Lost down a rabbit hole of Pinterest in December, I found myself ‘pinning’ old illustrated envelopes. There’s a great tradition of illustrators sending their publishers customised stationery. And, I started thinking it was a shame the humble envelope has become the mere curtains to the main event….the card inside. Why not design beautiful envelopes to show off postcodes!
There can be nothing nicer than a heavyweight envelope, my favourite place to shop for these being Shepherds Bookbinders in Victoria, London. An inspirational shop, I always surprised more people don’t know about. Over Christmas, I picked up some pastel ones from Paperchase which are a little on the thin side but nice to draw on.
I’m not really into resolutions, but I’m hoping all my 2017 correspondence will be beautifully illustrated. Will I create havoc for Royal Mail I hear you say? I know for a fact, all tricky to read post is shown for five seconds (or so) to a room of people who decipher poorly written postcodes daily. So let’s hope my envelope spreads a little joy. Next on my wishlist, is a fountain pen.