My mother recently handed me an overstuffed manilla folder containing cards and letters that we exchanged over the years, mostly from my time at sleep-away camp, and let me tell you, that thing was THICK. I know it was a different time, and that if email were available back then, I wouldn't have been writing sloppy cursive on postcards and ruled paper from the camp canteen, but still, as I flipped through all that correspondence, I felt a rush of warmth and nostalgia I haven't felt in ages. No text or email, no matter how poignant and well-written, can accomplish the intimacy of "I love you" or "I'm homesick" or "I passed my swim test" that actual handwriting can. I realize this sounds strange coming from a woman with a blog, but I'm a print girl at heart, and believe that most sentiments are a thousand times more impactful on paper. In the digital age, something has been lost.
On that note, I'm thrilled to share that one of my favorite letterpress greeting card brands, Portland-based Egg Press, has just this week launched clever "Social Correspondence Kits." Options include eight-packs of printed letterpress cards (shown above in "Lake") which come with "four thanks and four blanks" in a coordinating 5x7 American-made fiberglass tray, 18 flat letterpress tear away cards with perforated receipts, cheeky canvas hand-sewn card cases (one says "Thoughtful As Hell"), screen-printed canvas pencil pouches, and 52-page letterpress desk pads. Prices range from $24-$32.
Egg Press co-designer Kara Yanagawa told me she and co-designer/founder Tess Darrow's inspiration for designing the new SPK collection was, "a desire to write more letters internally, which led to a collection of offerings to help others do the same. We wanted to produce tools that promoted letter writing and thoughtfulness presented in a basic, but well-designed way, made in the USA with quality materials."
Letter writing and giving has become a mission for Egg Press. Last April, they launched a month of letter writing with fellow letterpress company Hello!Lucky called WRITE_ON where they all tried to write one letter-per-day and invited their friends and followers to join them, giving away approximately 2,000 free writing kits. You can see a short video about it here: http://eggpress.com/write_on
Top photo by Nina Myers McCammon; middle four by Jack Wineinger.