September 23, 2011
paper nerds wanted
now that it's been published in the newspaper that i obsessively hoard paper goods, i feel somewhat more pressure to distribute them and make sure you know i was saving them all for YOU. i have always loved writing letters, and i've collected all kinds of weird cards and stationery over the years knowing there would be a perfect occasion some day for me to send them to you. in the mail. pieces of paper with writing on them. is this such a crazy idea?
know what else i like? making custom paper goods for people. but the people i know well enough to craft something special for are not necessarily the people who share my interest in ye olde written correspondence. (with a few very choice exceptions. hi BreAnn.)
so here's what i propose: send me a letter. (a real one on paper, delivered to my home by someone in blue shorts.) tell me something real. don't send me a 4th grade penpal "about me" letter repeating everything i could read in your online profile. tell me about something that's important to you. tell me a story. i don't know! write whatever you want. in exchange, i will create some type of custom stationery for you. and i will send it to you. it may be a direct response to the content of your letter, it may just be inspired by whatever random things i know about you. i will send you this specimen. i will also write you back, using up my ample stash of supplies which may or may not feature Humphrey Bogart or kittens. and after that? who knows...
i will be sharing my creations and maybe some glimpses of the mail i receive. i will not make your full name or the actual contents of your letter public without specifically getting your permission. i reserve the right to sell additional copies of whatever i create inspired by you. if you want to participate, you can email me via agnesbartonsabo at gmail dot com to obtain my mailing address. let's make beautiful paper goods together.