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.

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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TAM Rubberstamp Archive – beginning Years


In the first years of collecting prints of Rubberstamos, I also kept a list of all the contributors, and sent a print of that list to participants.That way the network grew and the mail-artists knew who was using rubberstamps. They also could contact eachother. Besides the address list, there were also pages in it with reprints of the rubberstamps that came in.  This booklet grew over the years and is in many hiostoric collections. In the middle of the 90-ies these bookles became more professional.

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Below you find a sample of how the newest booklets looked like:

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Recycling of Mail by Terry Reid

Ruud J to TR to D Mizzi 1 150dpi

I am sending Ruud Janssen’s letter collecting fluxform rubber stamp impressions for his archive to Denis Mizzi for forwarding to you and to David Dellafiora and to Pete Spence. I think everyone has everyone’s address except maybe yours. Can you email an update for yours to Denis at the e-address on the Cc? And please Carbon copy it through to me.
Hope you are hunky-dory and that your dory is hunky.
Best to you and your art.

Ruud J to TR to D Mizzi 2 150dpi
That bottom bit with the not yet RETOUR GECONTROLEERD with the missing bit of visual language is ultimately for Eberhard Janke in Berlin with a Mediterranean solution from off the top of Vittore Baroni’s eclectic electric head.
Can someone tell Bill Gaglione that Tony Twigg and I over the phone found something from him from one of his places in the States in the archive of the Australian National Gallery in Camemberta.