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Incoming: Laurence Gillot, Ken B. Miller and Charlotte Geister

Posted by William M on November 25, 2020 at 1:27pm 2 Comments

A really cool altered postcard that arrived the other day from Laurence. When I initially looked at it I thought "who can write my address in chinese?" then I realized that was the taiwan post office - since this had been…

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Buffalo from Keith Chambers

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2020 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

...or "bison"?

Keith is on-fire!

Lots of fine artistamps, too:…

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Typewriter Head by Buz Blurr

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2020 at 12:05pm 0 Comments

Probably for Halloween?

But arrived in November, "snail mail" in the Covid Era!

Great character, with those jeans "overalls" and everything!…

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Comic Covid Time from Michael Goetz

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2020 at 12:04pm 0 Comments

Here comes some smiles,

and laughter from Rockford, Illinois.

...not always family friendly? …

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Beautifully perforated from John Held Jr.

Posted by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on November 25, 2020 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

This arrived some time ago, but must blog and share,

...and always a joy to see mail art from John Held:…

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Incoming mail art from the States

Posted by Carien van Hest on November 25, 2020 at 8:58am 0 Comments

Great collages from Thea Hollister…

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ISO Cassette Correspondence Artists

Posted by Mah Nu on November 24, 2020 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

sent off a collaboration tape today to

my dear friend (and legendary Chicago musician and performance artist), Dr. Charles Joseph Smith. He will add some spoken word and,once returned to me, I will add some soundscapes! 

¿¿Do you have a way to record onto cassette and an interest in experimental…

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Received this wonderful envelope with art stamps and a lovely letter from Darlene in Sept. Thank you so much!

Posted by Anu Chathampally on November 24, 2020 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Received this wonderful envelope with art stamps and a lovely letter from Darlene in Sept. Thank you so much!

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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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carl baker left a comment for Tyler Hannigan
"tyler ,my postal address is on my iuoma page, please to exchange."
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jon foster commented on Mah Nu's blog post ISO Cassette Correspondence Artists
"I have some things I want to send to you...I've got some ideas. All of my stuff is digital though, is that cool? I'd have to send it on disc."
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William M commented on William M's blog post Incoming: Laurence Gillot, Ken B. Miller and Charlotte Geister
"ha katerina! yeah, some really wonderful work."
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on William M's blog post Incoming: Laurence Gillot, Ken B. Miller and Charlotte Geister
"Good to "see" your new address. William. Some really very nice mail art!"
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Jenn Miltenberger commented on Karen Champlin's group ATC REBELS
"Thanks William and thanks for posting Ann :)"
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William M commented on Karen Champlin's group ATC REBELS
"An ATC and fun envelope to hold it that arrived today from Carien Van Hest to welcome me to my new apartment. How nice! Thanks Carien. I mailed something to you last week so hopefully it'll reach you sooner than later."
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William M commented on Karen Champlin's group ATC REBELS
"that's a gorgeous card by jenn!"
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Alan Brignull commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Cats n' Dogs and selvages from Pat Landon
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Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) commented on Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)'s blog post Cats n' Dogs and selvages from Pat Landon
"So these "non-denominated" stamps were special for "Christmas" and "Holiday Season" ... nice for USPS to do that...are they of any value today?"
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Incoming mail art from the States

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Suggest smart methods to rectify Embarqmail email login issue

Started by John Smith in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Carien van Hest on Saturday. 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. 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

What Is "TrashPo?"

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Yvonne Kettner Oct 31. 14 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

Help!

Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Eduardo Cardoso Oct 29. 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

Font size!

Started by Carien van Hest in Other. Last reply by Carien van Hest Oct 27. 3 Replies

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Glück

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin Oct 17. 5 Replies

What Do you think of the poetry of Louise Elisabeth Glück?(Unfortunately, it is not in the Mail Art.)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 Oct 8. 0 Replies

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

How exactly can I get started here without the ability to post photos or to send a message???

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Hilary Konrad Oct 5. 6 Replies

I'm only resorting to posting this concern via this page and mode because I have tried all else. I cannot upload photos to add to my page, not even to shar on a blog posting (when I click add photos I get sent to a blank page of algorithm texts…Continue

Convocatoria

Started by Francisco Salcedo García in Mail-Art Projects Oct 4. 0 Replies

Tu visión de El Principito "Le Petit Prince" hasta el 20 de diciembre 2.020. Enviar a: Departamento de Francés, IES Juan Sebastián Elcano, carretera de Tentegorra, s/n30.394 Cartagena Murcia España.A todos los participantes se les enviará respuesta…Continue

The New Whizbang

Started by Dr. Arcane in Mail-Art Projects Sep 23. 0 Replies

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

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