Looking Around London: Quill

▼  Quill: 37 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR

▼  Quill: 37 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR

Quill is a little gem straddling Clerkenwell and Islington, slightly set away from the main bustle of the nearby station but well worth seeking out if paper and calligraphy are your thing.

The shop is wonderfully curated in every detail, displaying perfect little collections of products by many international designers as well as personalised ones made in-house.

But nowadays Quill is more than just a stationery shop, as Lucy -the one behind it- also regularly hosts modern calligraphy workshops and event. In fact, she actually put on London’s first modern calligraphy workshop a few years back!

If you enjoy a clean and minimal aesthetic or wish to add a sophisticated touch to your office and stationery collection, Quill is where it's at.

It is also a great place to discover talented designers from overseas, especially the US and (more recently) Japan, that you wouldn't usually come by in other London-based shops.

I first visited Quill about a year ago for a book launch and got the chance to catch a glimpse of Lucy at work on her calligraphy and it was truly inspiring. Although I dabble in it already, I do have a calligraphy workshop to cross off my bucket list, and I think Quill will probably be where I'll go.


Have you ever been, or perhaps would you like to visit? I'd love to know! 😊

ƒ. xx

5 Questions With @MarionBCN - Letter Writer

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‘5 Questions With’ is a segment where I introduce you to some of brilliant individuals that not only inspire me with the beautiful images they share on Instagram, but also with their incredible passion for what they do: it will be a great opportunity to learn more about them and also to - hopefully - inspire you as well.


Today I’m asking 5 questions to Raquel, aka Marionbcn, a very creative letter writer.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Raquel and I am a 38 years olf girl from Barcelona, I have been living in Sweden since 2007. I am married to a swedish guy and we have a 9 years old female kitty named Juno. I work full time as a hotel receptionist and I am passionate about snailmailing, journaling, architecture, swimming, cafes, music and concerts, languages and cats.

On your IG you share lots of photos of your mail art and correspondence. How did you first get into it?

I started back in 1988 when I was 10. Back then the Internet didn't exist (a world without internet, crazy right??!!) and I met a couple of girls during my summer vacation on a camping in La Costa Brava, and we wanted to be in touch (no mobile phones either back then!), so we decieded to start exchanging letters, and that's how all started. Of course back then the letters were a lot more simple, I used to buy nice letter sets from the spanish brand Busquets at my local paperstore, later on, after many years, I started doing my own lettersets, my style has changed a lot during that nearly 30 years I have been penpalling.

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What do you love the most about snail mail?

I just love to meet other people, that is definitely the best part, to make real friends towards correspondence. I always define letter writing like 'Writting a diary, only that it's not for you to keep but to send to someone else'. I have met IRL lots of my penpals, and it's been a wonderful experiences. Finding your mailbox full of colorful letters is one of the most awesome feelings.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into mail art or letter writing?

If you like writing you should definitely try it! You get to meet a lot of lovely people, and at the same time you get to explore your creative side. I get often asked where to find penpals, well, nowadays there's a huge community of snail mailers on Instagram, so you can give it a try there under tags like :#snailmail #penpalwanted or #happymail for example.

Any IG account you’re most inspired by?

There's actually a lot! there's fantastic creative people out there, just to name some: @kirbyleung @seasaltedpaper @poppylovesred @the.bibliophile.angel @little_pink_sheep


If you ever need the motivation to get back into letter writing, Raquel's Instagram feed is the place to go for inspiration. She's always posting dozens of letters throughout the week and you're guaranteed to feel the urge of grabbing pen and paper and get cracking on writing those letters you were meant to reply to months ago.

A big thank you to Raquel for taking the time to answer my questions and for sharing with us her tips and tricks ♥

Make sure to check her Instagram account for more gorgeous photos of her mail art.

And if you fancy, you can read the previous 5QsWith Patrick aka Edelweiss Post.

ƒ. x

Stationery Spotlight: Usem Cards

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I'm sure all of us stationery heads are always on the look out for the latest, prettiest bits of stationery on the market... but what about more practical ones? I must admit I often go for looks rather than function, but I've recently come across a product I thought was a game-changer.

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These are called Usem cards; simply put, they are note cards the size of a credit card. Their maker thought there was a gap in the market for a product of that size. What if you just need to jot down a short message for someone and don’t have time to go out and buy a full size card? I mean, you could use a napkin, but as romantic as it is, it’s not the most practical solution, is it?

This is where Usem comes to the rescue as thanks to their size, they fit perfectly in your wallet, business card holder, and they’re just easy to carry in general. I don’t know about you but I love this idea.

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I have the bad habit of tearing pieces of paper from my agenda when I need to hand someone a note - which leads to having a pretty ugly looking bunch of pages with missing corners throughout my diary and journals.

I also think that as much as we rely so much on our phone and apps, sometimes jotting something down on a piece of paper is much better - regardless if it's a reminder for yourself or a note to someone else.

I'm already using my cards for a couple of things: I've put one in my card holder, purse and wallet with an "if lost" message with my contact information (which were previously scribbled on the back of an old receipt, ha!) and I also carry some in bag in case of necessity.


Have you ever been blown away by something so simple yet genius? I think Usem cards did it for me, but I'd love to hear about your discoveries, too. ☺️

ƒ. xx