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Thank you, Norma Soulet

Posted by Carolyn Cline on February 17, 2019 at 3:15am 0 Comments

Don’t you get excited when an envelope says it needs to be hand cancelled? I do. This one just arrived from Normaand it needed to be handled with care because of the lovely stitched and beaded ATC that it bore

Also enclosed were an add & pass she’s just launching and another that she’s worked on and is passing.…


Happy Valentine's Day from Brooke Cooks

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on February 17, 2019 at 1:30am 0 Comments

It's so much fun to receive Valentines! Thanks Brooke!

Pretty ATC from Fleur Helsingor

Posted by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on February 17, 2019 at 1:29am 0 Comments

"a moment in time" is the title of this lovely from Fleur! Thanks!

Pretty bad mail art from 2017

Posted by FinnBadger on February 16, 2019 at 2:18pm 2 Comments


Game Time: Mail Art

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 16, 2019 at 11:13am 4 Comments

From Bath,Ohio and the Introverted Post,

comes a map-envelope of Oregon ...and Arizona on the flip side,…



Posted by Mail Art Martha on February 16, 2019 at 10:38am 4 Comments



Number 1 in the Sofa Series

Posted by FinnBadger on February 15, 2019 at 9:22pm 0 Comments

Back in 2017 I received a humorous card from Stripygoose, labeled as number one of her Sofa Series.

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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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Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Bonniediva yesterday. 3 Replies

THIS IS THE PLACE, MY FRIENDS FROM FAR AND WIDE. Valentine's! Who wants some? Who sends them? I want them, I send them!Post here to receive a deluge of love this February.Send more Valentine's this year. Send more love this year.Continue

Tags: day, valentine's, valentines, valentine

A History of Love Stamps

Started by josh berger in Mail-Art Projects on Friday. 0 Replies

Infographic poster by Chief Perforation Officer Niko Courtelis. Read more and download a high resolution version of the…Continue

Tags: stamp, history, PortlandStampCo, infographic, stamps

Gyotaku anyone?

Started by Ficus strangulensis in Mail-Art Discussions on Tuesday. 0 Replies

I wonder if there might be enough interest in Gyotaku, Japanese fish printing, to have a group or maybe a sub-group of Ruud Janssen's Rubber Stamping group?Y'r ol' Bud, FikeContinue

Tags: japanese, gyotaku, fish, stamping

Valentines Exchange

Started by Discoflux in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Keri Alley on Monday. 19 Replies

Who wants some? Who has some to send out? I have a decent sized stack I'd like to mail out this week, and not to the same ten folks I tend to send to. I'm sure there are others around here who would like to give out little valentines too! Come on…Continue

Tags: holiday, exchange, valentines

DeepDream [online image transmogrification]

Started by Ficus strangulensis in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Feb 6. 8 Replies

DeepDream! Wow! This is an online, image manipulation service which takes your file input and changes it according to arcan rules [???] apparently using imagery it finds online. So far it seems to add a lot of faces and eyes but I imagine it will…Continue

Mail Artists Addresses?

Started by Litsa Spathi / NOBODY in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by The Artful Writer Jan 17. 509 Replies

I think, it would be very imteresting to have a mailing list of all of us.

Mail art exhibition in Brazil

Started by Gisela Pizzatto in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Eduardo Cardoso Jan 14. 3 Replies

Hello, I'll be heading an postcard exhibition in Brazil, and I would like to know if here's is any way you can spread the word for me!!! Thank you all

MAIL! Postage!

Started by Amber Scribble in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Amber Scribble Jan 13. 4 Replies

I might be new "here" but I am not new to sending art in the mail. I will never understand all the complaining or venting or whatever it is I see constantly on "here" about postage. I have never had to take an envelope to the post office and pay…Continue

Got tips for cheapest ways to send mail art internationally?

Started by nonimouse in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by lyttle fish Jan 6. 19 Replies

Hey, Y'all~Is anyone out there willing to share your wisdom about sending mail art internationally?  I went to the post office yesterday with 9 pieces to send, and came back home with 2 that I hoped to send to Germany & Brazil.Combined they…Continue

Submit to Angry Old Magazine

Started by Drew B. David in Mail-Art Information. Last reply by K.H.M. Dec 28, 2018. 1 Reply

Submit all your avant stuff to AOM (for issue #6).SUBMIT HEREContinue





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