How it started

Brooklyn-based photographer and art director Julia Parris loves snail mail, and has been sending letters to friends around the world for as long as she can remember. In 2011 she started what would become known as the Handmade Valentine Exchange. At the time, Julia was making and sending valentines to a handful of friends around the globe, but the next year she invited the public to join and it doubled in size. Participation has grown to include over 2000 people from as far as Germany, Spain, France, UK, Russia, Australia, Costa Rica, India, Mexico and US.