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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 Acrylic Painted Envelopes 2016

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The last decades I have been sending out lots of acrylic painted envelopes. The proces of making them goes in various stages. Each color is added as a batch to several envelopes where I constantly decide what there will be added to the envelope.

Once ready each envelope gets a date stamp with my initials JR and the year of production. So the new envelopes all get a 2016 behind my initials. Once ready they are selected for specific senders and specific projects.

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The theme on the envelopes has always connection to the networking proces. Mostly you will discover a sender and a receiver, or at least a transport system symbolized on the envelope

A in a Cube

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In 2 weeks I will be doing two workshops on the use of the 3D pen for two groups of teachers at a college. They will be guided into the possibilities of using the new tool in their education, but it could also be fun. I made the letter A with black PLA plastic, and the golden cage was made lateron as a cube surrounding the letter A.

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I used a MyRywell Expert pen which can use both PLA and ABS plastics. In the course I will use this pen as well for the teachers to use and test.

Fluxus Words / New words

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Four new Fluxus words were painted on envelopes. They are now sent out to some active mail/artists, so they will find the word quite soon. If they don´t know what to do with it, they could visit:

http://fluxuswords.blogspot.nl/

Because that is a blog I made to give people an overview of the Fluxus Words Score, and the results that it has brought so far.

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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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Drawing A Drawing

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In the series “Analog humans Digital Computers, I made a new drawing today that deals with the digital making of drawings. I work with the traditional indian ink and Peterburg water colours, and yet use a scanner to publish the drawings on Internet. Why not go digital all the way?

Well, I must confess I just lake paper, and working with that ink and paint. Also I like it that the indian ink leaces a structure on the paper and that it glances when the lighht shines on it. That vanishes when I scan it and place it on internet. Bits and Bytes are not the same as the analog stuff.

New drawings by Ruud Janssen – Feb 2016

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And suddenly there is the time to make a series of new drawings that fit in the theme digital Humans and analog machines. Where the human race is building all these digital connections but forget that we are analog beings.

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You can click on the individual drawings and see a larger sample of the drawing. They are all made on thick paper, size A4 (european standard). I use indian ink (from Talens) and russian watercolours (Petersburg), which mix very well together.

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I also have a digital portfolio of my works where you can get a broader overview of my work:

www.ArtWanted.com/iuoma

As you can see I am very focussed on the digital connetions and what humans want to do. I feel I am in the middle. I work with the traditional tools in writing and drawing, and for a living I train students to implement the newest digital possibilities and make a living out of that.

 

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Hope you enjoy the drawing.

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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