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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.

New IUOMA membership Cards 2016-2017

Soon the new cards will be ready and will be sent out. The order went out just now. This blogposting is the only posting about the cards I will be doing, so eventually we will see what the sending out of the cards will bring.

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There is a long history about the membership cards for IUOMA. It started back in 1988 and not every year a card was produced. Also designs from others were used sometimes, and in a special group:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/iuomamembershipcards

I even try others to make designs too, but not always succesfull. Anyhow….. A new card is in the making, and the cards are for 2016-2017 and will soon hit the network. Some will collect the cards for sure, and these will become historical time marks for the future of the IUOMA. Too much is going on digitally, but what will last is the hardcopies and lots of digital information scattered in the cloud.

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By the way; it will be funny when someone reacts for the first time about the English and Dutch variation of the word Ship and Schip.  The dutch word Schip means boat, and the cards are sailing into the world. Also the c filts well for the word CHIP, since we are doing so much online these days.

The OLD IUOMA website

For people doing research, please notice that the old IUOMA website is still available. I started the website in 1996 when the HTTP protocols first were used to make the WWW websites.  It grew from there and was completely typed by hand.

Because maintaining that old structure because too time consuming and also I didn’t wantbto throw away the old building, it is still there through:

http://www.iuoma.org/index.html

Just try it…..  The new www.iuoma.org website is build around that old website because I use a trick. The old website was done with direct addressing, and the new website is done with relative addressing based on a new link to the root. This works out just fine leaving two websites alive where I can go from the old one to the new one without any problem.

Also historically it is interesting. The old website gives the feeling of how that old programming went. The new one is a blog with all the advantages given by WordPress in maintaining such a website.

For more historic information you should visit:

http://www.archive.org

Ans look for the old URL address of the starting periode:

http://www.geocities.com/Paris/4947

It brings you back in those old years of building websites and you can actually look back on the structure there were back in the 90-ies.

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Check any of the old versions of the website, and see and read all that was published decades ago. Funny how the Wayback machine has captured all these old Geocities websites as a timemark for the new world to research

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And remember, before the WWW-years I used the BBS-structures that made information available through the digital channels as well. Charles Francois (Belgium) documented the structure quite well:

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Letter to Miss Noma

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Another envelope made for Miss Noma. This time I used the typewriter to write a letter. Also made the change into Mrs. Noma. Will be curious to see the reaction to such a type. As promissed I won’t reveil the address in Liverpool.

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On the IUOMA network indeed people are wondering who Miss Noma is since she (or he) has the informations of an oldtime insider of the network. So it must be someone we all know and still uses a new name to keep us off-track.

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Multimedia in progress

In 2 months I will be doing two workshops for teachers that work at a college. I will sow them the ways to use a 3D pen and also let them think on how to use it with their students. For the occasion I will have access to lots of 3D pens, so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

For my art I am testing a few things. This afternoon I made some letters with the 3D pen that have become objects. I placed them on a scanner to make an color-copy of the letters. On that result I put again the original letters and took a digital photo of that on my working table. Next step is to put that image on some places online, like Facebook, IUOMA Network and some ‘pataphiscal platforms, and now also on this www.iuoma.org website.

So from idea to plastic to a color-copy into a digital photo and now going into that digital worlds. Multimedia for sure.

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At the workshops I will probably let the teachers first make a letter of their choice to let them test the 3D pens and to see if they get the idea.  We will collect the letters and will try to make a word of it that guides them into the next assignment. It will be an interactive workshop for sure.

Maybe they should make a cup to to put the letters in:

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Gift from Jack Latteman – USA

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After being 2 weeks abroad I found with the incoming mail-art this box from Jack Latteman (Cascadia Artpost) in USA. Besides the formal USA postage sticker he also included on the backside lots of own postage that looked quite good:

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The surprise came when I opened the parcek and found this large and wonderful rubberstamp for the TAM-Archives, but for sure also to use it on outgoing mail:

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Thanks Jack, for this wonderfuls surprise. It is very much appreciated.  Will need some time to settle after being away for two weeks, and then will start with trying to answer some of the incoming mail…….

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