Hello, fellow citizens of this pale blue dot. Let's celebrate modern-day letter writing and the 40th anniversary of Voyager's Golden Record launch into space! We are offering a set of unique designs printed on high-quality 5x7 cards which can double as frameable art.
I collaborated with a team of talented artists to create a set of 5 greeting cards inspired by the 55 languages included in NASA's Voyager Program. The languages we chose, and their translated messages are:
"Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time." --Amoy (Min dialect [spoken in China])
"We wish all of you well." --Ila (spoken in Zambia)
"Welcome, creatures from beyond the outer world." --Polish (spoken in Poland)
"Peace." --Aramaic (a language nearing extinction)
"Peace." --Hebrew (spoken in Israel)
"Hello to the residents of far skies." --Persian (spoken in Iran)
Aramaic and Hebrew had the same message so we are crediting that message to both languages. If you'd like to hear the messages as included on the Golden Record, you can find them here.
Pen Pals & Original Art
In addition to the greeting cards, we will match you with a member of the Phantom Pen Press team to suit your correspondence goals, whether you want:
- New perspectives
- Movie & book recommendations
- Handwritten poetry
- Nothing but the worst puns imaginable
If you don't have a pen pal preference, that's fine too! Either way, we will send you a note on a regular basis for the next year. That includes at least six handwritten letters and at least one piece of original art.
Many of my closest friends live in different states or countries, and sending them handwritten letters is one way I let them know I’m thinking of them even when they’re not near. The joy of finding a familiar scrawl across an envelope addressed to you is something we can all share. We can even write a note to one of your friends instead of you!
We have the utmost respect for your privacy and will never share your information with anyone. Should you decide to be our pen pal, the only people who will see your address is the project manager (Jennifer Joseph) and the pen pal you are matched with.
FREE shipping for US folks, though we ship to international folks too.
2 greeting cards of your choice + 2 envelopes = $8
5 greeting cards (1 of each design, or 5 of your choice) + 5 envelopes = $19
10 greeting cards (2 of each design, or 10 of your choice) + 10 envelopes = $35
Pen pal + original art + 5 greeting cards + 5 envelopes = $54
Jessica Wallace was assigned to Amoy
We chose Amoy because we thought the question about food was cute and thought Jessica's work would be an adorable asset to the project. Jessica wanted to incorporate some animals from the Chinese zodiac, and some traditional Chinese foods to match the greeting.
Lawrence Hernandez was assigned to Polish
Lawrence was inspired by traditional Polish folk art and translated that into objects in space, such as asteroids, comets, and meteors.
Kelsey Kowalski was assigned to Aramaic / Hebrew
We wanted a psychedelic feel to the art to match the decade the Voyager was launched and knew Kelsey's style would work perfectly.
Kathleen Connor was assigned to Persian
We ran into Kathleen at a farmer's market in Omaha, loved almost every single piece she had on display, and knew we had to work with her.
Jennifer Joseph was assigned to Ila
JJ wanted to honor the Zambian flag and use the waveform of the greeting itself in a fun way. In keeping with the spacey theme, she also wanted a colorful background reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Help Spread the Word!
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our project. If you have a contact in the media, we'd love to hear from them! If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Special thanks to soundtrackuniverse.com for the music in the video.
Risks and challenges
Each project comes with some risk, but ours is minimal. We completed a successful Kickstarter project in May this year, and all rewards were sent by July, within the quoted period.
The greeting cards are ready to go and will be printed immediately after the project ends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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