After recently rediscovering the joys of sending and receiving correspondence the old fashioned way via ‘snail mail’, I was delighted to receive a copy of Michelle Mackintosh’s new book Snail Mail – Rediscovering the art and craft of handmade correspondence.
Inspired by Japanese stationery and letter-writing culture, Michelle Mackintosh reveals the charm of the handwritten letter, personalised parcels and handcrafted stationery, as well as showing us how to add a little of this flair to our digital communications.
If you love the idea of sending letters and putting together care packages, this book is a trove of inspiration, gorgeous imagery and colourful mail inspired craft.
Teaching us to get the most from our post, Michelle shows us how we can improve our handwriting, craft the perfect letter and the lost art of manners, make our own paper, envelopes, wax seals and pressed flowers, put together care packages for loved ones who need a bit of TLC, romance someone the old-school way, and craft beautiful mail art for any occasion. Oh and did I mention, templates and stickers!
It also contains all the amazing envelopes and letters she received through he PO BOX 26 project, where letter writers from all over the world (including me) contributed mail art to be included in the book.
But this isn’t just a craft book, it shares personal stories (which are truly heartfelt), historical letters, and advice on etiquette and grammar.
The book itself is a gorgeously tactile experience with an embossed hard cover and pages that evoke the edges of old fashioned air mail envelopes.
I really like this practical and inspirational book, and I think you’ll like it too. You can buy your own copy here
Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh, published by Hardie Grant Books
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