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Thanks Joel Cohen (a. k. a. The Sticker Dude)

Posted by Ilya Semenenko-Basin on July 27, 2021 at 9:27pm 0 Comments

During the past spring I received several envelopes from Joel Cohen (a. k. a. The Sticker Dude), a printmaker and publisher of socially-oriented pieces. Typically The Sticker Dude combines images with song lyrics, with aphorisms, cartoons and various symbols, his printed works take the form of stickers, postcards, posters etc. Among the things I received you will find a book with lyrics by him.…

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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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Thanks Joel Cohen (a. k. a. The Sticker Dude)

During the past spring I received several envelopes from Joel Cohen (a. k. a. The Sticker Dude), a printmaker and publisher of socially-oriented pieces. Typically The Sticker Dude combines images with song lyrics, with aphorisms, cartoons and…See More
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Luís Filipe Gomes left a comment for Leonor López de Carrión
"Leonor este envelope vai para ti, só falta colocar alguma coisa dentro."
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Heleen de Vaan commented on Valentine Mark Herman's group MANHOLE COVER LOVERS
"A type of manhole cover I hadn’t seen before, but it must have been here since ages (Amstelveen, the Netherlands)."
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"Last creation for my project MailTrainARtone transparent postcard with a locomotive symbol embroidery..."
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"- awyn - thank you for the nocturne sky the flowers and the hope for better world."
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"- Steve O Black, OBRIGADO for your work; such richness and complexity done with extreme care."
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Started by Ilya Semenenko-Basin in Mail-Art Projects. Last reply by Ilya Semenenko-Basin May 30. 27 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

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