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Royal Mail art: from Jennifer Wallace

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 10, 2021 at 9:39am 0 Comments

Lovely colorful, recycled envelope,

and collage celebrating cards inside:…

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Lotto-Joker from Julian Danko

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 10, 2021 at 9:39am 0 Comments

Aha, time to chance winning money? or

use them for mail art :-) here are the Greek ones!

Julian sent two lottery games cards from Austria,

and I sent two Greek ones!

Also,  Julian…

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Incoming mail art from Brazil

Posted by Carien van Hest on May 8, 2021 at 4:28pm 1 Comment

The Republik van Patland has a lot to offer. Obrigada!

Dutch mail art: Bananas from Heleen

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 8, 2021 at 8:51am 2 Comments

Sent on Banana Day, 21 April 2021,

and arrived on 6 May 2021 in Greece! yay! "fast"!

Lots of banana art:…

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Dutch mail art: Orange and bananas from Frances Lamme

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 8, 2021 at 8:50am 1 Comment

Here's bananas and oranges from Frances arriving on 6 May, too.

What a happy winking ORANGE!

And these two papers/cards , too: fun tales!…

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Incoming: Amy Candiotti and Keiichi Nakamura

Posted by William M on May 8, 2021 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Two wonderful cards from Amy. A gocco print(i think) and a collagraph. …



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Incoming Mail Art 5-7-2021

Posted by Thomas Brown on May 8, 2021 at 2:30am 1 Comment

From: Lorre Smith, Katerina Nikoltsou, Unknown, Vlada Lapteva, Jeff Bagato, Erica Durante, and Ifé Niklaus. Wow good haul. 

from awyn

Posted by Laura Hughes on May 7, 2021 at 7:25pm 0 Comments

Wonderful, small art and a very inspiring envelope with hidden writing underneath the paint. Thank you, awyn!

info IUOMA

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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The old envelopes

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin yesterday. 21 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

but will I ever hear my mail art?

Started by JCW Maine in Mail-Art Discussions yesterday. 0 Replies

Hello any/every/one, I'm a tryin' to cross on over here. Wish me well. We set up our first table today to work on things. I just need my first idea. One of our cats loves it and is walking around all the beds and crayons and tags and who knows what…Continue

Is mail art dying out?

Started by Margaret J in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Amanda Becerra on Saturday. 3 Replies

Not much activity here.  Not many people doing add & passes.  Is mail art dying out?  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

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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

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