Donovan can't stop with the dinosaur puns, so we made a new congrats card that features the Iguanadon--a dinosaur that had spikes on his hands, resembling thumbs. Two thumbs-up from Iguanadon!
We also revealed what we have been working on for more than a year with Carolee, which is a bit of a cloak & daggers adventure through the mail: IR Ops. If you want to dive in head first and become an IR Ops agent, start here. If you are curious and want to more know info before you delve into this world, check out the description here.
IR Ops is one of the new ways we are trying to get people excited about mail and to think outside of the norms of what mail can be. While we planned ahead for all the weird and fun stuff that would be sent your way, we had no idea of the creative things that would be sent our way. I have been blown away with some of the submissions for becoming an IR Ops agent and it makes me so happy that there are such creative people in the world.
Kathy here. I'm the history nerd behind this blog as well as one half of the stationery shop 16 Sparrows. I'm also co-founder of the member- based group, The Letter Writers Alliance. If you are new here, check out some of the most popular posts and work your way from there.
May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm
1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
Tickets: $5 Purchase options available soon!
June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse at 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
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