Who doesn’t like a good notebook to write on? In the era of typing and touching, a well-designed paper-full non-gadget is just what it takes to get started with a pen. But we’re tired of mass brands, and Chumbak has become too popular. Not to forget the ‘handmade eco-friendly oh-come-fall-over-yourself-saving-nature’ notebooks that are rough to write on and often come apart when exposed to the real world. So, continuing with our series on objects worth desiring and collecting, this one is our ode to notebooks created by independent artists. Mind you, we’ve scoured some real gems.
Khwaab Tanha Collective
Starting with Khwaab Tanha Collective. At the Jashn-e-Rekhtaa festival held earlier this year, this had the busiest stall and it was full of gorgeous artwork on postcards, bags, t-shirts and yes, notebooks. Shiraz Husain, the 30-year-old artist behind all the Urdu poetics, says, “Without boring people I wanted to celebrate and share our literary icons like never before. Isn’t it amazing to have Ghalib, Manto and Pash notebooks in your hands to inspire your imagination?” We agree. And so will you, when you see what’s on sale.
Not all start-ups start or end well, but if we had to pick one that is actually doing its bit for the seller and the buyer alike, then Cupick is it. This Bangalore-based (of course) startup brings you artworks directly from the artists and we promise you’ll end up spending hours browsing their collection before you’re through placing the order!
Created by two enterprising students of NIT Suratkal, MyCopie offers series of notebooks on sale exclusively on their FB page. Currently based out of Chennai, they do sometimes stand out as distinctly South Indian, but then these graphic designers are doing a pretty decent job at it. Besides office stationary, they also organise calligraphy workshops.
We came across their notebooks in Hyderabad a few years ago and fell in love with the minimalistic designs, especially a notebook with a ruler incorporated in it. It’s no more active, but after some snooping around we managed to contact the artist and illustrator Mahjabeen Ahmedi who had done the designs. She’s still up for recreating those lovely pocket notebooks and new customised ones. Contact her here.
On SplooshDesign’s website FAQs, this is what we read, “I’m just a girl, you know? Passionate about stationery, interiors, science and all things fandom. I design in my spare time. It started out with just me, but now I have a list of people called the Fine Faction of Fabulous Freelancers with all sorts of artistic talents and styles, on-call and ready to create anything that a client may need.” And that says it. This is what they have on sale.
Limited but worthwhile designs available on an online shopping portal, this somewhat sums up Nazarbattu. Not much is known about the folks behind the scene, but here are the notebooks you might want to get started with.
Image Credit: Khwaab Tanha Collective