Time For a Change

Hello everyone, it's been a while since my last personal post on here. You may or may not have noticed my absence in the past year, I’d say, during which my posts here have been really sporadic and I kind of lost touch with the whole blogging thing. After moving to London, a little longer than a year ago now, I started having way less free time - for better or worse - and therefore less time to dedicate to letters and blogging, as mail was what I was primarily posting about.

Having less mail to show, kind of put me in a slump because I felt like that was all I could write about here - as that is the type of content 90% of my readers enjoy seeing here. Coming to thinking about it now, I’ve done and seen so many cool things this past year that I wish I’d have shown to you too, as well as documented here for myself to look back on one day, but I didn’t - simply because I thought that by giving my blog such a name I would have to be stick to it in all aspects and it wouldn’t make sense to stray away from the content that was “meant” to be shared in favour of other topics that wouldn’t quite, or at all, fit into that category.

But from today, it is time for a change. I’ve changed a lot since last year and my “style” and interests have evolved too. As much as I’m attached to my blog name (and still like it, just like mail, which I will continue to share here), it’s time for me to let go of what might be the expectations of others and focus on what I want to do and what I want to share on this blog. At the end of the day, it was born as a personal blog, and now I want to reclaim that.

So yeah, this is a little announcement both for you and myself to make this “official”, and to inform you about the change of direction this blog will be taking from today onwards. You can still expect to see posts about mail and stationery of course, but also more about my graphic design and illustration work and process, some more lifestyle-y kind of posts that will include what I go about doing and seeing in London, plus a bit of travelling whenever I get the chance to, and definitely more photography.

Lastly, thank you if you’ve been reading my blog for ages, and thank you even more if you’ll decide to stick around ☺️

Lot of love,

ƒ. xx

Discovering New Stationery at Top Drawer #2: Imogen Owen

You may remember my post about Top Drawer a few moths back where I showed you one of my latest stationery crushes (Paperboy London ), and today, on the same note, I want to share with you the wonderful work of Imogen Owens.

Imogen designs and illustrates beautiful letterpressed greetings cards and stationery. Her designs range from more luxurious and polished to quirky and fun.

During the brief chat we had a Top Drawer, she told me that she enjoys writing letters too, and her passion for snail mail is perfectly reflected into all of her products, especially her gorgeous correspondence sets.

So, if you love quirky designs and beautiful calligraphy (and don't mind the occasional cheeky swear) make sure to have a look at Imogen's lovely collection!

What do you think of Imogen's work? ♥

ƒ. xx

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Just a Card Campaign + House of Cards Book

Perhaps you might already be familiar with the Just A Card campaign, but if you're not, let me tell you a little bit about it.

Sarah Hamilton is a London-based artist, and in 2014 she started a campaing to support indipendent artists and retailers after seeing yet another small gallery close down.

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card we’d still be open.” When I read this quote by shop keepers who’d recently closed their gallery I thought - enough is enough - we need to fight back! 

The core message of her campaign is that even the smallest sale can help independent shops and designers to pay the bills. As an independent designer myself, this is a message I immediately resonated with and something I always try to keep in mind whenever I may buy something for myself or a gift for someone.. it's nice to stray away from the highstreet and get something more unique whilst also supporting a small business.

Last month, Sarah's book "House of Cards" came out in stores, and I thought I'd check it out.

It features a beautifully curated selection of step-by-step tutorials to create handmade cards by various independent designer. The difficulty ranges from collage to linocut printing, so it's suitable both for experts DIYers and those who are just getting started.

I'm just about to strat sharing more of my mail on the blog again, and I'm sure this book will come in handy for when I need some inspiration to add a more personal touch to my letters ♥

What's your favourite technique when it comes to making cards by hand?

ƒ. x