The joys of Paper



Those of you who are following the Crafts Council on Twitter may have linked through already to this short film ‘I dream in Paper’ starring Paloma Faith.

I adore paper as both a creative and practical form.  My idea of heaven is wandering around the top floor of Paperchase in Tottenham Court Road touching and marvelling at the different varieties and textures of paper on offer.  In fact, I think I should have dedicated my life to stationery and paper a long time ago.

And, amazingly, there’s a craft shop here in Tutbury that stocks lots of different kinds of textured and patterned paper.  I’ve already chosen one design for printing out some ‘special spring offers’ for my friend Rowena who’s a self-employed beautician.

I hope there will always be a place for paper and printing. And perhaps we’ll all go back to writing letters one day. Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer said this week in his ‘Are ugly fonts more memorable?‘ blog: ‘it takes a lot of work to decipher handwriting and maybe that’s why we remember handwriting notes a lot better than emails‘.


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