Typing is not writing.
I literally make part of my living writing strangers’ names and addresses, but it is a decidedly different ‘gig’ when you write the names and addresses of those you love & miss. It brings that person right in the room. There is an instant connection between the letters of their name and their face, their touch, a moment you shared… Writing and memory has something to do with the reticular activating system of the temporal lobe of our brains, making our brains sit up and pay attention. Writing, says to the brain, ‘this is important.’ Digital likes and thumbs up are nice, but this type of connection is tenuous and after a while leaves you empty. Take some time to write to someone, even in what you might deem as your crazy handwriting. You won’t regret it.
Tools and materials: Jam Paper A7 ‘Paper Bag Envelopes’, Handmade liner on Xerox paper – my calligraphy of the words ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ I used Peter Loves Jane’s A7 Liner Template. Moon Palace Sumi Ink and Hunt 22 Nib & Tachikawa G Nib . USPS Vintage Rose Forever Stamps. Illustration with Pigma Micron Pens, reference from found photo, although I have a lot of sources for photos, this year, I found some great photos at Robert Skingle Antiques. Quote by Dostoevsky from The Brothers Karamazov. I used Shulman Papers for the A7 Card printing. And Martha Stewart’s Scoring Board.
Some thoughts on writing.
“Please never stop writing me letters—they always manage to make me feel like my higher self.” – Elizabeth Bishop