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Newer IUOMA Members Produce!

This blog features newer IUOMA members and new friends who have recently sent me amazing samples of their artwork:

Abigail LaLonde sent me one of her zentangle envelopes that I had admired.  Seeing it live, face-to-face was no less impressive than seeing its picture on IUOMA. Thinking about the time involved in this repetitive style is a little intimidating to my mind. …


Added by Thom Courcelle on September 17, 2011 at 10:12pm — No Comments

Beaux Livres

 The book form has featured prevalently it seems among our artwork.  I’ve tried writing to a few of you about the appeal of the book form… why it attracts us so much.  Most recently in the Trashpo Group, there have been several of us who have explored that medium.  I’m still a little hard pressed to explain fully the draw, but I am an admitted bibliophile… something about the familiarity of books, of how knowledge is contained in them… and even in that phrase—“contained knowledge”—there is…


Added by Thom Courcelle on September 17, 2011 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Gift Personalized Linocut Stamp from a Co-Worker

I recently showed a new co-worker of mine some of my outgoing mail art before placing it in the mailbox, and she was quite impressed--we might have a new convert! She was so impressed that she decided to make me a present and brought it in the very next day! It was a hand-made linocut print stamp designed specifically for me--what a hoot! The stamp is supposed to be a representation of a meteor-shower of "fabulousness" that includes a meteor-meatball down in the corner, but tumbling down…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 25, 2011 at 6:18am — 1 Comment

From Frieder Speck: Woodblock Print Portrait

Received this terrific print portrait from Frieder... I am assuming that it is a woodblock print, because there were still wood chip flakes clinging onto the print! I LOVE the rawness of that--it makes me feel like the artwork is "hot" off the press... as though I could sniff the piece and be able to smell the cut wood in Frieder's studio!...

The envelope, too,…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 25, 2011 at 5:15am — No Comments

From Robert Rios: Asemics Aerial Map

Roberto's envelopes always seem to have multiple "goodies" included with them. And his envelope's are not the least of his treasures!...

Envelope back: Toros en Sevilla 2011 (gorgeous!)…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 25, 2011 at 4:54am — 1 Comment

Ha, HA, HA, ha, Ha, HA!!! My First Attempt at a Carved Rubber Stamp!

LIAM TRA, anyone????

Everyone who gets mail art from me must hereforthwith hold up to the mirror whatever you get from me.  HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!

Added by Thom Courcelle on August 19, 2011 at 5:11am — 29 Comments

From Nadine Wendell

Nadine and I are both members of the Fiber Artists & Mail Art Group, and I had sent her one of the knit card series on which I've been working. At first she couldn't find me or my page on this site to discover who it was that had sent the piece. Regardless, she sent some mail art in response, but inventively, her artwork was informed by this perplexity:

I am happy…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 19, 2011 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

Lesley Magwood Fraser TOTALLY GETS ME!

Lesley sent me some mail art that incorporated some native phrases I shared with her from the Algonquian language--the native tribes that my family is affiliated with back east (New England, United States). WOW...I can't tell you how touching this is to me paired up with your AMAZING portrait studies, Lesley!  THANK YOU!!…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 19, 2011 at 3:19am — 3 Comments

The Best All-Around Asemic Songbook in the World

I have kept this amazing piece of art from Nancy Bell Scott to myself for too long now, and it's time to share it with the world...

the front

the back…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 17, 2011 at 6:08am — 9 Comments

Cathérine Petré Spoils Me--Exhibits Multiple Talents in One Envelope

Yesterday My mailbox contained my first blessed gift from Cathérine Petré.  Oh!  You know how, sometimes you receive an article in the mailbox, and you just know it's going to contain something amazing, and you open the envelope with a reverence as though it were a thousand-year-old document archived at the Smithsonian, and you pull things out of the envelope without breathing…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 10, 2011 at 7:10am — 5 Comments

Carl T. Chew Made Me Blow Beer Out my Nose!

***SPOILER ALERT: Don't read if you wish to discover the secret of the "Most Valuable Stamp Mystery" on your own!  

I get home from a workday I'd like to forget, and what's waiting for me in my mailbox?  Hmmm... a non-descript envelope, no return address.  I crack open a bottle of Big Sky Summer Honey Ale -- 'cause it's been that kinda day -- open the envelope, which is full of cut-up pieces of paper... unfold them and the enclosed "anonymous" note, and literally BLOW BEER SUDS OUT MY…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 10, 2011 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

The Angel of Mercy from GuidoVermeulen

I am so glad to have one of Guido's pieces in my own hands.  My poor photo doesn't do justice to his work, but his technique has much more contrast and intricacies than I ever imagined.  The thing about angels is you never know what image or form they will transpire in one's life.  I have a special affinity for those forms of essence that can only be defined in art or in…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 5, 2011 at 7:33pm — 3 Comments

Received Fiber Art from Adamandia!

Adamandia Kapsalis sent me a REALLY great miniature crocheted and needlepoint masterpiece!

Great and amazing things about this piece:  I thought I had been working on a small scale with my postcard-size knit pieces... But Adamandia has taken this…


Added by Thom Courcelle on August 5, 2011 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Church of the Air – from Theresa Ann Aleshire Williams

Another piece that arrived – first time receiving – from Theresa. 

I am full of admiration for new members like Theresa and like Nancy [Bell Scott]—two who immediately come to mind—who jump with both feet and are able to let loose with such…


Added by Thom Courcelle on July 29, 2011 at 10:05am — 9 Comments

Recently Received Bounty... Great Thanks

My home internet connectivity was having troubles of late.  The service technician came this morning to fix the problem (hurray!) so I am posting here several recent wonderful mail pieces that have arrived in my mailbox.


The magnificent Eduardo Cardosa sent some “Mind Bending” Paranormal Poste.  Enclosed: TWO great pieces! And I loved them both… one a minimalist deconstruction of Roman letter character(s).  Several serif appendages line up to create a new re-assembled…


Added by Thom Courcelle on July 29, 2011 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

Terrific new Digital Works from I’m a Superhero accompanying Zombie Encyclopedia Pages.

‘I’m a Superhero’ included a set of his digital work that impressed to the point of inspiring me to share…

This set was theme related to the Encyclopedia pages he forwarded to me.  They were titled “Zombiesemics—Oscar Wao Remix.”  And, while there is enough visual content for each to stand on their own, they work together as a triptych just divinely.  I probably…


Added by Thom Courcelle on July 24, 2011 at 2:03am — 2 Comments


Say that a bunch of times fast and you begin to wonder if there's a subliminal message in there somewhere!

This piece is the first work that has come to me from newish IUOMA member Nancy Bell Scott. It kind of shocked me in its wonderfulness -- not that I wasn't expecting great art!  Unfortunately you can't tell in my poorly taken photograph, but the streaks of paint…


Added by Thom Courcelle on July 17, 2011 at 7:22pm — 3 Comments

Try to follow this THREAD of appreciation (a first blog-posting)

This is my first ever blog posting, so—please—I beg of thee, forgive me any foibles or gaffes that may reveal themselves in the prosaic ramblings that follow…


Multiple works of artifice have recently found themselves lodged in my mailbox and this post-ing is a celebration of the DIVERSITY of talent that exudes from all corners of the planet—truly!—represented by a small, but ever growing, microcosm of creatives burrowing within the electronic village called IUOMA.  Though the…


Added by Thom Courcelle on July 8, 2011 at 7:56am — 7 Comments



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