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April 05, 2017

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THE VIRTUE OF HANDWRITING

Always admiring neat and beautiful writing of others? In fact we all may learn how to do it. The principles and rules of producing nice handwriting are not rocket science, the mind will understand the principles and it takes practice to have the hand follow through.

Honestly, magic will not happen overnight though.

Clear your desk and put away your phone for 30 minutes a day. Practice with intention. Use your mind to control where the pen goes. Muscle memory is being built gradually and you will see improvement. Not only will you see better handwriting, a focused session of practice is therapeutic too.

The benefits of handwriting go beyond the alphabets on paper.

Below are the evidences from the National State Boards of Education in America:
  • Cognitive and Motor Skills Development: Because handwriting is a complex skill that involves both cognitive and fine motor skills, direct instruction is required to learn handwriting (it is not good enough to just give a workbook to students and hope for the best). However, the result of good instruction is that students are benefited both in their cognitive development and in developing motor skills.
  • Literacy Development: Handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence students’ reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking. Students without consistent exposure to handwriting are more likely to have problems retrieving letters from memory; spelling accurately; extracting meaning from text or lecture; and interpreting the context of words and phrases.
  • Brain Development: The sequential hand movements used in handwriting activate the regions of the brain associated with thinking, short-term memory, and language. In addition, according to Virginia Berninger, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, cursive in particular is linked with brain functions around self-regulation and mental organization. “Cursive helps you connect things,” Dr. Berninger said in an interview.
  • Memory: The act of handwriting helps students (and adults) retain information more effectively than when keyboarding, mostly likely because handwriting involves more complex motor functions and takes a bit longer. One study comparing students who took notes by hand versus classmates who took notes by computer found that the hand writers exhibited better comprehension of the content and were more attentive and involved during the class discussions.
  • Written Expression: Elementary-age students who wrote compositions by hand rather than by keyboarding, one researcher found, wrote faster, wrote longer pieces, and expressed more ideas.
  • Learning Disabilities: Handwriting instruction can be especially valuable to many students with disabilities. As one professor of occupational therapy has written, “One of the first things educators can do to ensure that students with special needs develop good writing skills, besides teaching them spelling and basic writing processes, is to provide them with formal handwriting instruction.” Students with learning disabilities are more likely to need extra support to improve their handwriting, but improved handwriting can both help improve academic outcomes and help in fine motor skill development.

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education

Other links of interest: 

- The Lost Virtue of Cursive, The New Yorker, 22 Oct 2016

Biological and Psychological Benefits of Learning Cursive, Dr. William R. Klemm, Psychology Today, 2013

The Benefits of Cursive go beyond Writing, The New York Times, 30 April 2013

September 09, 2016

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Original Chinese Characters by Freeman Lau

Spread Love, Joy and Peace to your family and friends through this unique set of three note cards.

Having won over 300 awards, Freeman Lau is a major figure in art and design in Hong Kong and China since 1980s. Many of his public art and sculpture designs are collected by international museums and private collections.

Originally created as a series of poster design called “Taiwan Image” in 1995, each new character, composed of three to eight characters of 19-26 strokes, is a clever overlapping of existing characters reaching into others’ blank space, to form a multi – layer concept:

愛- LOVE

The greatest LOVE of all is the love towards nature, which embraces the partnership of mankind and the environment on this plant.

樂- JOY

The greatest JOY is for each individual to process freedom and equality in every corner if the world.

國- COUNTRY

The foundation of an ideal NATION is built on joy from its citizens who are bound together by peace – as a beginning of a united world.

Now available at our K11 Pop–up shop or our online shop.

August 25, 2016

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Inner Peace at our Summer #SlowLiving workshops 2016

 

In the past few months, we hosted a variety of #SlowLiving workshops offering calligraphy, watercolour and word art and in the process, created over 500 #SlowLiving hours.

The philosophy behind our workshops centres around the need for urban dwellers to take a pause to engage in a personal activity that requires skills and intense focus that put us into a state of mind called flow.  Typically, one can experience deep enjoyment and satisfaction, and delightfully, attain a new level of clarity of mind.  Building a regular rhythm of Slow Living elevates our inner peace and well-being.

Beyond the personal dimension, we find slow living a very good excuse for drawing in a community of not just art and craft practitioners, but also trendsetters who want to rediscover their creativity and dexterity in craft.  We did not realise how much we share as neighbours in the same city until we run into each other picking up a new hobby, new skills and sharing a moment of peace.

Visit our Facebook page for our photo album, sharing the lovely moments of our workshop series in the Summer of 2016 hosted at our popup in K11 Design Store and our atelier.

We are committed to offering worthwhile experiences to urban lifestyles through practising art and culture.  Stay tuned for our new #SlowLiving workshop series in Fall and in the meantime, we still have a few classes left before Summer ends running up to end of September. See you soon!

Click here to choose from our workshop series.

July 08, 2016

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5 reasons why I give my child his personalised notecards

There are more reasons than ever to start practising #SlowLiving at a young age.  One simple thing that I am doing is to pass on to my son (6 years old) the tradition of writing; starting with notecards. 

Just earlier this week, I was so pleased to see him write to our new neighbours whom he just met, inviting the sisters to go for a swim in the common pool of our residential block.  He then dropped the card into their mailboxes and has been checking for return mail.  So incredibly sweet. 

