Although the history of literature is lengthy and intricate, its medium for expression has been quite linear. First there was papyrus, then vellum, and eventually paper. Vellum was used for a very long time because of its durability and reusability and was nothing more than prepared animal skin, akin to leather as we know it today. Have you seen those beautiful and ancient looking manuscripts at the library and wondered how they lasted so long? Yep, they were made with vellum.
Thankfully the creation of books has shifted to a more humane method, but the word vellum still engenders in me visions of ancient books full of knowledge, of libraries and coffee, of quiet, meditative moments next to a fireplace with the very best that literature has to offer.
Some of the boxes I know and adore celebrate literature through books; but I decided to take a slightly different approach and portray to the world our passion for literature through clothing, which is, if you think about it for a bit, our second skin. Second skin, get it? Vellum. Skin. Clothes. It just clicked, didn’t it? So go ahead and proclaim through your fashion choices those very things that have made you knowledgeable, that give you license to dream and wonder, that flood you with giddiness and yearning: reading, coffee, libraries, books, and literature writ large!