— March 15, 2013 —
We unveil our favourite post on AnOther Loves, and interview its contributor
Eraser Pick & Mix These days we tend to rely on the typed word far more than the written. Why spend hours scrawling in longhand when we can touchtype notes in a matter of minutes? Who needs a notebook when you have an iPad? And, surely, no one’s handwriting is quite as pretty and legible as the Georgia font? So far, so practical. But as technology dominates, and no meeting is complete without at least four people frenziedly typing on their laptops, on AnOther Loves there has been a mini backlash, with this gorgeously nostalgic Pick & Mix of Erasers winning the vote for artist and AnOther contributor Tamsin Weir.
"Remember the halcyon days of the 90s when stationery was less about writing notes than an expression of personality?"
Remember the halcyon days of the 90s when stationery was less about writing notes than an expression of personality? Pens were multi-coloured, scented, topped with extravagantly coiffed trolls; pencil cases pledged allegiance to a favourite boy band; watches were calculators; sticker covered binders were personal manifestos. In Clueless, Cher falls for slick Christian after he picks up her fluffy Biro – in short, stationery played a role akin to the leather jackets of the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds. And today, it's making a comeback, with shops like Present & Correct and Choosing Keeping bringing back creativity and flamboyancy, both to the written word and the ways we erase it. So, to celebrate this, we ask Weir what drew her to this piece of stationery nostalgia and to name the pen she can't live without.
Why did you choose to love these rubbers?
I loved the nostalgic simplicity of their design, matched with the geometric arrangement.
Where would you use them - for work efficiency or home creative projects?
Rubbers are a necessity when working in charcoal. They’re also great for removing Blu Tack from walls.
Do you like to live in a world of stationery organisation or chaos?
I like to think I live in a world of stationery organization, but I always seem to lose my pen.
Biro, pencil, fine liner, crayon or fountain pen? And why? And do you have a favourite brand of your choice?
Edding 55 fine liner, sharp and slick.
Handwritten or typed?
Handwritten, especially when writing lists.
What was the last thing you bought?
A pair of polka dot trousers.
What are you looking forward to about April?
The clocks changing, Spring and David Bowie.