Shit's pretty crazy right now, eh?
Well, I figured with everyone being so socially and physically distant, it would be a good time to write letters, if only for historical purposes, and then, as it turns out, April is National Letter Writing Month in the US, so ba-da-bing ba-da-boom, here's some free stationery to print out, colour & write letters on!
There are two zipped files at the bottom of this post for your to download and in each one, there is a lined and unlined version of the page.
There were a couple of things that were actually the impetus of the creation of these pages and this idea.
I just finished reading the new Frida Kahlo biography called "Frida In America" that was SO SO SO fucking detailed that half the time I was listening to it, I was thinking, "how in the hell do you even know this?" The research that went into that book was impeccable, I loved it, and I'm pretty sure the author got most of her information from personal letters Frida and the people around her sent each other at the time. It's the only possible way.
A couple of days later, Wednesday March 11th, to be precise, our government started telling people to self isolate for the next 14 days and that schools would be cancelled for 3 weeks. It was pretty apparent from watching 24 hour news, that this was a potential shit show, and over the weekend I watched as my government sent more and more warnings, told Canadians abroad to come home before it was no longer an option, all non-essential businesses closed, and everyone started working from home. It started feeling like the apocalypse, or at the very least, a modern black plague.
Then I saw a tweet from a historian that begged people to WRITE THEIR EXPERIENCES DOWN ON PAPER for future historians. She meant journaling, but I started thinking that with so much isolation, wouldn't it be better to reach out and write each other letters/send happy mail? I mean, it serves the same historical purpose.
So I made stationery to do so.
It doesn't matter who you write to, how many people you write to, or if you even use this stationery to write to anyone at all. What I hope, is that people will use it to write down their stories - by hand - during this time, even if it's just for their own personal, private reasons.
A lot of the things I do are simply for posterity. I'm a little bit obsessed with legacy and the future and I firmly believe that one day there *will* be a digital blackout and future historians are going to lose access to a lot of our current culture. By writing out physical copies of our stories, they have a greater chance, in my opinion, of surviving to become of great value to future historians. Human beings will always value physical evidence above digital. It's how we're built.
In the 1600's, there was this dude in England named Samuel Pepys, who is famous for keeping a diary during the great plague of London and describing the events of that, as well as general society of the time. Here's the wiki article about him, he's considered England's most famous diarist. His diary has proven to be of significant historical value, and our letters and journals can be too. We'll never see it, but pretend they have historical value as you're writing them, and you'll never know the difference if they get chucked out after you die. Even if they do, if they don't go directly to a landfill, there's a good chance a collector one day will snag them up at an estate sale or the like. It could happen! As my friend Raya said to me, YOU could be the Samuel Pepys of our time! Think about it!
So that's why I made this stationery. Write your story. Share your story with someone else. (Or don't!) I personally try to write 3 pages in my journal every day and I plan to write to an inmate during self isolating and maybe even beyond if she's cool! If you wanna write to an inmate, just google your state or province or country and "write to an inmate" and results for organizations will come up that encourage partaking in this activity and they explain why. If you think self isolating at home for 2 & a half weeks is rough, try serving a "light sentence" of 3 YEARS in prison. It's rough, man.
Anyway, that's it! I hope everyone's surviving and has the things they need! (Including toilet paper! :P)
PS. Patrons got an exclusive stationery design cuz they pay my pills. It looks like this:
PPS. Come chat with us on Discord if you're self isolating and need someone to talk to! Also! If you have no one to write letters to, message me and I'll give you my address & you can write to me! :)