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My latest ATC creations

Posted by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on May 5, 2021 at 7:20pm 2 Comments

I recently set myself a fun challenge to make an alphabetical set of ATCs. So here they all are......…

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Incoming mail art from France

Posted by Carien van Hest on May 5, 2021 at 12:46pm 0 Comments

Merci bien, Zack!

An Ode to Greece from New Mexico

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 4, 2021 at 2:46pm 0 Comments

So this is Greece, for a lyrical exploration...

on David Stafford's envelope and what is inside? A boekie:…

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Post-it to Maggi in Italy

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 4, 2021 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

Mail art arrived from Ruggero Maggi,

went to the Amazon, but…

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Fike mail art arrives in Greece

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 4, 2021 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Something special when a packet arrives from West Virginia,

adding that US postage to my US  States postcard collection, too.

Several fantastic mail art cards by Fike:…

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William's Stamped Message

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on May 4, 2021 at 1:08am 4 Comments

Do you think I should be worried?

Adam Roussopoulos Artistamps

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on May 4, 2021 at 1:07am 1 Comment

I adore these Artistamps!…

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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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Ilya Semenenko-Basin commented on Luís Filipe Gomes's group aqua, água, l'eau, water, wasser, Νερό, вода, 水
"Water and fisherman. Photographed in the city near my home."
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Ilya Semenenko-Basin replied to Ilya Semenenko-Basin's discussion The old envelopes
"Dear Margaret, has my envelope arrived? How glad I am! It was not for nothing that I played in the auction and won these things."
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"Got this great card and note from Jan in Anacortes!"
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Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) commented on Heather Wilkie (paganfrog)'s blog post My latest ATC creations
"oooh thank you Mail Art Martha, it certainly was fun to do, although it was a big set and i started to get burnt out on it towards the end. but im pleased how they turned out."
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Mail Art Martha commented on Toni Hanner -- tonipoet's group Magpies, Ravens, and Crows--Oh My!
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Hand Made Postcards

Hand Made Postcard Exchange.Please no commercial postcardsCategories / media - drawing, painting, watercolor, print making, mixed media.Mailed postcards have an advantage being postmarked they record the time and place where created.Note: pastel,…See More
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Mail Art Martha commented on Heather Wilkie (paganfrog)'s blog post My latest ATC creations
"Wow! They are fantastic! I am sure a publisher wouls be interested to make them as cards to teach kiddies to read."
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Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) posted a blog post

My latest ATC creations

I recently set myself a fun challenge to make an alphabetical set of ATCs. So here they all are......…See More
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Margaret J replied to Ilya Semenenko-Basin's discussion The old envelopes
"They are fascinating.  I feel like I’m holding a piece of history in my hands."
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ROTA POSTAL

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ArtiStamps Creators

A Group for all that love and make artistamps. Stories, concepts, special issues, All there is to knowSee More
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aqua, água, l'eau, water, wasser, Νερό, вода, 水

Drinking water, potable water, is a good of humanity. Everyone must have access to water. The water must be protected and preserved. Fresh water is not a commodity, it is a right.See More
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The old envelopes

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin 13 minutes ago. 18 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

Mail Art Call - Postal Outliers

Started by Fonda L. Portales in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by william S. Paley Mar 20. 3 Replies

All submission will be archived in the University's Special Collections and Archives and will be a wonderful complement to the collection of late Professor Tom Trusky.…Continue

Tags: Call, Art, Mail

Project visual arts "Photography and its contaminations"

Started by Artgallery MCL in Mail-Art Projects Mar 17. 0 Replies

Comunicato stampaTitolo evento Photography and its contaminationsMostra d’arte CollettivaDal 15/03/2021Al 15/06/2021Luogo Evento online all’indirizzo…Continue

Definition

Started by Paul Toscano in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Paul Toscano Mar 12. 2 Replies

Again, I am new to the union. I believe “mail-art” may be broader than I thought. Initially, I thought that mail-art was creating art on envelopes, postcards, and letters. Please educate me. Thanks.

Mail Exchange

Started by Paul Toscano in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Paul Toscano Mar 12. 2 Replies

I am new to the group. Sorry if this is a common question. Is there a way to exchange mail with members to give and receive a piece of mail-art?

new postcards

Started by william S. Paley in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by william S. Paley Mar 5. 3 Replies

just got a bunch of new postcards to go out. Mailed a slew of 'em today..so some of you, be on the look out..and let me know, when you get one..one of my goals in 2021, is to mail out and receive back mail art postcards from all 50 states...Continue

New Address!

Started by Kayla Cafarella in Mail-Art Projects Jan 27. 0 Replies

Kayla CafarellaPO Box 2034Philadelphia, PA19103-9997Continue

Help!

Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Amanda Becerra Jan 26. 12 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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