Back in February Carlin Wragg a writer and graduate student at NYU asked me if I could do some calligraphy for her for her thesis project, a historical novel-in-verse set in the 1940s. “The story follows the lives of two characters, Jack and Matilda, who fall in love during World War II and nurture their relationship through correspondence. Their fictional letters form the core of the novel.” Carlin asked me to produce single copies of four of these fictional letters along with the envelopes to give the readers the feeling that they were written by the characters themselves.
These fictitious letters were to look as if they were written during the 1940s. Both were to be written in black ink on white paper. Matilda’s letters are written in Spencerian script, Jack’s are in Primo a more masculine script.
Matilda’s fragment or second letter was to be written on a postcard-sized piece of paper, and enclosed in an unsealed hand-delivered envelope with “Jack” written on the front.
At first I visited various paper stores looking for something appropriate to write on. What a waste of time! After shlepping around the stores I realized that I had what I needed squirreled away in various boxes at home. The perfect aged and battered paper for writing on, and some old antique looking envelopes that had for some reason or other been kept for posterity!
Take a look at “Found Letters” to see how creatively Carlin has used the letters. This was one of my favorite projects to work on. Thank you Carlin!
The letters look gorgeous! It was a thrill to see your scans when I opened my inbox, thank you.
Carlin M. Wragg
New York University
Master’s Candidate ~Interactive Telecommunications Program
I just opened the package — the letters are gorgeous! Thank you, thank you!
It’s been a pleasure working with you.
All the best,
Poems / Letters © Carlin Wragg 2012