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THE FACTORY + ALABAMA CHANIN 34/52 | 2020

Ruth Asawa Postage Stamp Book. Showcasing Asawa’s wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, featuring photographs by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo.”, 2020 by U.S. Postal Service. 


“I love the rebelliousness of snail mail, and I love anything that can arrive with a postage stamp. There’s something about that person’s breath and hands on the letter.” ― Diane Lane 

As we have all spent the better part of 2020 socially distanced, the idea of a letter, a postcard, or a greeting card—a tangible human connection, far removed from the impersonality of an email or text—is exciting as well as comforting. For us here in the US, the United States Postal Service makes the delivery of these precious communications possible. This week we take a deeper look into the USPS, postage stamps (including a few of our new favorites), and invite you to reach out to friends and loved ones with this old-fashioned, but newly important, personal connection. 

“The Tumultuous History of the U.S. Postal Service—and Its Constant Fight for Survival” 

“Postal People” from the USPS 

Smithsonian National Postal Museum 

“Stamps, What an Idea!” 

American Philatelic Society 

“The 10 Most Valuable U.S. Stamps” 

2020 Ruth Asawa Stamps (Purchase your set from the USPS here and learn more about her here in our #ThoseWhoInspireUs series.) 

Fruits and Vegetable Stamps (Purchase your set form the USPS here and learn how to make the perfect tomato sandwich here.) 

“How the New USPS Hip-Hop Stamps Came About” (Purchase your set from the USPS here.) 

How to Submit Artwork for Stamp Designs 

In Alabama: Alabama Statehood Stamp 

@Alabama Chanin 

We’ve partnered with Birmingham-based shop, basic.—who, like Alabama Chanin, is committed to slow fashion and social responsibility—to create a limited-edition t-shirt inspired by the activism of Rosa Parks. 100% of the profits from this piece will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative to support their work of challenging prevailing narratives about race in America through extensive research, documentation, and educational efforts. Read more about Rosa Parks here and find the tee here.  

@The School of Making 

Inspired by the Year of Color and the arrival of our latest patterned fabric, Abstract Peacock, we’ve created two projects for making: the T-Shirt Top Bundle and are reintroducing the Swing Skirt Bundle in new color options. Create your own adventure and choose from a variety of techniques like Reverse Appliqué or Negative Reverse Appliqué.  

And use the fabrics as a roadmap for your work and share your projects with us on Instagram by using the hashtags #theschoolofmaking and #TSOM20in20 for a chance to be featured.  

@The Factory 

Due to COVID-19, The Factory is open by appointment only. Guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their appointments and we have masks available if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm.  

Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with our sales team.  

Catherine Counts 
+1.256.760.1090 x 114 
shop@alabamachanin.com 

Carlisle Sandy 
+1.256.760.1090 x 105 
sales@alabamachanin.com 

Contact us to learn more about local same-day delivery on select pieces, or with any other questions. 

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