On August 16th 1988 the idea of the IUOMA was born. In November 2008 this IUOMA platform at NING became the home for members.


Blog Posts

Carlos Botana

Posted by Mikel Untzilla on February 24, 2021 at 10:02pm 0 Comments

Mail art from the U.K.

Posted by Carien van Hest on February 24, 2021 at 5:32pm 0 Comments

Smoke signals from Kimberly Carpenter.

Thank you, Jack @ Cascadia

Posted by Mel Anie on February 24, 2021 at 5:14pm 0 Comments

In this envelope, there lies treasure. Lots and lots of treasure. It's all about three cats and blind mice who went down to London to visit the clock .....I tell little fibs but the treasure bit is true.

This came  very, very fast by Tramp steamer from Cascadia Artpost, USA. Jack was not concerned that only a few weeks ago I kept calling hime…


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.


Latest Activity

Valentine Mark Herman commented on Mikel Untzilla's photo

Mikel Untzilla 191012-3

"What are they?"
3 hours ago
Mail Art Martha posted photos
3 hours ago
Mail Art Martha posted an album

Samples of my work

Some slides to show what I mostly do, for information. No guaranty that I will keep doing the same thing so you may get something completely different in the post.
3 hours ago
Juanita Cruz Ruiz joined Dimitra Papatheodorou's group


Share envelopes you really like, special envelopes received or sent.(Photo: mail art from Richard Baudet)See More
3 hours ago
Profile IconJuanita Cruz Ruiz and william S. Paley joined Mim Golub Scalin's group

Just for SQUARES!

There was a prompt from CreativeSprint to make something just using squares. I'd forgotten how I'd learned to love squares while teaching 2D design with Wucius Wong and Josef Albers Interaction of Color (years ago) I thought, Wow, there must be…See More
3 hours ago
Profile IconJuanita Cruz Ruiz, Heidi Leech and 3 other members joined Luís Filipe Gomes's group

aqua, l'eau, water, wasser, Νερό, вода, 水

Drinking water is a good of humanity. Everyone must have access to water. The water must be protected and preserved.See More
3 hours ago
Mail Art Martha left a comment for De Villo Sloan
"Ooops! I had not missed you comment. I had seen it and thanked you and been most flattered. I definitely going bananas."
3 hours ago
Mail Art Martha left a comment for De Villo Sloan
"I don't know if  it is 'human error'' ( my own fault) or the technology getting in the way but I missed your comment of December 28. By now I cannot remember to what it referred but it was nice of you. Thanks!"
3 hours ago
Bradford commented on Bradford's blog post ADAM ROUSSOPOULOS + JOHN M. BENNETT & ADAM ROUSSOPOULOS
"ARTISTAMP SHEETS Sweetheart I Had Such A Beautiful Dream About You Last Night which I am abbreviating as, “SIHSABDAYLN”. SIHSABDAYLN 1-6 (Sheet 1 is unnumbered), sheet of 20, 4 rows of 5 stamps These are especially vivid in color,…"
5 hours ago
Bradford posted a blog post
5 hours ago
Melanie Reed posted photos
6 hours ago
Stephen Rife left a comment for Peggy huff
"Gratzi Ms. Huff! I'm glad you liked the imagery (and even shot a picture of it; which is the only way I document my stuff - if the recipients shoot or scan it). Will post more if you like...  "
6 hours ago
Elly Dallas posted photos
7 hours ago
De Villo Sloan commented on Heide Monster's photo

Ilya Semenenko-Bassin poems

"Totally fascinating. And I think Ilya is a very fine poet. Sometimes mail art is so great."
8 hours ago
De Villo Sloan commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"Wow Carien van Hest! Fab yet elegant asemic calligraphy. The asemic group is awash with treasures. many thx all"
8 hours ago
Heide Monster posted photos
8 hours ago
Sabela Baña left a comment for Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat)
"Yes. It  is very nice."
10 hours ago
Sabela Baña posted blog posts
10 hours ago
Severino Domenico commented on Luís Filipe Gomes's group aqua, l'eau, water, wasser, Νερό, вода, 水
"Thanks for the invitation. Without water, it would be the end. greetings to all Hello."
10 hours ago
Carien van Hest commented on De Villo Sloan's group Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists
"Callisemics no. 2"
11 hours ago


  • Add Photos
  • View All

Polls and Surveys - A new one each month!


new postcards

Started by william S. Paley in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by william S. Paley on Saturday. 1 Reply

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

The old envelopes

Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Maria Assunta Magni Feb 7. 8 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

New Address!

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

Kayla CafarellaPO Box 2034Philadelphia, PA19103-9997Continue


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

Have I sent Envelope no.3?

Started by Mel Anie in Mail-Art Discussions. Last reply by Mel Anie Jan 17. 5 Replies

I sent an e-mail this morning as a form of artwork delivery. I could just as easily have printed it off my computer and put it in the mail. Except, I couldn't because I didn't have a physical mailing address but the mail would have been my auto…Continue

The New Whizbang

Started by Dr. Arcane in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Debra Mulnick Dec 27, 2020. 1 Reply

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

2020 xmas mail art card

Started by william S. Paley in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by william S. Paley Dec 25, 2020. 2 Replies

as promised..here's this year's holiday offering....37th year....i've done 'em...some people have been giving me grief....lol......oh well.....Continue

What Is "TrashPo?"

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Hilary Konrad Dec 24, 2020. 16 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

Does GENDER really matter? | OPEN CALL FOR MAIL ARTIST esposizione nella galleria Visioni Altre di Venezia

Started by Guenda Mai in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin Dec 22, 2020. 1 Reply

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

Suggest smart methods to rectify Embarqmail email login issue

Started by John Smith in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Carien van Hest Nov 21, 2020. 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





Want to support the IUOMA with a financial gift via PayPal?

The money will be used to keep the IUOMA-platform alive. Current donations keep platform online till 1-nov-2021. If you want to donate to get IUOMA-publications into archives and museums please mention this with your donation. It will then be used to send some hardcopy books into museums and archives. You can order books yourself too at the IUOMA-Bookshop. That will sponsor the IUOMA as well.










© 2021   Created by Ruud Janssen.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service