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Blogging on Facebook

Posted by Pam Chatfield on August 14, 2022 at 1:00am 4 Comments

Just an FYI in case you're looking for more of my blog posts.  I started blogging my mail art on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/maddustkitties

Looking for Canadian mail artists

Posted by Fraya McDougall on August 13, 2022 at 7:40pm 0 Comments

Hey y'all,

I am hoping to connect with more Canadian mail artists, as I have many Canadian stamps that I would love to use up. If you know of any, send me their name/deets. 

Handwritten notes

Posted by Fraya McDougall on August 13, 2022 at 7:30pm 6 Comments

I've been collecting notes that I find around the house, on the street, at work etc. Any kind of ephemeral note: grocery lists, notes to self, journal entries, equations, scribbles. Basically, anything that was made in a fleeting moment, then forgotten. 

I'm hoping to eventually make a project out of this, haven't figured out what it will be yet. 

If anyone has this sort of thing, I would appreciate it if you sent it my way. snail mail or digital. 

Incoming mail art from the States

Posted by Carien van Hest on August 13, 2022 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

By the hand of Nancy Bell Scott:

Always such a treat, thank you.

Incoming mail art from Belgium

Posted by Carien van Hest on August 13, 2022 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

By the hand of Jean Philippe Gilliot:

What a pleasant surprise, thank you!

Incoming mail art from Spain

Posted by Carien van Hest on August 13, 2022 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

By the hand of Sabela Bana:

Gracias!

Lots from MomKat!

Posted by Coco Muchmore on August 13, 2022 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

Great fun from Greece! All the makings of an…

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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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Maxima Strange commented on Pam Chatfield's blog post Blogging on Facebook
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The One Page Zine

That is, an 8 page zine made with just one sheet of paper.  This group is for anyone who wants to make, share, and trade zines made with just one sheet of paper. The paper is folded to make an 8 page zine.  If you don’t know how, there are many…See More
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Pam Chatfield commented on Pam Chatfield's blog post Blogging on Facebook
"Maxima, that's true, and I was thinking if IUOMA ever moves to a different site, I won't need to relocate my blog.  This is a great site, but I think I would rather do my blogging in a separate location. Monster, there was a time…"
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Monster A GoGo commented on Pam Chatfield's blog post Blogging on Facebook
"That's groovy and i love the skunk story. Poor fellow. I have a Facebook somewhere, but I never use it. I'm not that social. But I similarly post my envelopes Instagram just to have easy access to view them. But even on Instagram I'm…"
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Blogging on Facebook

Just an FYI in case you're looking for more of my blog posts.  I started blogging my mail art on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/maddustkittiesSee More
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Monster A GoGo commented on Heide Monster's blog post I wondered how they do it
"Hmm. Patricia your comment about "creative guilt" got me to watch this. It talked about messy handwriting or miswritten information,  bit not so much the creative aspect. My envelopes that go beyond the edges sometimes get delivered…"
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Pam Chatfield commented on Maxima Strange's group The One Page Zine
"I received this cool zine about pigeons from Sabrina.  Thanks Sabrina, I learned a couple of things."
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Pam Chatfield commented on Fraya McDougall's blog post Handwritten notes
"I always have notes and lists going.  Here are a couple I have laying around right now."
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Maxima Strange commented on Fraya McDougall's blog post Handwritten notes
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Coco Muchmore's blog post Lots from MomKat!
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Raphael Nadolny commented on Bruno Cassaglia's group Black and white
"Self-portrait in a mirror, taken in the dining car of 'Wars', a company that runs catering operations in the carriages of the Polish State Railways. In the background, a signboard: "We wish you a good meal!". Scan from negative.…"
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Raphael Nadolny commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group BORING POSTCARDS
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Mail art blogs and twitter accounts

Started by andytgeezer in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by Pam Chatfield Aug 5. 50 Replies

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

Tags: mailartists, twitter, blogs

Looking for mail friends

Started by Melissa Hanlon in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Josh Porter Aug 5. 3 Replies

Hi! I’m wanting to get back into more fun mail. Looking to exchange mail art and letters and goodies! Let’s be friends and exchange! Let me know if interested Continue

The old envelopes

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin Aug 5. 62 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

Literature about mail, post, postman, etc.

Started by Szabó Zelmira in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin Jul 24. 4 Replies

This book came to me, with the content written on stamps (Shaun Tan: Takes from Outer Suburbia).Do you know (illustrated) (children) books about: mailpostpostmanstampsetc.?No matter the language is.Thank you!…Continue

Sandro Bongiani Contemporary Art, RAY JOHNSON / SUSTAINABLE MARGINAL RELATIONS TWO

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects Jul 22. 0 Replies

Comunicato stampa Sandro Bongiani Arte ContemporaneaRAY JOHNSON / RELAZIONI MARGINALI SOSTENIBILI DUEOGGI HO SPEDITO UNA BANANA A RAY JOHNSON PER 59. BIENNALE INTERNAZIONALE DI VENEZIA 2022.Una Mostra Collettiva Internazionale condivisa in due…Continue

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Artist Image x change

Started by ArtbyJac in Mail-Art Projects May 19. 0 Replies

#2 headed out Monday! Thanks everyone! Continue

Minimalism show in France

Started by Daniel C. Boyer in Mail-Art Projects May 16. 0 Replies

Does anyone know exactly where and when the "Minimalism" show for which there was a 2018 call in France took place?Continue

Ray Johnson Project, Relazioni marginali sostenibili”

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects May 10. 0 Replies

Shozo Shimamoto, Japan"Ray Johnson Project, Sustainable Marginal Relations"The Bongiani Art Museum Collection is pleased to…Continue

Ruggero Maggi, “Ray Johnson Project, Relazioni marginali sostenibili”, 1987

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Projects May 10. 0 Replies

SPAZIO OPHEN VIRTUAL ART  GALLERY“Ray Johnson Project, Relazioni marginali sostenibili” Opera di Ray Johnson e di Ruggero…Continue

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