Hello Brian,

My name is Chester,

As you probably inferred from the New Hampshire address, I work for Keepsake. I realize this letter might be imparting a somewhat irregular connotation; a personal reply from a stranger’s residence, but management’s policy pertaining mail mandates employee payable hours are only allocated toward pertinent business if requests cannot be directly resolved or lead to immediate sales; catalog sales, basically. As a result, the extent to which I’m able to help from work is quite limited, I’m sorry to say. However, agreeing with your analysis of growing divisions in our current social paradigm, I didn’t want to neglect your earnest outreach, especially since the store isn’t proving to be an example contrary to your observations of devolving business practices.

On a personal note, I wanted to convey that what I wrote in the ‘company’ response was genuine. 

 Your letter was quite the diverting thread to spend company time consuming. Furthermore, not only do I identify with what you outlined, especially regarding the stigmas attached to arts considered feminine, but I am also sporadically writing a woman; she’s in prison, and sending her little trinkets, if you can believe that confluence of similarities. At the moment, I'm actually sending pieces of various material so she can construct a patchwork drape for her cell window. Feel free to take what inspiration from that that you might for the woman you are writing.

I must say, it’s sad letter writing has become a dying art. There’s just something about a tangible representation of a person investing their time on something meant for you. Who knows, perhaps it’s even more powerful now because of its rarity. In fact, my regret at being unable to

hand write you a response from the store is an overwhelming motivation for this respective correspondence. 

Regarding your own approach, I couldn’t help but detect a pleasant scent that reminds me of Polo Blue emanating from the pages of your letter and wondered if you meant to do that. Sorry, I know picking up on such a nuance must sound weird, but infusing essential oils with the glue on personal letters I write is something I do; scent being one of the most palpable ways memory is imparted, so it’s something I noticed immediately.

“Tiny tricks,” are what I like to call such flourishes and it looks like you have a few of your own. Even without the inclusion of craft, I’d say you are already well on your way to making great impressions with your own letters if you just continue with what you are doing. 

Consider the noble piece of letter/subject related artwork you included, it led me to look into Christo and Jeanne-Claude and I couldn’t help but find their use of fabric in creating their gigantic pieces to be quite striking and remarkable. I found it to be quite the valuable inclusion.

Have you gotten an opportunity to look at any public posting boards I recommended?

As far as appealing to your request for learning literature, the store only really supplies the "Modern Patchwork" magazine, which is fine, but I can’t imagine would suit your needs. Beyond taking some local classes, I can only really recommend browsing the stores you visit and committing to what speaks to you. However, I don’t want to come off like a disinterested employee by not giving you something to investigate, so here is the title of a quilting book that was my mother’s: 

Better Homes and Gardens ‘Creative American Quilting’ ISBN 0-696-01800-4

It isn’t especially notable, but has projects you may find aren’t to difficult, if you’re able to locate it. My suggestion starting out is to just try a simple patchwork pattern and square and go from there.

Hope this has been additionally helpful. It has been my pleasure to make your acquaintance. And thank you for writing.  

Chester C. Malkin

 

 

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Chester's First Letter to Brian (Tiny Tricks)
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  Hello Brian,

My name is Chester,

As you probably inferred from the New Hampshire address, I work for Keepsake. I realize this letter might be imparting a somewhat irregular connotation; a personal reply from a stranger’s residence, but management’s policy pertaining mail mandates employee payable hours are only allocated toward pertinent business if requests cannot be directly resolved or lead to immediate sales; catalog sales, basically. As a result, the extent to which I’m able to help from work is quite limited, I’m sorry to say. However...

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