As many of you know, yesterday was the presidential inauguration in Washington DC.
What many of you may not know is that January 23rd is National Handwriting Day! What do these two events have in common? A couple of fun facts that I thought I would share with RLD readers…
Barack Obama is a left-hander, something that I (being a lefty myself) can appreciate. But have you ever considered the pens that the president uses to sign documents and grocery lists? Neither had I. But thanks to the wonder and beauty of the internet, I found this video from 2010. Lisa Brown, the White House’s Staff Secretary breaks it all down for us: what it takes to choose a pen, the careful consideration that goes into ink choice and (most important to a left-hander) how does the President work around the “smear problem”?
That being said, how will you celebrate National Handwriting Day? Send a postcard to Mom? Get a jump start on your valentines? Or maybe you’ll hand write love notes to your honey and leave them scattered about the house! However you decide to do it, remember that nothing can replace the look and feel of a handwritten missive.
PS: and guess what postal posse?! I’ll be the featured speaker at Foothill College this Friday, January 25th for their “Print and Book Arts Speaker” series. I’m honored to be invited to be a part of this fun series: there will be some show-n-tell, discussion of the latest RLD zines/artist book projects, and chatter about my working process in the studio.
This event is free and open to the public; everyone is encouraged to attend! Lecture starts at 2:00 pm in Studio 1801. I will have a few things for sale as well, after the lecture wraps up. Hope to see you there!