Archive for Interesting
Rhodia Drive reader Tony Thomas recently brought these beautiful pens to my attention. Dale Parrott creates handcrafted exotic wood pens & touch screen styluses and sells them in his Etsy shop: Wood Turning City.
Description on this pen: “This pen was handcrafted in my shop and not made from a kit. The wood I used is Red Heart (Chakte Kok) with a lacquer finish. The Bic refill this pen uses is easy to replace and available at most office supply stores. This is a large pen with a diameter of a bit over 1/2″ and almost 6″ long. Comes with Black ink.”
“Since grade school I have always enjoyed making things out of wood. Fast forward 45 years and now I have the time to once again dabble and become more proficient at my hobby.”
This image from Aaron Delcourt of a Blackwing 602 pencil is my choice for best pencil picture to date!
“I use my Blackwings for writing my manuscripts. I write all of my manuscripts on standard sized index cards in pencil (Blackwings, 602′s, and Dixon Ticonderogas). In fact, I’ve just finished my first full length novel using this index format. It’s preferable because I can write the material out of order, which allows me to more actively control the flow of the story and themes. I’m currently working on a typed rewrite which I’m hoping to publish soon. The pencil in the photo was sharpened with a box cutter towards the end, and believe it or not I actually used it until it was unsharpenable. This is the back side of one of my index cards. I do this whenever I can’t remember how to spell a word.”
Rhodia fan Thea P. was the first person to submit an image for our “In Your Bag” photo page that showed a Rhodia product that wasn’t one of our signature orange or black colors.
Per Thea, “I love peacocks and the color purple; and I never go anywhere without my customized Timbuk2 bag, my purple Rhodiarama, and a purple Slicci pen. I don’t know…having beautiful things just makes day-to-day life more pleasant.”
As a purple girl myself, I hear you Thea!
To submit your own “In Your Bag” image, please include “Rhodia in My Bag” in the subject line and send to: stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com
It is now time that your favorite pencils got a Rhodia Fan photo page of their very own! Favorite Pen has been our most popular photo page for pretty much forever, (followed 2nd by In Your Bag) and I think it’s time we gave the pen people a run for their money. All you have to do is send me a photo of your favorite pencil – any brand of wood, mechanical, etc., via e-mail with the subject line “My Favorite Pencil” to stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com to be included in our new gallery.
My favorite pencil? I’m still trying to figure that out but I am definitely a fan of the Palomino’s and the Hi-Uni!
A special 3 month promotion which started July 11th has a variety of pocket sized Rhodia products (Unlimited, “R” and Rhodiarama Webbies) available in 31 WHSmith locations throughout the UK. (WHSmith is the UK equivalent of Hudson News.)
Edinburgh Airport Airside 1
Manchester Airport T1 IDL
Heathrow T3 Main IDL
Belfast International Airside Main
Stansted Airport Airside
Victoria Island – Ground
Dublin Airport IDL
Manchester Airport T2 Airside Main
Heathrow T4 Airside NE Central
Newcastle Air Airside
QE Hospital Birmingham Main Store
St Thomas Hospital
Glasgow Airport Airside Main
Liverpool Air Airside
Heathrow T5 C
Liverpool Street Broadgate
Manchester Airport T1 Term 3 Airside
Reading Rail Main
Birmingham Air T2 Airside
Luton Airport Airside CTN
Manchester Airport T1 Airside 1
Manchester Airport T2 Airside 1
North Middlesex Hospital Main Store
Rhodia Classic Pad Showcase
Notepads and fountain pens
Large Gfeller Rhodia cover
Pilot Fountain Pen Manufacturing (Click CC button for English captions)
Namiki Pens – How A $9000 Fountain Pen is Made
We have a Rhodia Fan Photo page entitled “On The Road” that is in desperate need of some love. I receive loads of “Favorite Pen” and “In Your Bag” photos but hardly any for “On The Road”. Can you help fix this? Send me a photo (to: stephanie at rhodiadrive dot com) of your favorite Rhodia somewhere interesting or exotic- like Kim’s image above from when she was in Jakarta, Indonesia.You are welcome to be in the photo as well, we’d love to see you!
It is such a treat to see Gentian Osman’s art and calligraphy and we always appreciate her using our dotPads and Herbin inks in her creations.
You should look at her pictures on Flickr, then check out her blog Drawing with a Squirrel. After that, read this brief artist highlight about her at JetPens and if you want, you can also check out her Pins on Pinterest.
Image courtesy of Gentian Osman – gentian_o on Instagram
In this month’s edition of Oprah magazine, swimwear designer Malia Mills lists small sketch pads as an essential tool to the trade and specifically mentions the Rhodia pad she picked up while in Paris. Dear Malia: Rhodia is available at shops like Art Brown and Fountain Pen Hospital not far from your NYC studio.
“you’re right and I’m wrong Forgive Me ?? Bell-An Tablets.” This being the inscription my friend Hannah discovered inside this early 20th century book written by a Professor George W. Conklin of Hamilton University.
Professor Conklin wrote a number of interesting books around the turn of the century including such titles as:
- Conklin’s Vest-Pocket Argument Settler Continue Readering »
59-year-old Andrew Silton spent 30 years working in asset management, picking stocks and managing an investment strategy for a state pension system. That’s pretty stressful work. Mr. Silton has doodled through many of his meetings, filling at least 75 spiral bound notebooks with 600 drawings.
“I look at the eyes in some of my pictures and they look frightened and troubled,” said Mr. Silton. Looking back on his career, he realized that doodling was a form of solace in meetings. Doodling is often considered a by-product of boredom, but research shows that doodling can help the doodler retain information.
Mr. Silton’s doodles give him instant recall of who was in the room and what they were talking about, even though he avoided drawing anything with even a slight resemblance to someone there. “If I realized that a drawing started to resemble someone in a meeting, I’d quickly put long hair or sunglasses on him or turn him into a fish or something.”
Do you doodle? Does it help you focus or relax? What do your doodles look like?
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!