As you could guess, we get a lot of mail here at L.W.A. Headquarters. Last week, Kathy was going through it and opened up a package.
"Oh, " she says, "I'll leave this for you. It's got wax seals and stuff."
"You can open it," I said.
"It's a federal offense to open someone else's mail."
"I'm sitting right here and I said you could open it. Plus, it's addressed to the Alliance."
"Well," she says, "You're better at opening wax sealed things than I am."
And so the smart, sealed package waited patiently to be opened until our craft fair was over and I was able to read the mail on Sunday night. Inside the envelope I found an exquisitely crafted letter box, emblazoned with the words Laser Lace Letters, wrapped with twine and sealed with wax. It was beautiful and compelling. An aged-looking note accompained it, explaining a bit about the project.
Laser Lace Letters is the brain-child of Haley Moore of Dallas, Texas. It is a collection of laser cut cameo brooches made of felt. Each comes folded into a special envelope that tells the story of the person depicted, through the letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, sketches, photographs, and other objects they left behind. The Letters tell seven steampunk tales of adventure and technological horror, which you can also read as a digital book.
Now, mind you, I am neither a steampunk or brooch lover, but this concept of story through letters and other ephemera, I love. I LOVE IT. I love it so much that I supported it on Kickstarter*. The project offers tons of rewards, including custom cameos and wax seals. Haley even put up an Instructable for making your own wax seals with a laser cutter. I'm proud to support her endeavour which seems original and exciting. I hope she makes it. She's got one day left on her support page. If you think the ideas behind her work are pretty neat, consider joining me.
Good luck Haley,
*Regarding Kickstarter, I'm not a big fan and I don't want this blog to be totally spammy for those kinds of projects. I honestly thought this one was different from everything else I've seen, but don't expect me to put a lot of these up.