iuoma.org – Interested in Mail-Art?

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.

Welcome to the Pataphysics

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Being a pataphysician is quite an experience. Time to share it through a foam rubber stamp made with the letters.

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And a first print of the new made rubber stamp goes out to Miss Noma in Liverpool – UK. A special envelope with some of my typical mail-art styles.  Included lots of special things, that is not documented with photos.

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The spiral was made some decades ago. The special square one too. the concept of IUOMA fits in this world of pataphysics. The connections are made.

Mail to Thierry Tillier – Belgium

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There are several of thee envelopes that I have sent out. The individual stamps are made with foam letters, and I use several colors to get the impact. All kind of words are used to describe what we do. Fluxus, Dkult, Mail-Art. IUOMA, and guess what, the MoMa even made an exhibition of all that, not just once, but several times. So that means eventually things do end up in a museum………

And to go back to the basic idea of Mail-Art, it was a way to send art from sender to receiver without having a need for a gallery of museum to show the work. Times they are a changing….

Outgoing to Ryosuke Cohen – Japan

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During the last month August 2015 I received 3 more Braincells from Ryosuke Cohen with the numbers 920, 921 and 922.  The process of his gigantic project goes quickly. In a few years he will reach number 1000. That is why I keep sending him envelopes to keep track of the process and to support his project

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for more details about the project visit the special group on IUOMA at NING:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/brain-cell-ryosuke-cohen-compilation

You can find there lots of samples of Braincells published by receivers, and normally also the lastest one that came up in the network. Already saw number 923 when looking there!

Mail from Heleen de Vaan – Netherlands

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Received in the vacation this lovely Tile from Heleen de Vaan in Netherlands. She made is through the services from PostNL, and wanted me to have it to hand in the TAM Archive or give it a special use. Especially after coming home from vacation the text fits perfectly:

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So I will find a good place for the tile. Heleen always writes small notes with her mailings, so here you can read (in Dutch) what she wrote me:

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Heleen has several blogs. so visit her main one and see what she has been sending and receiving over the years at: http://heleendevaan.blogspot.nl/

Incoming from Richard C – USA

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Received this card and 3 others from Richard Canard in July / August 2015. I was abroad when he sent them to me, and I decided to publish the complete collection since it is so interesting.  The first card (above) was torn by the postal system in The USA, so the put it into a plastic bag:

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The second card tells you what happens when you join the IUOMA. Richard has some views of what the IUOMA has brought to the network. It has become a central place to communicate in the mail-art network, but there is also a complete network besides that

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The last card is visually atractive because Richard writes white on a black card…….. Specially choosen for me, so I am honored….

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Bacause I enjoy seeing Richard C.’s card, I made a special group in the IUOMA network so others can publish their card there as well. Quite a collection there already:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/richard-c-fan-club

So have a look, and if you have received a card from Richard C. please include a digital copy in this growing archive!

 

Bewaren

IUOMA with 3D Pen

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In 2014 the first attempt to make the IUOMA-logo with a 3D pen. I plan to produce more, but still am looking for the time to do so.Making these kind of objects is time absorbing since every line is made by hand.

IUOMA logo by Thomas Kerr and Joel Cohen – USA

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Drawing by Thomas Kerr and Joel Cohen, Stickers produced by the The Stickerdude (Joel Cohen), both from USA. As a support for the IUOMA the logo and artistampos design was made. Thousands of stickers were produced and distributed in several colours. There were even rubberstamps made out of this logo. Therefore one of the most know logo’s of the International Union of Mail-Artists.

Als the artistamps contains the basic principle of the IUOMA. If you apply to become a member, you automatically are a member. The union itself is a conceptual artwork that in real live is a growing collection of members who feel part of the IUOMA. All started in 1988, and in 2013 we celebrated the 25 years.