February is often thought of as a time to celebrate love, but you don’t have to go all out because it’s as easy as sending a letter or card to someone you care about. Next month, Sterling Creatives and her cardmaker Jane DeSanti are celebrating postcards, letters, and notes.
“I’ve always loved paper in all its forms. Before cell phones, when long distance calls were very expensive, people used to write letters,” she said. “Aunt Lillian lived all over the world and used to send letters. I knew the difference from an early age.”
Desanti explains that most of the important words in her life were received on cards. She has cards of congratulations when big things happen in her life and cards of consolation when the worst things in her life happen, she puts the cards in a box and reads them over and over again.
“I’ve been giving my self-made cards as gifts to family and friends for several years. A set of cards is a great present and encourages people to connect with others,” she says. I got
In her latest exhibition at the Artists Cooperative, Desanti displays letters her father wrote to his family during World War II.
“He must have been homesick because he wrote almost every week during his assignment,” she said, adding that her brother and his wife kept the tradition, the first year she was entrusted with work in another state. I sent cards and letters to my daughter every week.
For DeSanti, cardmaking is about helping people connect with their partners, parents, sisters, brothers, children, friends, or neighbors. She rarely puts her emotions inside the cards she makes. For those intimidated by too much blank space on their cards, she has a few suggestions at her Friday, February 3rd Open Her House.
DeSantis has been making cards for several years and has registered and trademarked the name Hug In An Envelope®, the name he used to market his work. This, she says, captures the intent of each card.
She’s been experimenting lately by merging her photography and graphic arts skills with a series of Sterling Point of Interest greeting cards available at the Open House. She also has some vintage Sterling postcards of her that I found on eBay. Additionally, this month she joined her online community at Postcrossing.com. In this community she can send and receive postcards from all over the world. Her first postcards went to Germany, Japan, Australia, Finland and California.
“Maybe my picture postcard will come back to Stirling,” said Desanti.
Over the last few years, she has partnered with many community members and heritage centers to create cards for nursing home residents for events such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Old America Month, where they embrace aging in the square. bottom. Square To embrace her aging at the event, Desanti and her fellow cardmakers created cards, setting a record of 669 cards.
“I am passionate about card making and try to send cards to everyone who has a request for a card shower in the newspaper,” she said.
DeSanti invites the public to bring notes, cards, letters and postcards to Sterling Creative or create and share free postcards during the open house. She wants to photograph them and make videos of the items.
Meet DeSanti at Sterling Creatives’ First Friday Open House on February 3rd from 11:30am to 6:00pm to see her work and create your own postcard. Her address is 129 N. Third Street. If you don’t make it in time, her work will also be on display throughout her February. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
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