BryanaJoyStudio

Letters From The Sea Tower

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BryanaJoyStudio

Letters From The Sea Tower

United States | 825 Sales

Announcement    Welcome to Bryana Joy Studio, a shop for intricately-illustrated old-fashioned monthly subscription letters about the Great Books! If you're looking for original paintings or literary fine art prints, you can find them in my shop at www.bryanajoy.com. There are also a host of other subscriptions options available over there for the Letters From The Sea Tower, including auto-renewing subscriptions and past letters. [However, Paypal payments are not yet enabled there, so if you need to pay through Paypal, you may wish to continue using Etsy in order to subscribe to the letters.]

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Last updated on Sep 21, 2020

Welcome to Bryana Joy Studio, a shop for intricately-illustrated old-fashioned monthly subscription letters about the Great Books! If you're looking for original paintings or literary fine art prints, you can find them in my shop at www.bryanajoy.com. There are also a host of other subscriptions options available over there for the Letters From The Sea Tower, including auto-renewing subscriptions and past letters. [However, Paypal payments are not yet enabled there, so if you need to pay through Paypal, you may wish to continue using Etsy in order to subscribe to the letters.]

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Letter 18 is about Little Women, sisterhood, creativity, and the highest ends for art. It's finally been added to the Past Letters Archive, so if you missed it last month, you can get yours now!
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About BryanaJoyStudio

Sales 825
On Etsy since 2015

About the Letters From The Sea Tower

I believe there is transformative power in stories and in beauty; and in a world that's increasingly digital and virtual, I believe in the value of the handmade. This is why, in the summer of 2018, I decided to start creating handmade monthly letters that celebrate art and literature and how it matters for the Great Battle of Our Time, and mail them out all over the world. My aim in creating each month's letter is to produce a work of art that fills people with courage and creativity and to contribute to the revival of beautiful, meaningful, and unique hard-copy mail.

The letters are handwritten and painted by me and then carefully scanned and reprinted in my own home on heavy, archival quality, 100% cotton paper. I personalize them by hand for each recipient and mail them out monthly in an epic old-fashioned envelope with ink stamps and unique postage stamps. The letters are filled with watercolor paintings and sketches, field notes from nature or history or my travels, and illustrated poetry or quotes from my commonplace book. They are designed to be a well of stories and ideas that inspire others to take heart and remember their callings. Because the world is sometimes so dark and courage is what we chiefly need. This work is made possible through the continued support of regular subscribers all over the world. Join them today to get courage and creativity sent straight to your mailbox every month!

The inspiration for the name of this subscription comes from an essay J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about literary criticism of Beowulf. In his essay, Tolkien tells a little allegorical story about a man who built a tower on his property. His friends and neighbors thought the tower was a waste of valuable material, but they didn’t know that the man had built it in order to be able to see the sea. My hope is that these letters will offer a similar vantage-point as the tower in that story, that in the middle of our often dreary and monotonous lives, they will be a reminder of glory and unseen reality and a fleeting glimpse of “Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.” My introductory letter, included as a bonus with every first-time subscription, includes a full-color sea-tower illustration along with the full text of Tolkien's parable that serves as the inspiration for the Letters From The Sea Tower.

In addition to the letters, I also create literary fine art prints and occasionally offer small original paintings and travel sketches on my personal website at www.bryanajoy.com. You can subscribe to the Letters From The Sea Tower there too, and auto-renewing subscriptions (something Etsy doesn't yet offer) are available over there.

If you're interested in what I'm working on right now, I'd love to see you over on my instagram page, @_bryana_joy, where I post progress shots, share new pieces, and host frequent giveaways.

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  • Bryana J Beaird

    Owner, Maker

    I believe there is power in the fusion of language and art. And in a world that's increasingly digital and virtual, I believe in the value of the handmade. Also, I like Narnia, poetry, Tolkien, British humor, J. S. Bach, old books, & thunderstorms.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 3, 2019
Thanks for dropping by to check out my shop on Etsy. This is a place where I get to share my excitement for words and illustration and the startling effects of combining them. My shop features prints and cards created from my original artwork as well as one-of-a-kind hand-made pieces, such as my collection of laminated calligraphy bookmarks. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I want to do everything I can to ensure that your shopping experience is a pleasant one. If you have any issues, please contact me within two weeks of receiving the product and I will do my utmost to resolve the difficulty to your satisfaction. Please note that all shipping fees are nonrefundable.
Shipping
The Letters From The Sea Tower are typically shipped to current subscribers between the 10th and 20th of each month. If you place a letter order after the 20th, it will be shipped within one week of your purchase date.

Because the Letters From The Sea Tower are shipped as first-class mail using vintage postage stamps, I cannot track them once they are posted and I am not able to provide status updates. While I have found that the letters usually reach most locations within two or three weeks at the most, longer delays do occasionally occur. However, if your letter doesn't arrive within a standard time frame for your location, simply contact me and I will happily resend it to you.
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Please be advised that most of my items are handmade and as such may include minor imperfections and variations.

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