by International Artist Sharon White
World letter writing day takes place on 1st September and I can’t wait to pen five emotive letters to my husband, my three children and my Mum & Dad which I will dutifully post and seal with a loving kiss.
I’ve just launched my new stationery collection, featuring creative images taken from a selection of my artworks which were exhibited here in the UK and in the Middle East. For 17 years, I worked as head of art at Secondary School level and have always been inspired by using mixed-media in my paintings, to include crystals, pearls, ribbons and lace. These prominently feature in my stationery and correspondence cards.
In this techno world, I am beginning to understand the true meaning of traditional values, such as a hand written letter. My British heritage is renowned for its great writers, from the likes of Austen and Keats and, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t be thrilled at the prospect of receiving a heartfelt love letter; something to treasure and keep.
A brief text, or an electronic message cannot begin to compare with the compassion of a personal card or letter. During the first and second world wars, billions of letters exchanged hands and I can only begin to imagine the sentiment and importance that those self-penned words meant to their recipients.
So many traditional values are making a welcome return, as we embrace an uncertain world and look back at some of the home comforts that make us all feel safe. I welcome you to take just a few minutes of your precious time on the 1st September and post a letter to a loved one or friend and really make their day as, when that hand written envelope is delivered through their post box, they will be encouraged and delighted by your capacity to share a much treasured tradition.