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Bratislava – 8: THE END as the begining with a beer . . . .

Drawn at the airport, whilst watching female airport staff who are clearly forced to wear the highest of high heels . . . if they don’t induce vertigo, they’re not high enough. As a consequence, all these young women clomp around with a peculiar gait, appearing to be riding an invisible space hopper.

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Quiver . . at the feel of leather

Xmas is good fun, but sometimes when all the excitement has died down particularly between Xmas & New Year, I sometimes feel at a bit of a loss. But yesterday was different not only was the sun shining but a parcel arrived from Bob Koch at Quiver. Both my wife and I are fond of leather… make what you will of that comment, but I’m actually talking about leather luggage. Once in a designer shop in Manchester, my wife was surprised by the Spanish owner, whilst she was admiring . . nay, stroking… a leather hand bag… he exclaimed; ‘Eet is like a pet, no?!’ So I’m very fond of leather goods, but occasionally the actual weight of the leather makes a bag heavy before you’ve put anything into it! I have a beautifully made Mulberry shoulder bag which will probably last into the 23rd century: however it is so heavy that I always need to check whether I’ve actually loaded it up with the requisite drawing & writing equipment before leaving base. I mention this, as I was surprised at how light the Quiver package was. However I was more than pleased when I saw the ‘Quiver’ products. They are well-made from a soft but I would reckon very durable leather.

Essentially the Quiver is a slim leather pouch designed, in this model, to hold two pens/pencils. The Quiver is attached to the cover of your notebook, using an elasticated strap. Shown here are the ‘Double pen’ Quivers, designed to fit on either the large Moleskine, as seen here with Faber-Castell Perfect pencil and Ambition fountain pen, making  a stylish and practical team if ever there was one.

The version for the pocket size Moleskine is open at both top and bottom to enable  you to carry longer implements!

Here even with a chunky Lamy Nexx fountain pen, there is still room for a lovely little A.G Spalding pencil. There is also a single pen version . . though personally I find it hard enough to limit myself to two implements at a time! Again this comes in two versions to suit large or pocket-size Moleskines, and all four models are available in black as well as classic brown.

The design is simplicity itself, and classic. Buy one and enjoy it.

When I opened the package, I realised that I was experiencing that same feeling I experienced when as a child I recieved a new satchel and wanted some excuse to walk around with it . . . . sad but true… and I’m sure many of you out there will understand what I mean…

Just a small  point: some of you, like myself, who vary our notebook size and format might be concerned that the Quiver design is created to fit the portrait format Moleskine notebooks… so what about the landscape  format watercolour notebooks? GOOD NEWS!!! The pocket size twin will fit on the large sized Watercolour version.

 

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Faber-Castell Pencil Roll

I’m beginning to enjoy black and white images with lots of shading: Robert Crumb was right! My roll contains 30 watercolour pencils . . . how did I end up with that precise number ??!! Also enjoying the Pigma Micron pens.

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Technolust . . . . . .

Many years ago, (1984) I wrote an article for a UK magazine called ‘Sound on Sound’ which was about music technology… samplers, synths, digital recording. I coined, (I think) the word TECHNOLUST… the craving for new technology (insert ‘synth’,’camera’, software’ as approriate) which will make the difference between being OK and being a step up…. even, great and succesful!

Now I still have a Mac (two, actually . . . ), a digital studio, a smartphone, several digital cameras, etc. etc.; so I’m not anti-technology, but I always have with me ‘pen & paper’  normally a Moleskine with …. well, there’s the rub… I’m still suffering from some sort of technolust. I have a sufficiently large collection of pens and pencils etc to fill a small medium-sized shop. It’s still technolust. Just a different type.

Sad…..

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New York Skyline ‘Skysketchers’