on mail art, disposability, and special occasions

(This is a short essay I wrote very quickly because I have capital-T Thoughts about mail that I wanted to share with you. I’m an academic and there’s no escape from essays, it seems!)

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Nanami Paper Seven Seas Standard: 13 Month Update

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IMG_8405I can’t believe it’s been thirteen months since I purchased and started using the Seven Seas Standard! (Not to mention about thirteen months since I last posted…) Thirteen months may not seem like a long time. In my opinion as a stationery lover, however, if you still feel amicable towards a notebook-type product after thirteen months, not a whole lot can rend that relationship apart. Maybe you also know of the despair that comes with your own stubbornness as you gnash your teeth and refuse to leave behind a journal you didn’t really like. You become very familiar with a product’s lovable traits and quirks and detestable flaws.

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nanami paper seven seas standard

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IMG_8082I was using a Rhodia “Webnotebook” , but as I began to near the end, I decided to look for a different journal. I liked the webnotebook, but I wanted something that was larger (A5-ish is my favorite size) and that had a lot of paper. I’ve had plenty of experience with Tomoe River paper, so I was hoping to find something that had an abundance of it inside. Tomoe River paper notebooks aren’t new at all (Jay at Paper for Fountain Pens makes hardcover styles, and I love his correspondence-sized pads) but I never really found something that fitted what I wanted until I found the Nanami Paper Seven Seas Standard.

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review: stipula splash

318IMG_8021I won a Goulet Pen Company Monday Matchup giveaway a few weeks ago, and received a Stipula Splash and a bottle of J. Herbin Stormy Grey. I was so surprised and excited when I found out I’d won–and I would like to thank the wonderful people over at the Goulet Pen Company for their generosity!

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review: j. herbin stormy grey

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IMG_8024Do I need a lead?

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review: lamy safari

318IMG_8025Way, way back in September, my friend got me a Lamy Safari. This is actually my first Lamy Safari: I’ve been in the fountain pen world for about three or four years! Incredible, I know.

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review: diamine evergreen

31888Sorry for how unrevealing this sample is, but I only had an extra-fine nib. But on to the review!

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organics studio aristotle

318 90Yet another Goulet Inkapalooza pick-up! I was pretty attracted to the color, so I thought: why not?

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review: sailor jentle tokiwa-matsu

31833This is the second of the two bottles of Sailor Jentle inks that I own! Here we go!

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review: sailor jentle yama-dori

31832Sailor Jentle Yama-dori is one of the newer inks released in the Sailor Jentle line after the past colors were discontinued. Unfortunately, a bunch of really popular colors are no longer being made (like Grenade: rest in peace), but I think the fountain pen community had high hopes for the new line.

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