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welcome to the International Union of Mail-Artists. This Blog gives you information and links to all activities undertaken by Ruud Janssen, who started with Mail-Art in 1980 and is still active.

Mail from Miss Noma – UK

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Mail from Miss Noma came in today. A reply to a letter I sent to the UK last week.  In it some very interesting copy-art in which my letter was used as a background with one of Rocola’s original rubberstamps on it.  It is number 3 of 30 it reads.

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Off course I got my own rubberstamp from Rocola from the TAM-Archive, and I see I have number 5 of 30. So where are the other 29?  Seems Miss Norma has one of them, and that means it is connected to this specific bull…..

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For the new observers I made some new photos of the front and back-side of the Bull.  Are we still in contact with all these mail-artists?

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A very special gift from Rocola (USA)…..

Schedule for M.D. – by Ruud Janssen

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This drawing was made for M.D. A collegue that works at the Radius College and will soon leave us to follow a new challenge. The drawing gives an idea of the complexity one deals with when working at a larger College and focusses on quality and the rules by and for others to maintain that.

New asemic works – July 2015

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Today I have been working on some more asemic works. This time on green paper with Indian ink and on top of that white permanent ink. So that brings soms structures and gives a permanent structure. I made several works also because I might be experimenting with new layers on ut as well

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When I work with ink I always use permanent ink. I know that it creates structures as well, and I love touching the final result of a drawing when the paper and ink have joined into the structure

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It is the first experiment with white ink however. As I see it now, it works quite well, and I might just get me some more bottles of that since I can then draw better on other colours, and also can write on the indian ink in black as well.

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The photos were made while the white ink was still wet. I hope they are drey now, so I might continue with the next phases.

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Drawings 2011 by Ruud Janssen

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When I draw I am always in drawing modus as I call it. I never know what will come out, but I know I want to create something. The essence is the creating. I make things. That might explain the text “Hope for new art is lost when you are in a museum”. You see so many things that are created that you don’t feel the need to create new things.

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The drawing above has to do with the networking component of my art. In Mail-Art you share you art with others, and what you create goes straight to the one it is made for. I meet a lot of artists that aren’t connected to the network, and they have a hard time finding a ‘public’, someone who will react to what you see and make. In Mail-Art the network is your public. Only the Galleries and Musea are excluded from that network. No money is involved in the mail-art network other then the sending costs and the buying of materials to make your work.

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But sometimes I am at the border of these two worlds. In the Art world you don’t just give away your art. You sell it, exhibit it, catalogue it, and build a portfolio. When I make drawings that aren’t made on envelope but on traditional thick paper. I tend to keep the drawings and pass on copies of the drawings. Somehow it is difficult to give away the things I create. I also don’t sell it. I just keep it as one big collection of which I am not sure where it will end up.

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The IUOMA is also a network. Part of the mail-art network, but actually a large network of creative people working together in the mail-art tradition. Nowadays on a digital platform where the plans and productions are communicated too.

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The Digital Islands – drawing by Ruud Janssen

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Sometimes my drawings are strange and difficult to understand. Yet I try to make them accesible for anybody that sees them. Looks like a map in the first look, then two people in the second look, and when you look closer you see the digital connections at work.

This drawing is a new addition to the growing collection. Over 200 drawings made now. This one is sized A4.

The Boring Group on Facebook

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For some time now I am exploring the world of Facebook.Have a working profile there, a public profile, a College profile, and lots of groups to reach people online.

One group has a special purpose. People sometimes are bored, and then look for a specific group to pay attention for. The Boring Group is successful. Just have a look at the link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/borrrring/

And when you want to see my public profile on Facebook, just go to:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruud-Janssen/126853977330127?ref=hl

And like me if you like. You will then get messages through facebook whenever there is news.