Well. Today officially begins the holiday shopping season: Are you ready? For the hype, the incessant commercials, the canned holiday music?
As a retailer, I look forward to this time of year — it’s frantic pace and the gratification of people choosing MY work to give to their loved ones. But the co-option of magic frustrates me. No matter what your beliefs, this season is about generosity. Sometimes that’s easily forgotten in all the rush.
I love that I’m able to share my art with a wide audience and I appreciate hearing what the art brings to your lives, but I wrestle with being an ecologist and selling disposable goods. And when everyone one is connected, all the time, to their digital calendars and email, why sell wall calendars and cards?
Stationery evokes an era before technology, when communication was tactile, an era of steam engines and elaborate formalities. Most of that life can be happily left in the past, but choosing cards with care, writing thank you notes, hanging a calendar that brings art into a room — these are traditions that should be cultivated amidst the bustle and glow of smartphones and inescapable connectedness. Stationery is a pause, a breath, an intent. Slow down. Enjoy the feel of pen against fine paper. Imagine the happiness of the recipient as you write. The bustle can wait.
At this time of year it’s especially important to hold on to the traditions that keep you grounded, that remind you what we celebrate, that bring you back to generosity.
I wish for all of you a season that is joyful, thoughtful and full of celebration.