From my talented sister, Cynthia:
“With the advent of the Internet and email…does anyone write letters anymore?
Prbly 0. 2 bsy txt-mssng in cde lng- abbreviations of words that only the young and precocious understand!
A long time ago, I bought a letter opener in an antique shop in Tokyo, carved in Alabaster, that impressed me for its simplicity and delicate shape. I do not remember where and how I lost the piece, perhaps somewhere between oceans and mountains!… I still remember its tactile warmth! Yes, objects are sometimes the nexus with our past, our memories, our lives… While I agree that one must not be too attached to material possessions, it is sometimes the most insignificant object that may evince in us a recollection, a smile, a tear…
In the 1990’s (last century…) I was “commissioned” to design and produce in Sterling Silver a couple of letter openers to be given as gifts at the international yearly exhibition “CASA DÉCOR.” I also advertised in the catalog/magazine, which is issued to complement the exhibition, and showcases and promotes the latest wares and designs of architects, interior designers and decorators… I recall working for hours and hours on the wax models until I achieved, what I thought then, was “perfection,” or as Archimedes said, “Eureka!”
On the Left, the cover of the magazine CASA DECOR, 1997. And a collection of letter openers…From L to R, or clockwise, “Torch,” designed for CD in 1997; “Cala Lily,” “Church Window,” “Bird,” designed for CD in 1997, and last but not least, “gun-handle…”
In a publicity note for their Christmas issue in 2001, VOGUE España showed another set of letter openers… and described it as… “Trabaja la plata como los antiguos orfebres a la que añade su estilo y diseño. A su larga trayectoria como joyera, la norteamericana Cynthia Dillon, afincada ahora en España, añade con esta coleccion de abrecartas, el broche final de sus piezas minimalistas…””