There is a certain beauty evident in a thing by the measure of care people invest in it. It’s a simple if/then equation: if we care enough about what we make, if we go all in and put the whole of our capacity into it and consider it in a larger context—the way something catches the light, the grain of its surface—then others too will pause and take notice. No one walks through a cherry orchard in March unmoved. The consideration we, Artifacts, give to a simple thing like a notebook, or our part in grander gestures that inspire people to forgo the paper sack and return to wrapping gifts, is evidence of that care that we pass along. We believe that we can bring back the sense of event to gift giving and encourage people to pause and grin and share a few extra moments of appreciation—of the finer things and of one another.
Bows on foreheads. Someone’s mother smoothing and refolding sheets of gift wrap that are too nice to throw away. A brooding young man writes in verse in a notebook on a park lawn. A woman in the shade of a dogwood composes a letter. We prick up our ears at the sound of mail slipping through the slot. The ground is shifting. More people are trying to take better care. We are trying to craft our lives in ways that allow us to recognize beauty and smile. We’re in this for the grins.
ARTIFACTS FOR Reading and Writing
When articulating your true feelings, leave no room for confusion; whether composing a how-d’-do or a love letter, a Dear John or a restraining order, take care to pen your prose with good grammar. There is little more cherished than a limited-edition postage stamp and nothing says, 'I don’t give a damn' like postage due.
NODS AND NOTICES
Accolades (50 Awards)
National ADDY Silver Award winner; Regional ADDY Best in Show and Gold Certificate of Excellence winner; Local ADDY Silver Award winner; HOW’s International Design competition Outstanding Achievement Award winner; Mohawk Show 4 Best in Show winner; New York International Gift Fair Best in Show winner; One Show Silver Award winner; Print’s Regional Design Competition Best in Show winner; Step’s Year’s Best Design winner; Top Drawer Exhibition [UK] Best in Show winner; 36th Annual West Coast Show Silver Award winner . . .
Articles (50 Titles)
Azure, the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Dwell, Elle Decoration [UK], Graphis, Hamptons, Homes & Gardens [UK], Lucky, Martha Stewart Living, New York,, Real Simple, the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, Wallpaper* . . .
ARTIFACTS FOR GENEROSITY AND GRATIFICATION
Langston Hughes famously wrote, They give to beauty here / The same as everywhere / Adulation, but no care. A gift is the care you take presenting it. Before it is opened or even shaken—before a word is uttered, its heart is on the outside.