As I’ve mentioned, 2016 was a lean reading year for me and I have great plans to remedy that this year. Among other ways of playing with this, I’m up for starting the 100 Untimed Books challenge.
As the above photo indicates I’m filing my recent read Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence (25th Anniversary Limited Edition) by Nick Bantock under prompt #61: Missing.
I was gifted this book by someone who had received a copy of my recent zine, and noting my penchant for tip ins and pockets containing little bits and bobs, knew I’d love this little edition.
It’s a charming little tale about the correspondence between two artists, carried on through postcards and letters, and tipped in throughout the book are envelopes containing notes so you have the tactile experience on opening missives and reading them. One of the pair of correspondents is supposedly an artist who uses her talents as a stamp designer, and I was fondly reminded of the time when creating faux postage was quite the rage.
While I won’t spoil the tale should you wish to read it, suffice it to say there is a little twist in the plot that effortlessly allows me to categorize this as my #61: Missing entry.
Continuing with my system of rating using floriography, the language of flowers, that both hints at the plot and reflects my assessment, I award this book a nosegay of Coriander (concealed merit), American Starwort (welcome to a stranger), and Flowering Fern (fascination).
I’m always going to be a stalwart supporter of snail mail. Long after the rest of the world has given up on paper missives, I expect I’ll be sticking stamps on envelopes and hunting for the increasingly scarce mail drop boxes in which to start them off on their postal journey. That being so, it’s always a delight to me when there are lovely and/or interesting stamps to use to adorn envelopes and pay the postage fee. It’s my opinion there aren’t enough fantastic images. If I were in charge of things, both our currency and our postage stamps would be far far more magical.
On the other hand, there are artists who clearly share my vision as well. Check out paper artist Diana Beltran Herrera who has done a series of paper sculpture bird stamps.
What about you? Are you a snail mailer? Consider it a lost art, and good riddance? Ever collect stamps? Create faux postage? Do tell – you know I love to hear. And should you be interested in a chance to receive a copy of my latest zine, let me know in the comments. If more than one person is interested, I’ll pull the winning name out of a hat – my favorite method of selection.