snail mail successes of 2017

all that is gold does not glitter ♡ parsley, sage, rosemary, & thyme 

billions & billions of stars species speaking  woodland wrapping paper

desert dreaming ♡  birds of america  all’s well that ends shell

I boast no particular pride of the speed at which I replied to letters this year (particularly after I began my master’s degree–so it goes!), but I am quite fond of the mail art designs I sent around the world whenever I had a moment to spare. It’s quality over quantity, I hope!

I’ve never considered myself an artist–but as a museum educator, I’ve often found myself tasked with a variety of creative projects, and I’ve come to identify with the “crafter” label. I’ve gained enough confidence to experiment with unusual materials like wrapping paper, magazines, and even the pages of long-abandoned, damaged books. With my student budget, I haven’t had the opportunity to splurge on washi tape and craft paper as I did in my halcyon working-full-time days, and I enjoyed the opportunity to improvise with affordable supplies.

If you’re among that group of brave souls who receive my letters in their overly-taped, impossible-to-open glory (I’m always just so afraid that they will tear open in transit!)–thank you so much for continuing our written–and artistic!–conversations this year!

5 thoughts on “snail mail successes of 2017

  1. Danielle January 2, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I love the tactile element of this little journey. The photos make me imagine getting similar packages. So fun!

    • Mailbox Mermaid January 3, 2018 / 6:55 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! The hands-on, tactile side of snail mail is my favorite – it’s so nice to disconnect and make something for a while.

  2. IdleEmma January 2, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    It was a year of fantastic snail mail from you!

    • Mailbox Mermaid January 3, 2018 / 6:56 am

      Same to you, my friend! And now I’m on winter break so I might actually have time to make envelopes again – a belated Christmas miracle! 🙂

  3. Molly January 10, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Lovely pics! I love finding affordable and unique things to use for my snail mail too🧡

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