Category Archives: #Letter365

What about cover colour?

#Letter365 No5 goes on it's way
No5 goes on it’s way

As I walked to the post box I considered if I liked the colour I had chosen for the writing on the envelope. I wondered if I should strive to find the most unpleasant colours, the loudest, the subtlist, the best match to the artwork inside, etc. But then I reminded myself that it is enough of a commitment to come up with the artwork each day and I should be concentrating on finding a design for the rest of them so I no longer have to think about the cover each day. Or should I? Perhaps I should do a series where the envelope is the artwork and inside there is just a note saying that!

No4 is out the door – unseen by human eyes

No4 goes in the post box
No4 goes in the post box at Bradpole PO

It’s a lovely spring morning and the forth in this year-long series goes in the Post Box at Bradpole Post Office.

Today’s piece is an interesting one! A lot of people have been saying to me “so you won’t know what is in it” then correcting themselves and say “well obviously you know because you did it”. So that I can say, “that’s right sometimes even I don’t know what is in it” I have created today’s offering in such a way that even I have not seen the finished result. It also includes a “bonus track”! Now we will all have to wait at least a year to see what I am talking about. If nobody buys it, we will never know – including me!

I have changed the envelope again. I must spend some time designing something so I can get get it printed. I have enough on without having to design and print a new envelope each day.

I notice that I forgot to put a date stamp on the outside today: chaos creeping into the system already! I am trying to make sure each piece is signed, dated and dated-stamped (on the back and on the envelope) but I’m interested to monitor when something gets missed or something happens differently.

It’s the process

Twitter exchange with Michael Paul Smith
Twitter exchange with Michael Paul Smith

Well I am certainly not going to dress up for all the posts but I am fascinated by the process of repetitive actions. It’s like the tide coming in each day the same but endlessly different.

I did a #Collage365 on the subject, early on, where I put the idea (my obsession with the interplay between chaos and control) into words It was “045 – a crab or a stone”

#Collage365 post "045 - a crab or a stone"
#Collage365 post “045 – a crab or a stone”

OMG it’s No3

#Letter365 No3 goes in the box
No3 goes in the box

I note that the day plate still reads SAT. The Saturday collection is at noon and they should have changed it to MON as there is no Sunday collection. So there are currently 2 #Letter365 envelopes in the box.

Our friend Ken stayed over last night and he added some great delivery ideas to add to our pot of insanity! Keep a look out.

In the box


#Letter365 No2 goes in the post box
No2 goes in the post box

#Letter365 No2 is in the box.  I have just posted it in our local postbox. I have added a little to the envelope and made the lettering a lighter grey.

No2 almost ready

Slight hiatus in the sending of No2 as I am waiting for something to dry. It could be paint, it could be glue or I might have washed my hair and don’t want to go to the post box with it wet! Have no fear #Letter No2 will be posted before the witching hour even though we have a friend staying over.

The first delivery

David Smith & Polly Gifford outside Bridport Arts Centre
Delivering the first #Letter365 to Polly Gifford outside Bridport Arts Centre

I met with Polly Gifford to sort out the details of the #Letter365 project and exhibition – at least as much as we could at this stage – and I delivered the first #Letter365 envelope personally.

I am really excited to be working with Bridport Arts Centre on this unfolding, year-long project and I am grateful for Polly’s support and enthusiasm.

No1 ready to go

The first #Letter365 envelope ready to go
No1 ready to go

The project is underway. The first piece is finished and sealed in the envelope ready for delivery to Polly at Bridport Arts Center in an hour’s time.

I had originally planned to design the envelopes before the event and get them printed so they would all be the same, but the swift start has meant that you will be able to watch the process towards the final design over the coming days. I had thought I would have this first one just drawn in pencil but I need it to stand out in a photo with Polly for sending to the Press!

I also didn’t manage to find any suitable envelopes in our lovely but small town of Bridport so I am using some old ones where the self seal has gone. So I have used sealing wax to secure this:

Sealing wax
Sealing wax

Of course you also cannot buy proper sealing wax in Bridport so I am using an old stick of not very good decorative sealing wax. The impression is part of our branding iron for beekeeping equipment. I suppose I should make my own sealing wax! Perhaps I will.

Anyway i am really pleased with the piece I created today and will be happy that the future purchaser has got good value!

Mad is genius

Phone screen showing Twitter conversation
Thanks for the reminder Trisha

I am pleased to have friends in the Twittersphere to keep me sane! I do have a small concern about starting #Letter365 before I have finished #Collage365 – especially when I have to be away from home – but it’s only a couple of weeks commitment to the collages, after that I’ll have to decide if I continue making a collage a day. I need to have something regular getting out there to keep people interested as I will struggle to make #Letter365 visually engaging through the year.