All Rhodia’s Lead to Rome | The transformation of the Webbie

Rhodia’s Webnotebook has responded to customer suggestions and desires over the years to give the consumer what they need and want.  What changes have resulted?

Brian Goulet at the Goulet Pen Company has detailed the changes of Rhodia’s Webbie.  Click here to read about the evolution of the Webnotebook.

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Article: Bruce Chatwin’s unpublished letters

Bruce Chatwin’s unpublished letters

Bruce Chatwin’s unpublished letters

19 November 2010

Three days filled with stories, images, readings, encounters, exhibitions, film projections on the theme of travels. On its ninth year, the “Chatwin Prize – walking around the world” returns to commemorate Bruce Chatwin, the English novelist and travel writer who has become a symbol for those who see the voyage as a means of exploration and discovery. Created to promote and encourage cultural exchange among people of different countries, to make social initiatives and to support human projects, the festival includes a competition which award the best video, the best fiction and the best photography travel reportages.

Since its first edition, Moleskine has created a customized notebook with a silkscreened cover, featuring an anthology of the works of winning writers from the different sections of the competition, and a selection of stories among those of other participants.

This year’s special program includes the reading of some unpublished and very private letters of Bruce Chatwin written from 1948 to 1989 range from those sent from school to his parents, to those dictated on his deathbed. Those are an Italian preview of “Under the sun” a book edited by his wife Elizabeth Chatwin and the author of his biography Nicholas Shakespeare. 


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Article: How to tell a Webbie 1.0 or 2.0 from a 3.0

How to tell a Webbie 1.0 or 2.0 from a 3.0

If you weren’t aware, the famed Rhodia Webnotebook (the “Webbie”) has gone through a few transformations over the years – in part to our fans giving us feedback and suggesting ways to make subtle improvements upon the design. Our friend Brian Goulet at the Goulet Pen Company recently wrote a detailed post on the history of the Webbie on his informative blog, Ink NouveauClick here to read Brian’s post about the Webnotebooks.

Posted on November 19th, 2010 by Stephanie
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Rhodia Drive attracts creative people passionate about their Rhodia. Designers and artists, writers and pen collectors, thinkers and free spirits—anyone who loves notebooks—come together on Rhodia Drive.

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Article: Collage Art Every Day

Collage Art Every Day

Collage Art Every Day

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Article: Notebooks in Istanbul

Notebooks in Istanbul

Not long ago, I traveled to Istanbul for a vacation. I was of course excited to see what kinds of notebooks I might find there! The only Turkish brand of notebooks I’d ever heard of was Arwey, but oddly enough, I didn’t spot a single Arwey notebook on my trip. I did see some other interesting things, though!

These were the first interesting notebooks I saw for sale, from a street vendor near the main touristy area around the Aya Sofya. They seemed to be handmade, with cloth covers.


Near the Grand Bazaar, there is an alley called Sahaflar Carsisi that is full of book and print dealers. There were also a few notebooks for sale there:

These were pretty cheap, as 4TL is only about $3.00, but the notebooks didn’t look all that great in terms of quality. I liked the marbled covers, though.


There were a couple other dealers who had huge stacks of spiral bound notebooks:

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Article: The Sketchbook Project 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2011

The Sketchbook Project: 2011 is a en event where thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the U.S.A. and where each artist is sent the same blank Moleskine sketchbook.

After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view. 28592 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating. The tour starts February, 2011.

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Article: Transit Issue Nomad Journal

Transit Issue Nomad Journal

November 10, 2010

Transit Issue Nomad Journal

Apolis Global Citizen Transit Issue Nomad Journal – Waterproof pages in a notebook for the traveler and perennial outdoor note-taker. Looks sleek and serviceable. Anybody tried these yet?


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