J K Rowling wrote her Harry Potter series down on paper first, Quentin Tarantino favours a notebook and a fresh set of black and red felt-tips when plotting out his screenplays, and Steven King believes his fountain pen to be ‘the world’s finest word processor’.
The modern world may appear to be marching towards an era where pen and paper are obsolete, but it will never happen. Who doesn’t get a thrill from cracking open a fresh notebook? Or selecting a new pen in just the right colour?
According to the survey commissioned by National Stationery Week and conducted by YouGov, 94% of adults think that writing by hand is important and 97% think it is important for children to be taught to write.
Whether you are scribbling fleeting ‘to do’ lists or crafting artwork to cherish forever, we all share the basic human need to commit our thoughts and feelings down on a physical surface. And that’s what stationery week is all about.
National Stationery week celebrates all elements of our relationship with these tools we use to motivate, organise and express ourselves. Take a look at the website www.nationalstationeryweek.com for plenty of ideas to join in and get the whole family involved.
For instance, their ‘7 days of stationery’ campaign includes challenges to write a letter a day and take time out to write some heartfelt thank you cards. Join in on Twitter with the relevant hashtags. http://www.nationalstationeryweek.com/get-involved/seven-days-of-stationery/
Zebra at the London Stationery Show
Stationery week coincides with the London Stationery Show, to be held 25-26 April at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH. We’ll be there again this year, rubbing shoulders with fellow pen manufacturers and fine stationery purveyors.
Visit us at stand M601. We’d love to share our three distinct ranges that we launched last year with you. We have been working hard on developing each sector with products that target each distinct set of requirements:
- Classic; an established set of writing instruments designed to meet everyday functional use. Cost effective yet high quality and dependable, this selection includes our Z-grip pens; retractable ballpoints with comfort grips. Our smooth and flight options contain low viscosity super smooth ink to glide across the page.
- Funky; our unique range of pens and pencils with bags of personality. We’re adding some striking new arts and crafts products to our funky range that you’ll be able to preview at the show.
- Signature; our collection of high end writing instruments for the best possible writing experience and a satisfyingly high quality finish. In this range, we will demonstrate our Delguard mechanical pencil, which features snap free lead and classy clear tip, so you can see the mechanism in all its glory. It also has an eraser in the retractor button and is available In 3 barrel colours. There will also be a special promotion including a range of new colours available in our signature Sarasa gel ink range.
This year we are hoping to get a feel for what people want to get out of the arts and crafts industry so we will be bringing along a selection of beautiful calligraphy and brush pens from Japan for people to try out.
Come along and tell us what you think. We hope to see you there!