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Cary Schwarz is a saddlemaker from Salmon, Idaho with three pieces currently on exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for their Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 15th Annual Exhibition & Sale entitled “Cowboy Crossings” The exhibit is on display from October 11 – January 5, 2014.
One of the pieces Cary is exhibiting is this folio which features a cover hand-carved in a Morning Glory motif. Cary recalls how such vines in the row crops were bad news on his childhood family farm, but they work beautifully on this notebook. The set includes a Leland Hensley rawhide-braided pen and special Rhodia paper inside.
Cary’s work has been exhibited at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, Idaho, the “Gathering of” exhibit at Elko, Nevada’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the “Trappings of the West” in Flagstaff, Arizona, “Trappings of Texas” in Alpine, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame inaugural TCAA show in 1999.
There are always lots of goodies to be found within the French Clairefontaine Catalog and the good folks at Exaclair (The North American distributors of Clairefontaine, Rhodia, J. Herbin, etc.) have their work cut out for them when deciding which products to import from France. I find it almost painful to flip through page after page of what I refer to as “The Big Book” screaming like a young Veruca Salt “I want that! and that! and THAT! I want that and I want it NOW!”
*Ahem.* (Taking a moment to calm my composure.) So what do you think of these new Clairefontaine ‘Graf it’ Pads? Would you buy them?
Translated from the French Clairefontaine catalogue:
Graph It Dot Grid stapled pad is the perfect companion! Simple, modern & very practical. 80 sheets of white drawing 90gmm PEFC paper with pre-printed lilac light dots. The light geometric dot matrix is used as a skillful guide for your sketches, technical drawings or note taking. This subtle matrix will become almost invisible at scan, or on photocopy to reveal only your sketch.
160 pages / 80 sheets
90gsm / 41lb white paper
Available in A4 & A5
Do you keep a log to record your physical activities? How many miles you ran or biked, hours spent working out at the gym, new yoga poses learned… How does this help you? Does seeing it on paper keep you motivated?
Keep an Exercise Log to Record Your Daily Activity at Dummies.com
Why You Should Keep a Workout Journal at WeightWatchers.com
How to keep an Exercise Diary at Weightloss.com.au
On the fence about another digital app that says it will make your life easier but fails to deliver?
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should try Life Noted for free today and how we plan on making journaling and planning digitally as rewarding and fun as on paper.
- Life Noted had a unique Today View lets you see all of your notes, photos, videos and events for that day all on one screen.
- Syncs with iCal and all supported calendars. Paired with our note taking feature to create an all in one stop for jotting down ideas and planning out your days, weeks and months.
- Search all notes and events by keyword and never lose an important idea or appointment again.
- By merging calendaring, journaling, organizing, photo and video apps you can have everything in one place and stop juggling multiple apps.
- With our intuitive Month View you can plan ahead accurately and easily. Borders around dates for all day and multi-day events for quick identification. Special feature that allows you to highlight selected calendars to show up in the Month View in a shade of blue so you never forget an important upcoming event again.
Clean and easy to use Life Noted will make recording, retrieving and remembering simple again.
Try it today for free on the App Store.
Exaclair is now on Instagram! Follow us! #Hashtag us! #Rhodia #JHerbin #Clairefontaine, you know the drill. You can also follow @Exaclair on Twitter, visit the Rhodia Drive Facebook Page… Wherever you choose to interact with us, please be sure to share the love with your friends.
PS – Stephanie’s Anniversary Giveaway is Tomorrow!!!
A while back, Exaclair was contacted by the art coordinator for the new Michael J. Fox television show with a request to provide Rhodia products for potential use as hand props and set decoration.
In the show, Michael J. Fox returns to work as a broadcast journalist for WNBC. Tune in tonight at 9pm on NBC for a special one hour premier and to see if we can spot some Rhodia!
In November of 2008 I left my day job to pursue the life of a full-time creative. As this month marks the 5th Anniversary of my writing for Rhodia Drive, I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone that follows the blog and supports Rhodia by purchasing and using our products. An extra big THANK YOU to Karen Doherty, the VP of Marketing for Exaclair and one of the best people (ever!) to work with.
Stay tuned – in celebration of my anniversary, I’m going to give away a pile of Rhodiarama Webbies next week.
Stephanie Smith (aka: “Biffybeans”)
This past week, I had the great pleasure of attending a Visionary Painting Intensive at CoSM (Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors) in Wappingers Falls, New York with Alex and Allyson Grey. The week included numerous lectures and about 8 hours a day of studio time, (which took place in the Grey’s personal home studio) and while I almost always saw Alex with a sketchbook in hand or somewhere close by, this image depicts the first time I noticed him sketching with a fountain pen.
The pen is a Pelikan 150 (I forgot to ask about the nib width!) currently filled with Pelikan black ink. I say “currently” because Alex was not familiar with Herbin inks and I promised to send him a sample of the Perle Noire which made him very happy. (Good to know that even famous artists get excited at the prospect of trying new supplies!)
If you are interested in hearing more about my experience with the Grey’s, (I took close to 600 photos during the week!) follow me on Facebook at Stephanie Smith’s Mandala Art.
Did you know that the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image shown above, created in 1942 by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was not the most popular image of “Rosie” during World War II? The most popular Rosie image was created in 1943 by Norman Rockwell and was featured on the cover of the Memorial Day issue of The Saturday Evening Post: Continue Readering »
Kim King from the blog Consider the Lilies recently sent us this note and photo:
“Just got back from a month in Cuba, helping out with a series of eleven day-camps for children…fabulous experience. Each campamento ended with an excursion to the beach for the children and an older family member… Rhodia on the Caribbean!
Aside from the joy of writing on something that represents practical, reliable, utility mixed with pleasing funkiness (Orange all the way for me… grid, dot, rectangle or square), I also now appreciate that the quality of Rhodia’s paper is directly related to how well the paper stands up in extremely hot and humid environments… no wrinkly edges or soggy pages in these notebooks!
I also love flipping back through Rhodias and noticing what I used them for…I can only imagine my future smile when I flip back through this particular pad in the years to come and see the lists of vocabulary, the quick paintings with a pen of what I could see at a given moment, the jotted lists of necessary materials for a given craft, the careful spelling out of words for children. Each pad is a sort of running memory of an experience fully lived.”
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