Snail-mail, the old-fashioned practice of crafting and sending handwritten missives through the post, is a great joy for me. I believe snail-mail is nostalgia, crafts, slow-living and hygge all rolled into one. If you are searching for a more personal, connected and ‘handmade’ way of living, the simple act of writing a letter might be your answer. Here are some resources I've made for you.
"beautiful letter" course
My four-week e-course will teach you how to craft truly beautiful letters. Letters that deliver joy, and are destined to become keepsakes. You'll gain new writing and storytelling skills, ideas and tutorials for mail-art and thoughtful gifts, a guide to finding pen-pals, and time-management tips for busy correspondents. It's also packed with bonus printable resources.
MEALS IN THE MAIL
I am collecting recipes, received via letters from all over the world, in hopes of creating a cook-book. The book will be a celebration of food, nostalgia, hand-written communications and community all in one go. Send me your favourite recipe to take part, alongside a line or two about what makes it special to you. I promise to send a free copy of the book to everyone who participates.
"MAKING MAIL" E-BOOK
Whether you’re seeking connections, community, a craft outlet or just a simpler way of living, writing letters is a wonderful path to mindfulness, creativity and friendship. My 10-part e-book, "Making Mail" will give you all the tools and tips you need to confidently make that happen. It is free for all subscribers to my monthly email, the Snail-Mail Toolkit.
If you want to dip your toes into the world of mail-art (sending decorated envelopes through the post) but lack time or creative confidence (or both), this toolkit is for you. A free monthly newsletter with printable envelope templates that you can paint and tailor to make and send your own mail-art. Subscribers to this toolkit also gain first dibs on all new projects and courses.
In January 2017, my husband bought me a present: a thousand unused vintage postcards, dating anywhere from 1900 to 1970, and he challenged me to send every one of them out into the world. Not for any reason or agenda, other than to give them life and spread joy, one letterbox at a time. So now I have exactly one year to write and send a thousand vintage and antique postcards.
"AIRMAIL": A NOVELLA
My novella Airmail was published in 2011. It won both the iUniverse Editor’s Choice and Rising Star awards the same year. It's the story of a reclusive old man, Mr G.L. Solomon, who receives a series of letters from a complete stranger, a young woman named Anouk who is living in New York. Her letters become increasingly surreal and draw him into a grand adventure...
In 2017, I joined Boots Paper, an ethical stationery company based in Gippsland, Victoria, as its in-house illustrator. We create bespoke, limited edition stationery, including note pads, lined envelopes, greeting cards, journals, correspondence cards, gift tags, and so much more. This is the best fun I've ever had at "work" and we are constantly creating new products.
THE ART OF MAIL
Coming soon! The Art of Mail: a field guide to creative, quirky and kind projects in the post (previously Snail Mail Revolution) is the working title of the book I’m writing, photographing for and illustrating right now. It is about all the clever, kind, quirky and creative things that people are doing (and YOU can do) with the post. The book will be available as an e-book, and in limited-edition print format.
“Mail art” is an artistic movement all about sending small-scale art through the post. It started in the 1960s and 70s within the “fluxus” movement, which was an anti-art, anti-establishment movement that aimed to challenge the very definitions of art. So, for example, it asked: “Can mail be art?” Well, the answer is yes! This is an ever-growing gallery of the mail-art I make.