Once upon a time mobile phones couldn’t access the internet; once upon a time there were no mobile phones and no internet to be accessed; once upon a time things were harder to get hold of, and we kept useful things, and didn’t throw them out and buy new ones.
Apologies, I don’t mean to sound as old as your grandmother, but there was a time when, say, an oversized and all-cardboard envelope was a thing I would put aside for when I might have need of it. There was no eBay; I was not a professional artist, and I didn’t buy large boxes of oversized cardboard envelopes if I wanted them.
My studio is undergoing a much-needed 10-year clear-out (apologies for the dearth of artwork at this time). Mostly I am being very sensible, and a little ruthless. But things are wont to turn up, things that have slipped through time for so long that maybe now they can not be thrown away, not just like that.
Here is an oversized and all-cardboard envelope that slipped through time, three in fact. I was fourteen when the oldest envelope was printed and that was 29 years ago; it tells its own tale.
On the artwork front: there will be more, soon, honestly. I have in fact sketched out the concept for this year’s Christmas card only this afternoon. You can’t see that, of course: it would be against the rules, but there will be other stuff, shortly…