There was lots of lettering to admire on my recent trip to Italy.
From menus written on the windows of restaurants to house names painted on brilliant white tiles, I was stopping every few steps to take pictures.
Then in Amalfi, I discovered a paper museum – or Museo della Carta!
Fortunately, my husband and children are used to me going into stationery shops to stroke things, so they allowed me some time to indulge.
I only made it as far as the shop (the beach was calling), but there was a lot of calligraphy paraphernalia, as well as hand-bound notebooks and of course, paper.
I recognised some of the beautiful Italian calligraphy sets as the ones I reviewed for The Pen Shop, but managed to resist the temptation to add to my collection.
I did, however, pick up some paper – a plain sheet and a sheet pressed with flower seeds – which miraculously didn’t get squashed on the journey home!
One of them will be used for a very special commission, so keep an eye on my social media channels for that one!
I developed a slight obsession with the mailboxes and colourful tiles outside the homes of Capri – but stopping to admire them was a welcome breather on the uphill climb from the marina to the centre of Capri town.
The pretty side streets were also the perfect spot to take a little photograph for World Calligraphy Day on August 16, even though my lettering was a bit of faux calligraphy as the only writing tools I had with me were the kids’ pens and pencils!
On our last day I stumbled across a Tipografia (printing works) and if my Italian was a little better I would have wandered in as the shopfront was very intriguing.
I’m not sure what they would have thought of an English woman staring at their letterpress with little explanation!