The National Stationery Show over in New York this week has been hair of the dog to my National Notebook Day hangover. And by far my favourite part of it all has been following the Stationery Story hashtag in the run up to the Show’s opening day.
Through Stationery Story the NSS honour ‘the people who are the heart and soul of the industry.’ These short pieces tell the stories of inspiring stationery addicts who’ve made their passion their business.
There’s a Stationery Story from all the people/brands you’d expect. This includes two of my current favourites: Katie Leamon and Ben Treanor. The stories have been released at the rate of two or three a month. Confession, I’ve just binge-read a whole bunch of them.
One of the most powerful is from Matt Nguyen founder of Jolly Awesome and now Paperboy London. Matt had little experience of the stationery industry when he first started out, but turned down an opportunity to join an existing publisher because he had total faith in his ‘hip hop animals’ illustrations. I think we can all see that his belief in himself and his work has paid off. It’s so inspiring.
The stationery addict’s dream
Like all stationery addicts I dream of owning my own bricks and mortar stationery shop. Unfortunately it would be nowhere near as hip as Present and Correct in Islington – go check them them out now! But there’d be lots of pretty available – especially in the notebook section. So more or less the whole shop then as notebooks are my particular ‘thing’. Reading the Stationery Stories makes me think that there’s a small chance that it might be possible. Around 36% of exhibitors are new to the NSS this year. Of course I’d be buying rather than exhibiting, but that still counts, right.
There’s a quote about a dream being a wish without a plan or something similar. And as a graduate of not one but two Kikki K journalling workshops, I know that in order to make my stationery shop dream happen, I must start by visualising it.
To that end, I’ll spend this weekend printing out pictures from Insta for my vision board. As you’ll see, I’ve already planned out roughly what it will look like. In the meantime, I’ve drafted my own Stationery Story using the prompts on the NSS website. Maybe next year, I’ll be a genuine part of the stationery industry and able to submit my story for real.