For the Love of Paper
December 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
The immediacy of email appeals to either the very busy or the very lazy facet that dwells in all of us when we’re traveling, but there is an elegance to the physically written word that often goes amiss in online correspondence. To receive a letter is so much more evocative when read in the scrawl from the hand of someone close. You can take the time to notice the weight and scent of it, and pull them out again when you need something familiar.
As a writer, my best ideas come when I’m traveling and as an illustrator and aesthete I want my favoured instruments to be well crafted and a little bit opulent. I discovered A. G. Spalding & Bros stationery when I was in Japan and I blame their beautiful binders for making me violate my luggage allowance. I’m fortunate I did not spy any of their pens (far left) or I would have thoroughly violated my bank account as well. A little on the luxurious side, for an impeccable writing instrument and classic accessory the Ecridor Type 55 fountain pen by Caran d’Ache (pictured centre) is a winning option. Inspired by the 1967 Mustang, the Type 55 is an example of refined allure colliding with function to offer a timeless accessory.
Keep your inky treasures company with the Italian leather calfskin journals by Epica (pictured bottom left) that are sturdy and handsome, filled with handmade Amalfi pages. This makes them suitable for ink, pencils and charcoal alike. The journals are available with lined or blank pages, or purchase the binder alone and fill with your favourite paper. Embellish your letters and journal entries with jewel coloured inks from Caran d’Ache (pictured top right) for resplendent descriptions and illustrations. What better souvenir exists than your own art?