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Monday, June 29, 2015

Scriptum amo

You may not have known that I have an obsession with all things stationery, from pens to books to papers and so on. On a recent holiday I could indulge my passion in an amazing shop called 'Scriptum'. It is a British concept originally (http://www.scriptum.co.uk/), but it's slowly expanding to other countries, and I was lucky enough to find one in Florence.
I LOVED! this shop! One could go nutso in here, given enough cash, and I did indulge somewhat....
I really like the Paperblank books, and I had this little one with the Mucha girl, which I used as my travel diary. The top one was another purchase, used as a sketch book. I did do one drawing, but didn't find time yet to do more.
The 'Fiorenza' book is handmade, bound in leather, with beautiful, thick pages that could be used for watercolour.
Lastly, the purple one I found in a shop in Kusadas, Turkey. Again, it is hand made and contains pages of vellum.
Other things I found at Scriptum were lovely wrapping papers, which I'm sure I'll find a use for in my art journaling. They also had a quirky set of
bookmarks, showing cats in the costumes of the figures of the Commedia dell'arte, a medieval theatre style originating in Italy. Don't know yet what I'll do with these, but they're cute.
And I found this wonderful calligraphy set in Venice. It's fully functional, with ink, but I think I'll tuck it away until I have a nice spot for it in my studio.