Many of you who read this blog would know that I'm a big fan of paper-anything. The memories that one associates with a ticket stub, a get-well card, a scrapbook kept from primary school or a letter from a long-time-passed pen pal are what makes us, us.
The power to incite memories are held within these otherwise irrelevant items which to a passer-by hold no value at all. But to each and every one of us, these little things we've collected throughout our lives are priceless.
I think that in a strange way the fact that paper is so easily destructible makes it all the more precious and special to me. It's a fragile material that we use everyday. Yet, not looked after it can be completely worthless. That just adds to its complexity. It's readily available, taken for granted, important and useless all at the same time.
With so much of our lives being spent digitally, the art of writing a good old fashion letter and dropping it in a post box is sadly a forgotten art to many of us. It's one of life's simple little things that should be embraced if at the very least to feed and nourish your creative soul. It's just like baking bread. Ever tried it? Well you should. Such a simple little task which can provide much more pleasure than picking up a loaf full of numbers and preservatives from your local grocer.
When I was a young girl I had a pen friend in Canada. She was the same age as me. We had both met in Greece where we lived for 8 months. Joanna and her mother moved to Canada whilst my mum and I moved to Australia. We wrote to each other for years. Then we lost touch. I don't know where she lives anymore, nor can I find her online. I miss having a pen friend.
A couple of days ago we watched Max and Mary and I felt so inspired afterwards that I wanted to start writing to people. People across the other side of the world. But maybe not quite as randomly selected as Mary's pen friend came about.
So with this, I thought others might like to join me in embracing life's little pleasures. Would you like a creative pen pal too?
Maybe you're interested in learning about how others live, where they live, what they do for fun, what their favourite creative hobby is?
Maybe you've never experienced receiving a hand-written letter in the mail adorned with cute doodles or stickers?
Maybe you want an excuse to start using all that cute stationery you've been hoarding?
Maybe you'd like to occasionally swap little parcels of favourite local treats, magazines or craft supplies with your pen pal?
Or maybe you're just lonely and would like the chance to form a long-distance friendship with a like-minded creative someone? That's ok too.
your full name postal address creative interests (what are your favourite crafts) if you'd like to be matched up with more than one pen pal any other info which you think is relevant
SIGN-UPS HAVE CLOSED!
I will then match you up with someone from another country who shares similar creative interests and send you both an email with each others' details.
Some important minor details
I will only share your postal address with your designated pen pal(s). It will not be given out to anyone else. You will be copied on the email to your pen pal.
Let's play nice please - in providing your address, you are agreeing to having someone who you do not know, write to you - that's what having a pen pal is all about. I will not be held liable for any potential outcomes that may involve harassment or other unsavoury situations. Feel free to use a PO box address if you are concerned!
Sign-ups close Friday 26th April. I will match up all requests and send out pen pal information week commencing Monday 29th April.
Spread the word - the more people who sign up, the more people we'll be connecting on an international level. And that's more people writing to each other! In pen! In real life! If you're on Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #creativepenpals to share the love - feel free to use the above image!