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Introducing Noelle Smith

Introducing Noelle Smith

After seeing Noelle Smith’s work on Instagram, we wanted to share some of her work with you and get to know a little more about the artist herself. We asked Noelle a few questions about her work and the inspiration behind the beautiful pieces she creates

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Artist Focus - Sandro Bonomo

Artist Focus - Sandro Bonomo

What a busy few months have been for us. When we're not flying from Germany or America, we're in London at the Stationery Show.

It’s a dream for us to visit the show, we might be experts in calligraphy but first-and-foremost we’re stationery addicts!

But, during our down time, we grabbed some time with Sandro Bonomo, who has been at Fabriano Boutique across Italy for us in the last few weeks. We wanted to know how he finds his inspiration, where it all began and what he’s got planned for the future!

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An ode to the Ballpoint pen

An ode to the Ballpoint pen

Much maligned but always loved, the ballpoint pen has been a staple of office pen pots and creatives drawing tables for generation after generation.

Chewed caps from the turning of cogs and the endless drumming of nibs on tables in back-to-back boardroom bore-fests haven’t stopped our devotion to this singular stationery wonder.

That’s why Ballpoint Pen Day seems the perfect time to celebrate our oft forgotten friend.

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Inktober illustrations with Alexandra MacVean

Inktober illustrations with Alexandra MacVean

Alexandra H. MacVean is a freelance illustrator based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She's a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)Women's National Book Association, and the United States Board on Books for Young People. She's also a three-time Barnes & Noble Artist of the Month and her designs and illustrated children’s books can be found at various bookstores, coffee shops, and online children's magazines, both nationally and internationally - and more!

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World Calligraphy Day Success

World Calligraphy Day Success

August 16th celebrated Manuscript's first World Calligraphy Day! The event has been a tremendous success which saw over 200 visitors arriving at the Pen Museum to take part. Taking a look at Twitter and Instagram alone, you can see over 1800 posts dedicated to the celebrations. On Twitter, #WorldCalligraphyDay even made no.6 in the top trending tweets of the day!

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Explore Learning: Children's Writing

Explore Learning: Children's Writing

With new stationery shops aimed at children opening every day, we know that this technology savvy generation still love getting a new pencil case stuffed with pens, pencils and novelty shaped erasers. At Explore Learning tuition centres, children can earn rewards and there is always a flurry of excitement when the prize cabinet is restocked with smelly pens or animal rubbers!

So why not use World Calligraphy Day as an opportunity to harness your child’s love of stationery and get them practising their writing?

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The Penman David Grimes

The Penman David Grimes

After a first contact regarding the Callicreative App we have had the chance to get to know David Grimes, talented ‘Penman’ from Portland, Oregon. Read about how he has found his passion and his space in penmanship (and on social media). Lots of tips for all the budding calligraphers and artists out there. Enjoy.

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