Thursday, 1 July 2010

Stationery Store Series


It is at the stationery store, site and catalogue of things necessary to writing, that we are introduced into the space of signs; it is in the stationery store that the hand encounters the instrument and the substance of the stroke, the trace, the line, the graphism; it is in the stationery store that the commerce of the sign begins, even before it is written.
It is with the words of Roland Barthes from his Empire of the Signs that Palimpsest introduces a new series of posts: The Stationery Store Series. Palimpsest shall track down stationery stores wherever they are and shall record them: their offerings - pens, pencils and inks - and their interiors. Palimpsest is especially interested in independent stores, those tucked away in alleyways and back streets. However, the big stationery players will also feature and of course those online stationery fiends.

Palimpsest appreciates the readers' help at this point and shall gracefully receive and publicise any gracefully written words and images pertaining to stationery stores of choice. Post as usual to blogpalimpsest at gmail dot com.

6 comments:

  1. I can't wait for this series to begin. I love stationery stores, and am very sad that there are so few good ones in the area where I live. I love the photos you have posted here; they have made me want to go out and buy myself some more pens and pencils!

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  2. Thank you, Heather. London has a few big stationery store chains but I would like to see more small independent shops. I'm tracking them down...

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  3. I look forward to the series

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  4. Heather, I'm jealous you have even a few stationery stores in your area. Unless I want to drive 90 minutes into L.A., Office Depot and Staples are all I have (and, let's face it, they don't really count . . . although the notebook selections have really improved at both of them).

    Can;t wait for more of this series.

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  5. Thanks guys, I'm looking forward to the series, too.

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  6. I own a small independent stationery & art shop in East Yorkshire www.funkystationeryandartstuff.co.uk

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