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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.

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 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)…..

Mail to Ryosuke Cohen – Japan

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To keep the flow going I send Ryosuke Cohen an enveloppe every two weeks. That way the Brain Cells as a reply do come in. I am currious if he reaches the 1000th issue. That is only a few years away, but a year in mail-art is a costly one with the current postal rates.

On the envelope I use an artistamp that Mars Tokyo sent me. They were for the 25 years celebration of the IUOMA. I am using them on my outgoing mail. Seems more fitting then just archive the complete sheet in the collection. With this passing on more people will see it. With archiving you are never sure if someone will ever look through the archive. That problem is there. Some major archives of mail-art are now in museums, but only researchers will go through them. They will hardly get to any public place where others can see it.

Postcard – incoming

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Lynn Radford (USA) sent me this postcard. Here IUOMA rubberstamp at first was a mirror view, and the second one is a mirror-view stamp so the text prints readable. The mixture of the two is fascinating, so I enjoy seeing this play:

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It is something which I enjoy in art. When you create something and you don’t get at first what you were looking for, you integrate it with the creating process to make it something completely different. This card is a beatiful sample of it. Love the result, so thank you Lynn!

outgoing Mail to USA, Italy and Canada

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Three outgoing envelopes with in it colour copies (double sided) of the received Fluxus Rubberstamp Sheets from John M. Bennett (USA), Lancillotto Bellini (Italy) and R.F. Cote (Canada).  They all worked on two sheets and as thanks get back a new one and a handmade copy with additiond of the one they sent in.

More details about this project you find at: http://fluxusrubberstamps.blogspot.nl/

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The Fluxus Rubberstamp Sheets are a special collection inside the TAM Rubberstamp Archive and contains large sheets where Fluxus or Fluxus related artists. They aren’t exhibited yet, but that will happen some day too. Also I plan to make a special book with them to show both sides of the sheets.

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Here is the sheet that R.F. Coté (Canada) sent back:

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