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The National Stationery Show® held at the Javits Center in NYC, is the world’s most comprehensive collection of social stationery and related products for gift giving and self-expression. The show is open to retailers and wholesalers and if you are are going, be sure to stop by Booth # 2637 to check out a few new Clairefontaine and Rhodia products that we are thinking of importing. As always, we welcome and appreciate your feedback!
While at the show, we will be doing some live Tweeting and also sharing photos and Vine clips on our @Exaclair Twitter account. Karen Doherty (our VP of Marketing) will be at the show on Sunday, May 19 from 9-3 pm and Tuesday May 21st from 9-11:30am if you’d like to meet her, but please feel free to stop by the booth any time the show is open.
More good news: Pen World is publishing an article on Exaclair’s stationery. The edition should be distributed at the show.
The show hours are Sunday-Tuesday, 5/19-5/21 9:00am – 6:00pm and Wednesday, 5/22 9:00am – 12:00pm
Antique ink bottles such as this one belonging to Ryan Roossinck are simply beautiful. Take a look at the many different colors, styles and designs of vintage ink bottles at the various links below.
Two fun news items for Rhodia fans this morning.
For any of you traveling on American Airlines this month, please have a look at the article on designer Derek Lam on page 14 in American Way magazine. “A Rhodia notepad, for sketching and jotting down idea” is one of his travel essentials.
Our friends over at The European Paper Company let us know they are offering Rhodia gift sets with the popular No. 16 R by Rhodia pads and pad holders. A good gift for Moms, Dads, Grads and other special people.
Have you checked out our Rhodia Fan Photo pages lately? They are filled with user submitted photos in categories such as: In Your Bag, On Your Desk, On The Road, Favorite Pens, and Cover Doodles. We love sharing your pictures, so if you have one that fits into any of the above categories, send them to me: stephanie at RhodiaDrive dot com.
I’m thinking of starting a new page called “Rhodies” featuring pictures of YOU with your Rhodia. Like that idea? Send me a picture!
From our friend Lorna Mulligan: ENCRE ET CHOCOLAT is an exhibition of contemporary calligraphic work by Les Calmars of Montreal. This is their fifth exhibition together and features a theme close to every writer’s heart… the exchanges that happen around pots of ink and the sharing of chocolate! Lorna’s piece shown above, entitled Goûte le passé is an exploration of Proust’s text, using Herbin inks and gouache on paper.
Did someone say chocolate? Rhodiarama Webbie shown in Chocolate.
I discovered Tiffany Reisz, author of the widely popular erotica series, “The Original Sinners” extolling the virtues of Rhodia while searching for fans on Twitter. After a few tweets back and forth with Tiffany, (with a Rhodia literally sitting by her side ) she told me Continue Readering »
Saturday & Sunday, 16-17 March 2013 Visit the 2013 Long Island Pen Show
Located at Hofstra University – Student Center Multi-purpose Room, Rm. 101
Sponsored by the Long Island Pen Club, Luxury Brands, and Exaclair Inc.
- Repairs by Ron Zorn and nib work by Richard Binder.
- Ink sampling table from Luxury Brands, distributors of Noodler’s Ink
- Sample the smooth pleasure of writing on Rhodia paper and J. Herbin ink provided by Exaclair Inc.
- New This Year: Fountain Pen Hospital, Anderson Pens and Kenro Industries
- Dozens of collectors and dealers of vintage and modern writing instruments exhibiting, pens of all kinds
- Desk sets, ads, blotters, inwells and ephemera form the golden age of fountain pens
- Displays illustrating the history of writing and the story of the fountain pen.
- Demonstratons on how to use and maintain fountain pens.
- Functional writing instruments vintage & modern by Susan Wirth
- Free pen ppraisals at the Appraisal Booth
Daily Admission is $10.00 payable at the door. Visit http://www.lipenshow.com for more details.
As we continue to look for Rhodia specific accessories…
“This is a custom bag made by Renaissance Arts of Santa Fe, NM. The right hand side is a messenger style bag, and on the left is a folder that holds a Circa system with purple aluminum rings and Rhodia for Circa (Levenger) paper, along with six slots for 3 by 5 cards. The folder attaches to the back of the bag with brass fixtures and can be carried together with the shoulder strap.”
Image and description courtesy of Doug Cooper
Greg Minuskin offers nib retipping services to the pen collector, investor, or restorer. His years as a watchmaker for a prestigious watch brand in Beverly Hills along with his training at the Harvard equivalent of watch making schools, The WOSTEP School in Neuchatel, Switzerland, have honed his intricate skills to branch off into other areas of craftsmanship.
Living on the east coast and a 90 minute drive from the ocean, I don’t claim to know anything about surf culture except what I’ve seen on TV and in the movies. One film in particular that piqued my interest was the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys. Continue Readering »
I’m sure each of us has at one time or another has found a lost note. My usual finds are either grocery lists or to-do lists but the folks at Found magazine seem to find all of the good stuff. The notes they publish on their blog and in their magazine are amusing, sad, and sometimes deeply disturbing. They publish found love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles– anything that offers a glimpse into someone else’s life.
Have you ever found any interesting notes?
Our pen of the week is the TWSBI Diamond Mini- a piston filler type fountain pen that comes in EF, F, M, B, stub1.1, stub1.5 nib sizes and retails for around $55. TWSBI is a company whose mission is to inspire and recapture the romanticism of art and literature… starting with the pen.
Check out the following reviews to learn more about the Diamond Mini: Continue Readering »
Brian Sizemore is the man behind Vintage Flex, a site dedicated to the art of penmanship, the fountain pens and inks ready-to-hand, and the writers who use them. Brian aims to provide high-quality vintage fountain pens with a special emphasis on vintage flexible nibs. (Per Wiki: “Flex or flexible nibs are fountain pen nibs which produce a line which varies in width with the pressure used. A very flexible nib can produce a width variation of about six times.”)
From Brian: ”This art adds a certain character to writing which is lost in the (post)modern age of tablet computation, texting, tweeting, typing, and any other form of digital communication. Something important inherent within communication has been forgotten over time, something borne from patience and possibility. Those of us who know, something special occurs when one puts pen to paper, and we can be invited back into this phenomenon when using a vintage flexible fountain pen.”
You can also find Vintage Flex On Facebook
Watch the videos below to see Brian demonstrate the capabilities of several vintage flexible nibbed pens. Continue Readering »
I just love looking at other people’s tools because it helps me to discover better ones for my own personal use. It was via Flickr’s “What’s in your bag” photo group that I initially discovered the Lamy Safari. The rest as they say, is history. The images in this post are courtesy of Tony Thomas.
07/12 Here is some of what I carry everyday. My usual carry platform is a Maxpedition Jumbo LEO Tactical sling bag. Continue Readering »
This is a Delta Scrigno- Italian for “treasure chest”
Scrigno is an innovative collection of writing instruments offering a tiny coffer inside the cap which is capable of safeguarding one’s most intimate secrets. Simply unscrew (counterclockwise) the top of the cap to uncover the inner container made of food safe steel. Use of this space is left to your imagination. Continue Readering »