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May. 22nd, 2010 | 06:21 pm

I'm not under any illusion that this is anything more than an utterly fetishistic purchase, even by my standards. I went into an art supplies shop on Shoreditch High Street earlier and saw that they were selling a set of notebooks in different colours and with different paper at a discount price. (Note to anyone liking the sound of these: there were half a dozen packs left, at £7.50 I think.)

They had individual notebooks in the set for people to paw at, which I did; each of them has a name, and is made with an individual type of paper with an individual weight and feel.

Bouquet 3

My impressionistic notes of the feeling of them are as follows, with what I assume is the type of paper (written on the back) in parentheses:
Vellutata: very smooth and clear. (Splendorgel 100gr.)
Pargamenata: slightly rougher, more organic, but still relatively smooth. (Pergamenata Bianca 90 gr.)
Goffrata: horizontally ridged paper, with the ridges about 1.5mm apart. (Constellation Snow Arpa 90gr.)
Vergata: feels very smooth though not as clear as Vellutata; the paper itself is creamier with very faint vertical striping and five horizontal lighter (thinner) bars. (Grifo Vergata Avorio 85gr.)
Ecologica: paper has random dark speckles, as with recycled paper; still very smooth. (Woodstock Betulla 80gr.)
Naturale: smooth, but faintly dimpled. (Palatina 85gr.)
Marcata: more extensive marking/dimpling - not overwhelming but many individually small irregularities, like a cloth. (Rusticus Bianca 95gr.)
I'm not sure I would even want to spoil them by writing on them.

I think "stationery porn" would be rather a crude term for this sort of thing; "stationerotica" perhaps.

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from: anonymous
date: May. 22nd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)


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from: annie_r
date: May. 23rd, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)

Gorgeous. I love buying notebooks, but am afraid to write in them, and scrawl things on post-it notes and envelopes instead.

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Her geekiness knows no bounds

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from: vloky
date: May. 23rd, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)

those are really pretty.

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Ragged Robin

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from: raggedrobin
date: May. 23rd, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)

My mom got me these for Christmas, and I have to agree with you - I can't bear to write in them! I'm a stationery-aholic, though, so collecting paper is an addiction. :)

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from: soho_iced
date: May. 24th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)

Maybe it's an Italian thing: I seem to remember seeing a particular type of deeply self indulgent stationery shop in all of the (not that many) towns I've been to there.

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