In July 2011, I sent out a fun link to my sister: Ivan Cash’s superFAB internet art collaboration. He (and a team of 234 volunteers) transformed emails into handcrafted letters and snail-mailed them worldwide free of charge. I thought it was a neat idea.
A few weeks later, Eli received a carefully crafted letter written on tracing paper from his auntie. I kept it on the fridge, and then tucked it into his first year book of treasures. Then I forgot about it.
In my second most recent Olive Box, I received a book called Snail Mail my Email. As I leafed through the first couple of pages, it dawned on me that we took part in this project! I immediately started flipping through the book quickly to find her letter to Eli, but … it wasn’t included. It turns out that Ivan and his team collectively sent 10,457 letters to 70 countries in the span of one month and only chose the most “memorable” for the book.
I grabbed the original letter and taped it into the front cover of my copy of the book.
I think this project is repeated every year – the next time being fall 2013 – if you’d like to join the artsy-fartsy fun.
ps. The book reminds me a lot of the postsecret books.
*middle pic via