It is a huge pleasure for us to invit you to our first trip around the world to meet women and one of their passions: pens, inks and writing of course !
So let’s fly today to………… the country of Abba and Eagle-Eye Cherry as well as..Viking metal!…a movie: Millénium…a man: Alfred Nobel…yes we are over there
Uppsala? Behind that name is a very old with a great history and one the most famous building there is the oldest university from Scandinavia, that’s probably why Angstrom, the famous physician, lived there.
Uppsala and… Petra.
Petra is a woman who runs a very nice and interesting blog in english, called Lady Dandelion about pens, inks and other things that she loves.
It is not just a question of pens and inks but also a question of personnality,that’s the reason why in her links you can also find links to Amnesty International and Medecins sans frontières.
One of last article about Woodlands is very nice.
So Petra answered yes when a strange french man asked her to answer to an interview about one of her passions and here are her answers.
Merci beaucoup for your gentillesse
What’s your first name, where are you from and what’s your occupation?
I’m Petra. I’m Swedish – born and raised in Stockholm . I now live in Uppsala, 70 km north of Stockholm and I’m just about to finish my studies.
If ones tells you the word “writing”, of what do you think?
Sitting at a café at a window table. Drinking coffee, watching people, writing. Also being up late. Writing in the nights peace and quiet. The tactile feeling when putting a nice pen to a nice paper.
Do you have any ritual before or while writing?
No ritual as such, butI like to think about which pens I want to use and prepare some coffee and a glass of water to accompany me.
What is you most beautiful memory of writing?
My grandmother’s letters and cards to me. They make me feel near her even if she is gone.
What have you found to be the perfect pen/nib, paper and ink combination for most of your writing?
It depends on the character of writing. Right now I often use these combinations:
For flexy letters and journalling:
Sheaffer with an EF/F flexy nib and Herbin 1670 or Rohrer & Klingner Salix or Scabiosa.
Montblanc 144 vintage, with a Broad Oblique and Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa.
Sheaffer Snorkel with an EF/F and Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa or Salix.
Pilot Vanishing Point with Pilot Blue.
I also love my Lamy Safaris with 1.1 mm italics for all kinds of writing.
The best all round paper so far is Rhodia pads and the best journal so far is Quo Vadis Habana. Smooth and very fountain pen friendly paper.
Did you help children to learn how to write and, if yes, what did you feel?
Not directly. But I have an 8-year-old Godson who loves to write and who gets very happy to get writing equipment. I recently gave him a few Pilot Pluminix pens and he instantly took a liking to them.
Again, i would like to thank her for her kindness and do not hesitate to visit her brillant blog: Lady Dandelion