The print is covered with cut paper. That is very stylish. Thank You, Chelsea.…


Thanks, Alan Brignull

Posted by Mel Anie on January 19, 2021 at 5:28pm 4 Comments

Beautiful letterpress stamps, gorgeous stationery, delicious handwriting and a letter! I am head over heels with Adanaland, Alan. Thank you very, very much.

And, sshhhh, he's joined my secret Society of Letters.

Thank you, Ruth Giles

Posted by Mel Anie on January 19, 2021 at 5:20pm 2 Comments

She home dyes her own wool! I am so fascinated by that. And the collaged postcard made me smile. The things girls talk about, hey.

What I receive in one week!

Posted by Bonniediva on January 19, 2021 at 3:55pm 1 Comment

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Received surprise-mail art from Jorge Martin...

Posted by Yvonne Kettner on January 19, 2021 at 12:45pm 1 Comment

A surprise!

Thank you so much Jorge, for your beautiful mail art!

I love your collage card, as if you knew I love black/white/red combinations. :)

creative greetings, stay safe,


Received mail art invitation for the box-project from Mel Anie...

Posted by Yvonne Kettner on January 19, 2021 at 12:35pm 1 Comment

Thanks Mel Anie for the filled envelope with information and paper stuff (to use in this project?) for the 5 foot  storyhouse box project 

It’s a different number I hoped for, but I ‘m certain you had a reason for that and I will go for it, of course ;)



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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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Musiamo Cent (Mail art call) at Specific Everywhere

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Mail Art Call: I am building Musiamo Cent (Museum 100). If you want to be a building block for the first museum in a land that does not yet exist but to which I hold the blueprint, send a piece of mail art. The inaugural collection for Musiamo Cent…See More
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The old envelopes

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin yesterday. 6 Replies

Dear friends, I bought at the auction a pack of old envelopes, with a picture, size 114x161 millimeters (4.5 x 6.3 inches), and I don't know how to use them in Mail Art. Maybe someone wants to receive such an envelope as a gift. In the future, you…Continue

Have I sent Envelope no.3?

Started by Mel Anie in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Mel Anie on Sunday. 5 Replies

I sent an e-mail this morning as a form of artwork delivery. I could just as easily have printed it off my computer and put it in the mail. Except, I couldn't because I didn't have a physical mailing address but the mail would have been my auto…Continue

The New Whizbang

Started by Dr. Arcane in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Debra Mulnick Dec 27, 2020. 1 Reply

I am going to create just ten 'Whizbangs,' of the new, solid, 'tank' design for artists of the artistamp community. I will keep theprice as low as I can, because the intention is to get these stampperforators out in the community of artists. Please…Continue

2020 xmas mail art card

Started by william S. Paley in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by william S. Paley Dec 25, 2020. 2 Replies

as promised..here's this year's holiday offering....37th year....i've done 'em...some people have been giving me grief....lol......oh well.....Continue

What Is "TrashPo?"

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Hilary Konrad Dec 24, 2020. 16 Replies

Hello! New around here and I received a comment on a blog post I did referring to the mail art "TrashPo" and recycled treasures-all from renowned prolific and definitely 'treasurable' artist Richard Canard of Carbondale...all of which I sincerely DO…Continue

Does GENDER really matter? | OPEN CALL FOR MAIL ARTIST esposizione nella galleria Visioni Altre di Venezia

Started by Guenda Mai in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin Dec 22, 2020. 1 Reply

Open Call for Artist dedicata alla DIFFERENZA DI GENERELa galleria VISIONI ALTRE di Venezia in collaborazione con il collettivo AE di Roma, invita gli artisti a riflettere sul tema contestualizzandolo nel proprio quadro socio-geografico.I temi della…Continue

Suggest smart methods to rectify Embarqmail email login issue

Started by John Smith in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Carien van Hest Nov 21, 2020. 1 Reply

Embarqmail is one of the most admirable simplified and efficient emailing services. It is extensively used by millions of users on a daily basis. This email application is totally different from other email services. It has many amazing and unique…Continue

add & return digital

Started by Bruno Cassaglia in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by annie Nov 8, 2020. 2 Replies

Dal 2020 cambierò un po' il modo di fare Mail Art.ho anche anche trasformato in miei gruppi in gruppi interattivi con aggiungi e ritorna. poetamailartfluxusFrom 2020 I will change the way of making Mail Art a little.I also also turned into my groups…Continue


Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Eduardo Cardoso Oct 29, 2020. 10 Replies

Hi Everyone, I need to send a mailer piece to 3 people and have them send me one back for a class! If anyone is interested please comment back, my art is very socially conscious and photographic as well as includes text. Thanks so much. Continue





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