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Allison Baker Sends Something "Fishy"

Riddle: What has scales, is weighed on a scale, and on a scale of one-to-ten ranks as a twelve?

Why that would be Allison Baker's first mail art piece to me! Allison didn't hold back at all in testing the limitations of the post office's mailing parameters for dimension, size, or shape. This fishy-shaped…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on October 16, 2016 at 8:20pm — 1 Comment

Fancy "Window" Mail Art from Margreet Beemsterboer

A most unusual piece of mail art arrived recently from the Netherlands...

Although the envelope is constructed with a traditional "sealing flap" (see picture directly above), there were instructions on the…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on October 16, 2016 at 7:55pm — 3 Comments

The Nothingists: First to Raise the Bricks of Insurrection

Mike Dyart sends some "Esoteric Art" that contains a history of the Nothingists—extremists countering the no less extreme demands of the Everythingists...

This is the history of Russian Dadaists (supposedly). Mike's quasi-serious history of a geo-political art history is illustrated with an empty landscape of formerly swaying corn-stalked field…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on October 16, 2016 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment

Cornucopia of Postcards: Jan Hodgkin, Ian C. Dengler, Mikel Untzilla, Matthew Stolte

Mail Art postcards galore...

Above, Jan Hodgkin, Washington State, USA

Ian C. Dengler, Texas USA, shares some humorous artistamp postage... A closer look:…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on October 16, 2016 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Stand Alone Art by Fiorentina Giannotta

Fiorentina sent me a sample of her artwork from some of the pieces she had earlier posted online which I found so admirable. It is just as beautiful in person as it is on the computer screen. She also turned it into a little "table tent" so that I could stand it upright and admire it face-on.

Such detail and flourish! And characters with much…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on September 29, 2016 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Late Summer Hoard of Magnificent Mail Art

Here is a gallery of some of the wonderful, amazing mail art that has hit my mailbox recently...

Jack of Cascadia Artpost has been generous to me this summer. This is the second in a series that I have received from Jack titled "Commodity Civilization," with some pretty astonishing collage work, and some of the most genius artistamps I've…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 29, 2016 at 3:36am — 1 Comment

Ga-ga for Gü's Great Shakespearean Greeting

I'm a bit tardy adding my shower of applause that is deserved of Gina Ulgen for her magnificent Shakespearean mailing. What was it that Shakespeare said about lateness?

"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."

Oh...wait. That doesn't really describe me. I'm definitely a minute (or more) late with my…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 29, 2016 at 2:33am — 1 Comment

Dorina Harangus's Redacted Asemic Rorschach Tests

I saw these beauties in the photo gallery when Dorina has posted them, and was verily impressed with them. And sweetness that she is, she gifted them to me through the mail. They are just as astonishing and lovely in person.

I had not realized, however, that they were REVERSIBLE! And on the flip side of each piece was a complete other…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 29, 2016 at 1:47am — 2 Comments

Welcome Surprise from James Chester

A wonderful and fancy piece of mail art arrived in the post from James Chester. He has sent me the deed and title to a series of properties along the Boardwalk, and included a landscape drawing of the property I've  apparently inherited. Look at those rent prices! I certainly wouldn't mind renting a house for $200 ! Why haven't I moved to Boardwalk…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 8, 2016 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

Athena in Pink

Latest correspondence from MomKat. I actually LOVE that Athena rubber stamp...perfect for Kat in her Grecian haven/heaven.  Great wide-size wash tape, too...it's always good to spread a little "L-O-V-E" around!

This piece also includes some selvage/selvege...a new vocabulary word for me that Kat recently helped decipher and add to my noggin's…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 6, 2016 at 3:18am — 1 Comment

In Awe of Jay Block's Latest Mail Art Endeavors...

Well, I admit it... I was completely jealous of a piece of mail art that friend Carina Granlund received recently. But there wasn't any need to be jealous...because I was lucky enough to get my very…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 6, 2016 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Amy Irwen's Mini Art Quilt

Hmmm... There's a theme here between the wash tape on Amy's envelope and her fabulous quilted piece inside. I had to double check my calendar to make sure it wasn't time for Halloween greetings!

But, no... the motif of bones and skulls were a pervasive theme in a historical context. The Middle Ages and the Renaissance were full of recurrent…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on August 6, 2016 at 2:08am — 3 Comments

Fiber Art Diorama Mail Art from Vikki Johnson

A most unusual package was left on the front stoop yesterday. Newer IUOMA member Vikki Johnson and I decided to exchange fiber art mail art, so I knew that this amazingly decorated box would contain something quite interesting... I wasn't expecting such a large "production," but quite a lot of work went into this piece...so I'm going to make a visual…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on July 21, 2016 at 12:02am — 2 Comments

A Window [Envelope] to the Stars

The best up-cycling I've seen in a long time! A business envelope turned inside-out to show its confidentiality pattern on the outside, with the envelope window revealing a peek at the delicious contents inside...

And…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on July 20, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments

The Week's Mail Art Hoard Treasure

Debra Mulnick; Richard Baudet; William M.; Jennie Hinchcliff; LIGMA; Laurence Gillot; and Finn Badger...

Here are highlights from each:

FABULOUS envelope art from Debra Mulnick telling the story of "Jack and…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on July 12, 2016 at 8:42pm — 4 Comments

All Aboard the Kalakala! It's the END OF THE CITY!!

I think this might be my first mail art piece received from Mike Dyar of San Francisco. Anyway, it was a little bit startling and wondrous to receive in my post box. It's very minimalist—a testament to what one can do with a simple shingle of corrugated cardboard—and yet...sort of holds significance for me.

That little blue…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 26, 2016 at 10:04pm — 5 Comments

Horsing Around with Carina's Horse Mail

Super cool self-made envelope arrived from Carina Granlund in Finland, filled with cute and humorous fare. She included two newspaper comic strips from a Scandinavian newspaper. They appear to be annotated with dates (1956 and 1957) so perhaps they are clippings from a more classic era of cartooning!…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 26, 2016 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

"New Luck Powder" Postcard is Over the Moon

This "anonymous" postcard arrived providing me with much delight. By the style and humor I'ma gonna say this is a David Stafford creation. Unfortunately, it looks like the postal machinery has once again altered a piece of mail art from the artist's original intention...whatever chaise or tuffet or…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 26, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Ray Johnson Bunny Postcard...Almost "Fools" Me!

I got this TERRIFIC and very simplistic hand-painted Ray Johnson Bunny postcard from Nadia Aroca of Barcelona, Spain...

"Ooooo..." I exclaimed, imitating the single letter on the postcard. "What could that mean?" I wondered.

Well, I must confess, I've been doing some historical research for a writing project...which includes historical…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 10, 2016 at 11:16pm — 5 Comments

Two Postcards by Debra Mulnick from Boise

Very creative output by Debra. The swirl image at the far right of the "double cherries" postcard appears to be a self-carved rubber stamp image. Interesting how it mirrors the "question mark" on the other postcard! Here are close-ups of each post card along with their reverse sides, which were just as creative and which alo used some antique postage stamps both…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 10, 2016 at 10:53pm — No Comments

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