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There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.

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Archives that take donations?

Started by Cynthia Sillitoe. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin Dec 11, 2020. 9 Replies

What is the etiquette re altering other people's art pieces?

Started by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Dec 6, 2020. 12 Replies

Mail Art vs Correspondence Art

Started by Mah Nu. Last reply by Mah Nu Dec 2, 2020. 8 Replies

How can I change the background of my homepage?

Started by Carien van Hest. Last reply by Yvonne Kettner Sep 18, 2020. 3 Replies

How to respond to ATC Buddy Jam?

Started by Melanie Reed. Last reply by William M Jul 3, 2020. 1 Reply

Mail art call or Event?

Started by Edamameg. Last reply by Edamameg Jun 8, 2020. 4 Replies

Starting a IUOMA mail art group

Started by Melanie Reed. Last reply by Linda Rogers May 29, 2020. 4 Replies

instagram accounts

Started by allison. Last reply by Jenn Miltenberger May 22, 2020. 2 Replies

How do I tag an artist?

Started by Edamameg. Last reply by Edamameg May 21, 2020. 4 Replies

Are there fountain pen enthusiasts here?

Started by Yayoi S.W.. Last reply by Yayoi S.W. Mar 27, 2020. 11 Replies

Postcard sizes

Started by Jeremy Ng. Last reply by William M Aug 4, 2019. 7 Replies

paper glues

Started by Heide Monster. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Aug 3, 2019. 16 Replies

What do you put in Envelope?

Started by Lynne Larkin. Last reply by Vel Crowe Aug 2, 2019. 11 Replies

Instagram linked to IUOMA?

Started by Jennie Hinchcliff. Last reply by Erin Morse Jul 9, 2019. 4 Replies

Images in Blog Posts

Started by Marina Schiemenz. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Jun 27, 2019. 11 Replies

What is the best way to share . . .

Started by Allison Ruby. Last reply by Mail Art Martha Feb 15, 2019. 1 Reply

Swaps?

Started by Helga Deb. Last reply by Carolyn Cline Jan 1, 2019. 1 Reply

How to rotate a photo

Started by Ruud Janssen. Last reply by Mim Golub Scalin Dec 28, 2018. 1 Reply

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Comment by David Stafford on December 8, 2020 at 5:34pm

The beauty of mail art is that it's largely defined by the artist and within each individual definition there are roads that lead to many other destinations. 

Comment by Susan Weisberg on December 8, 2020 at 5:17pm

Dare I call you Richard, M. Canard? You seem very involved in canards as well as mail art. I don't have 50 years to go, so given the progression of half-lives I'd better get cracking!

Comment by Daniel de Culla on December 8, 2020 at 9:24am

Mail Art is a primary factor in determining the nature of energy  received from the others, and by exeynsion the mail currents.

Comment by Richard Canard on December 8, 2020 at 8:49am

08.12.20 Dare Ms. Susan Weisberg, ..."Mail Art is so much more complex and multi-layered than I realized!" A very perceptive statement on your part...& still, you don't know the half of it.---- & while I have been involved in mail art for over 50 years now...  I too, &  still, don't know the half of it. Best to you. SinCelery, Richard Canard

Comment by Susan Weisberg on December 8, 2020 at 3:57am

Thanks, Heleen. Mail Art is so much more complex and multi-layered than I realized!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 8, 2020 at 3:34am

I saw a question from Susan Weinberg about ATC, bit I cannot find where to answer. So I hope she/you will find it here :-)

Q: what is atc?

A: Artist Trading Card, a small handmade card, size 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch, which you can send to or swap with other artists. Any material is possible (if I read well, you like mixed media, and that is okay, too), if sent randomly and/or spontaneously, and sometimes there are specific ATC projects in which there can be suggestions about theme or material, depending on the project.

It has been inventief by a Swiss guy, and more information about history and more you can read on https://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/artist-trading-cards/ .

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 7, 2020 at 11:36am

These stamp albums with the transparent strips are available at Amazon, I prefer the 16-page ones as larger sizes get too heavy when filled with stamps and covers. They also have nice rice-paper dividers:

I use a stamp album for the small samples I get of artistamps:

but when mail artists send me full-page sheets, then I use the clear plastic in a large binder. Here i keep the original sheets and can easily take them out for making photocopies. Photocopies of these artistamps are often on my mail art:

Comment by Carien van Hest on December 7, 2020 at 10:25am

I also recommend to visit thrift stores, often they have a lot of office supplies that you can use.

Comment by Alan Brignull on December 6, 2020 at 10:13pm

Stock books are the answer, books with transparent strips across the pages which you can tuck the stamps behind. You can get them from philatelic suppliers.

Comment by Heide Monster on December 6, 2020 at 9:54pm

How to do store your postage stamps?  I have quite a few, and have been sticking them in a little binder, where they continually fall out and get mixed up.  I was thinking of a index card box, but that seems like work.  Thoughts?

 

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