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postcards from Maxima, and Cascade Artmail

Posted by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on October 26, 2020 at 11:39pm 2 Comments

two postcards arrived today

a wonderfully spooky halloween art from Maxima Strange

and a confused cat that might possibly say moo instead of miaow? from Cascade art post…


Mail art from Richard Baudet

Posted by Jo Beckford on October 26, 2020 at 8:11pm 1 Comment

What a treat to receive such a wonderful collage from you, Richard. Thank you!…


Mail Art from Ann Golden

Posted by Jo Beckford on October 26, 2020 at 8:08pm 0 Comments

Absolutely thrilled to receive this beautiful collage and wonderful duo jam ATC backgrounds, as well as the stunning Corvid ATC. Thank you Ann!

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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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Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamping, also called stamping is a technique very often used in Mail-Art. Share your works, techniques and thoughts here. Also sometimes news from the largest Rubberstamp Archive that started in 1983.
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Show us your Artspace!!!

Whether you create in a studio, atelier, shed, kitchen or on a coffee table, the artists' workspace has always been an intriguing place of information and interest to people.Please share photos of YOUR mail art creating area. I want to see Artspaces…See More
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Painting+Drawing=Mail Art

This group aims to Locate, Gather and Connect all the Mail Artists using Painting and Drawing techniques as prevalent in his works, not excluding of course others, but not so relevant in his creationsSee More
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Group for Cat-Lovers

A group for people who love Cats -- everyone's invited to join, and their cats, of course. We welcome all Cat lovers and any and all Mail Art that features anything about Cats or Kats. Group formerly known as Katerina Nikoltsou.See More
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Press and Roll: Printmakers making Mail Art

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Informal Art Exchange

No calls, no deadlines, no themes, just a place to share your art in an informal way. By joining this group you indicate you are willing to exchange art by mail with the other members. The only expectation is to use common courtesy. Let's have fun!See More
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Fiber Artists & Mail Art

For artists who like to use fabric, threads, etc,  in their pieces.
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Arty Slides International

This Group is for anyone who uses 35 mm photographic slides -- 'Arty Slides' -- in their work. It is an international network that welcomes all Arty Slide artists. NOTE: This Group is effectively in deep, very derep hiberrnation. The amount of…See More
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Art journal swap experiment

I would like to do an art experiment, I will be purchasing a journal and I will start the journal off my addng my own art&collages to the pages, but then what i'd like to do is postit to another person who will add 1-3 pages of their own art…See More
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Snail Mail Preservation Art

In an effort to preserve Snail Mail via the postal service, we can send a postcard with a message/ artwork visible on one side of the postcard that can be seen both by the postal worker and the recipient of the card.You can send a postcard to anyone…See More
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A Mail-Artists Jewellery

I love seeing people make jewellery, crazy right? I also have a lot of crafts that I want to use so this is why I've made this group, to make and share Jewellery around the world!If you'd like to send me anything, my address is:24 Lawrence Street…See More
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an overview of all kinds of odd shaped postcards you send out or get in.See More
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matchbox art

Hello.I am calling mail art for the first time.One idea, I want to make art in/on matchbox or of box of its size.I am not good at making small objects and just want to inspired from other. I would like to gather small sized box art. I have no…See More
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Flower Mail Art

I seem to be doing a number of pieces and am drawn to pieces lately with flowers.  So with that in mind why not create a group based on flower mail art.See More
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Dog Mailart

Many of us enjoy sending and receiving dog themed mailart. This group is a place for us to meet, discuss and post about our dogs and our dog mailart. See More
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Mixed Media Mail Art

Anyone interested in doing some mixed media mail...??Postcards-Tags-Atcs-Index Cards-Envelopes-Journal Pages....anything you can put different mediums on...See More
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Are you drawn to vintage magazines, photos and ephemera? Do you tend to incorporate vintage and retro elements into your art? Do you find yourself buying vintage inspired materials at your favorite arts and crafts store? If so, this group is for you!See More
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A Group for all that love and make artistamps. Stories, concepts, special issues, All there is to knowSee More
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Font size!

Started by Carien van Hest in Other. Last reply by Carien van Hest 7 hours ago. 3 Replies

Is there a problem with the font size again?Continue


Started by Caleigh in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by FELIPE LAMADRID Oct 21. 9 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


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


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

What Is "TrashPo?"

Started by Hilary Konrad in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Hilary Konrad Sep 25. 9 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

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

Font size!

Started by Carien van Hest in Mail-Art Projects Sep 2. 0 Replies

Can the font size please be back to what it first was?Continue

UNITI NELLA MAIL ART di Hans Braumüller, Ruggero Maggi, Clemente Padín e Chuck Welch, 2020

Started by Giovanni Bonanno in Mail-Art Discussions Sep 2. 0 Replies

UNITED in MAIL ARTBy Hans Braumüller, Ruggero Maggi, Clemente Padín, and Chuck Welch, 2020.…Continue

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