It sounded good on paper. It looked great on other blogs. It seemed like a good idea today. So I went with it. Besides, what's the point in having lovely postcards if you don't send them? I suppose I could sell the magazine they're in on eBay fifty years from now, but where's the fun in that? The challenge would be writing away the weekend, not sending a postcard a day. Someone else already does that just fine. My challenge will be mailing the 26 on Monday! Um, you don't see the challenge in that? Well, let me see you come up with 26 names from your address book, then match them with the alphabet. Even harder is deciding who gets the card if five pen friends share the same alphabet for a first name--not a surname. Or should I use surnames as well? I mean, who has an Uma, a Xena, or a Zenobia in their address book?
The creators and illustrators at FLOW are amazing. They make it hard for a limner to dismantle one of the best magazines ever. I archived chapters torn from an "ancient" arithmetic text book. They are meant to be used. Patty gave them to me not long after I first started OWM. I did some of the exercises! I even kept the old-but-beautiful magazine pages! I will never be a great mail artist if I can't bring myself to
desecrate repurpose materials that will otherwise simply decay. Folding, creasing, and detaching perforated postcards from a beloved magazine causes less angst. So, here goes. In case you cannot read the small print, this is what it says:
"The alphabet: 26 letters that are the basis of everything. We use it do describe what we love, to send invitations, to write letters, and for the most ordinary tasks, like grocery lists. Each letter has its own beautiful form and that's why we asked 26 illustrators from around the globe to design a letter for us. Each one. On the previous pages are the results: 26 letter cards. Use them to send a personal note, to make a garland, to attach to a gift . . ."
D is for cats?
The names of the illustrators are listed. How can I not free their art--give it wings to soar among my beloved circle of pen friends? Why, oh why don't you have exotic names?!? Five cards are ready. ABC and D are easy. Only one letter is out of place. Twenty-one will follow in Monday's mail.