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Pen Missing Pal

February 29, 2012

Pin pricked letter that reads, Dear Pen, I miss you. Love Pal.

It’s a leap year so I’m leaping into it with a vow to regularly write letters again – write, as in sans keyboard. I created Drawing Pins to force myself to return to making art by hand again, sans mouse and keyboard. Soon after an additional agenda revealed itself that I wasn’t consciously aware of at first: I wanted to connect with friends beyond a 140-character, cc’d to all status update. The gift of an extra day from the leap year presents the perfect excuse to appease this other itch scratching at my soul.

Just as “video killed the radio show”, the digital age and the omnipresence of social media is killing the analog show. Clearly I’m not the only one who feels this loss of joy the reciprocation of letter writing afforded us. One such incentive is Craig Oldham’s The Hand.Written.Letter.Project. Oldham initiated the project in 2007 and it’s his project that I’ve chosen to send my inaugural leap year letter to.

According to Victorian Rituals, “Fragments of friendship, made by women in the Victorian Era, used their ingenuity and clever hands to fashion objects to give away including the letters they so carefully wrote. Many would take care to turn an ordinary envelope into a work of art with illustrations and or painted script, and even addresses rendered with intricate pin pricks.”

Pin pricks, conveniently a Drawing Pins metaphor, seemed the perfect means to correspond about the analog communication doldrums I’ve been feeling. Though Craig is not a personal friend, his project felt apropos for my heartfelt message about a pen missing paper. I hope he gets a smidgen of joy upon receiving my submission on the matter.

Pin pricked letter that reads, Dear Pen, I miss you. Love Pal.

Pin pricked letter that reads, Dear Pen, I miss you. Love Pal.
© 2012, Dana Aubrey

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2012 5:49 pm

    This is so beautiful…such great idea, too. Appeals to my paper fetish… 😀

  2. March 9, 2012 9:07 am

    Thank you Nat. I can’t tell you how much a compliment from a beautifully artistic soul like yourself means to me. It puts a skip in my step. 🙂

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