I recently joined the first batch of artist to feature on Post Snail Press. A new project from Fernandes Makes and Loaf & Bear in a response to Covid 19. The project offers a creative new way to keep in touch with friends and family during lockdown and beyond. Visitors to the Post Snail Press website can purchase postcards designed by 35 different artists. Not only that but you can purchase stamps, envelopes and pens too. The whole shebang you need to send some TLC in the post.
The aim of the project is to:
Spread joy, humour, hope and positivity
Encourage people to stay connected using the postal service
Help a community of artists support each other and raise funds for charity
The project supports artists, many of whom have income streams completely decimated by the lockdown. The postcard project supports artists financially with each sale of their design. Plus, every sale raises money for charity too. The current cohort of designs are raising funds for the Samaritans with every order. Their chosen charity links in with their aim to keep connected and support other, even through something as simple as a note on the back of a postcard.
My design was a second iteration of an illustration I created in response to Covid-19. I made it when lockdown was announced. That the country was being put into lockdown wasn’t a surprise but it didn’t make it any less surreal. Or less unfamiliar.
I have repeatedly visited this idea of spirit communication as a completely uncreepy thing. This idea that ghosts like to chat, and use psychics and ouija boards like phones. Ouija boards are a recurring prop in horror films. In my illustrations, there’s only ever a soft and cute spook on the other end. Always up for a chin wag. I felt that this fit in with the sentiment of the project well. You can find on my design you find a cute spook who values a good wholesome catch up. I drew it to encourage people to stay in touch with each other, and with me!
I hope that it gets sent to people who value a good wholesome catch up too.
The postcards can all be bought directly from the Post Snail Press website. You can choose postcards individually or in lucky dip multipacks. Each postcard is A6 sized making it function as a great mini print too.