Besides my ulterior motive to keep my child away from smartphones and computer screens, here are my reasons to provide personalised notecards for my little one:

  1. Children of this generation will have a life-time to play with digital gadgets designed for a faster rather than slower lifestyle. So before I lose influence over what my child may choose to do, I choose to introduce the practice of art, craft, and cultural exploration to his everyday life outside of formal education, which I believe will be of enormous value to his well-being.
  1. Writing on paper fosters creativity .  Children are social beings who have an innate need to express themselves.  Having a stack of notecards handy on his desk encourages him to write and communicate, and as he does so, the creative process opens up his little mind and transports him to a world of boundless imagination.
  1. Expressing gratitude through writing is different from just saying 'please' and thank you'. Writing requires recalling memories and reflection.  The act of writing a thank-you note calls for our appreciation and deepens our sense of empathy.
  1. Personalised notecards give him a sense of pride.  That physical presence of a card with his name on it creates a strong personal identity and emotion.  A handcrafted letterpressed card made in pure cotton conveys a statement of understated elegance and quality.
  1. I don't want him to be just practically-minded. Writing notecards is an obsolete mode of communication these days, which is the exact reason why I want to see him practise it.  It is like reading a poem, which does not instantly improve his productivity or academic strength but cultivates something far deeper in our souls, bringing us closer to what life is all about. 

So while you think about setting up a Facebook or Instagram account for your children, think about getting some personalised notecards made for them.  Nothing feels better than getting a handwritten, personalised notecard from your loved ones.

 

July 01, 2016

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#SlowLiving Workshops designed to balance urban lifestyles

Celebrating the lost art of handwriting is at the heart and soul of Printer & Co. It is something that we are passionate about and that we believe goes hand-in-hand with the concept of #SlowLiving which in turn helps us make sense of today’s frantic world.

More than seven million people live in Hong Kong, the majority of them in high-cost, high-rise apartments. Everywhere you look in this densely populated city, you see evidence of a high-octane lifestyle. The list of examples is endless: people rushing off to meetings or the next brand event, commuters packed onto public transport (or perhaps the luckier ones being driven around in comfort), people taking pictures to share on social media, making reservations at newly-opened restaurants, spinning at the gym with a pumped-up personal trainer, or dashing off to the airport for a weekend getaway.

Between the cracks of this adrenaline-high lifestyle, everyone yearns for moments of solitude so that they can cultivate inner peace -- a genuine asset which is in deficit on many of our balance sheets. By regularly practicing #SlowLiving we can repay some of that deficit. It is like practicing deep breathing, the benefits of which are subtle but countless.

In the pursuit of our mission, we at Printer & Co have been offering #SlowLiving workshops to our inner circle of friends. We are not surprised when we hear people say that they emerge from these tranquil sessions feeling energised, revitalised and mentally better equipped to once again face the reality of their frantic, day-to-day lives.

Whether it is art, culture, creativity or play you are looking for, stay tuned for more about our upcoming line-up of #SlowLiving workshops and other activities.

Click here to choose from our workshop series.

 

May 10, 2016

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Why use Cotton for your stationery?

Printer & Co Cotton Challenge

 

The most discerning few choose cotton to write on.  The tactile touch has inspired the most intimate messages.  Read our blog below to find out why use Cotton for your personal stationery.

At the same time, we are passing the call-to-write to you: put on your thinking cap and write a one-liner and leave it as comment here or post on our Facebook's relevant section to tell us which feature makes cotton the most desirable material you write on.  

It can be ideas drawn from our blog, or anything else you think of.  Just make sure you 1) use tag #WriteMindfully, 2) follow our Facebook page and 3) Share our Blog or Facebook post.

The winning post will be drawn and will receive a box of Printer & Co goodies, including cotton lettersheets of your choice of alphabet.

You have until 20th May, 2016.

Many people ask why the fuss of insisting on using Cotton for writing.  We have been asked so many times this question that we decide to share with our Printer & Co community this little guarded secret behind using Cotton in our fine stationery collection.

Cotton paper is regarded as the ultimate media for written communication for its tactile quality, its strength, softness and durability in comparison to wood pulp-based alternative. It has traditionally been the choice of royalties, creative and intellectual people with exacting standards.

One of its most attractive features is that cotton paper does not turn yellow over time like its counterparts made with wood-pulp. The lignin in wood-based paper is a dark substance that makes paper yellow through exposure to air and sun, causing oxidation. In contrast, pure cotton paper does not contain lignin, hence it stays white and fresh.

Superior quality and features aside, we have other reasons to use cotton.

Cotton is 100% sustainable, biodegradable and renewable - a truly environmentally-friendly fibre, especially when found in paper.

Cotton is planted to supply the global demand for textile and only parts unused go into paper-making. So, no cotton in this world is ever planted for making paper alone, we are merely using materials that would otherwise go to waste.

So next time you press your pointed-pen onto your Printer & Co stationery, you can be sure that you are enjoying a moment of mindfulness without harm to our nature.

April 12, 2016

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Popping up at K11 Design Store Hong Kong for 6 months starting April 15, 2016!

We are so excited to announce our first pop-up store opening on April 15, 2016 at K11 Design Store in Hong Kong.  

The store features two open spaces, one focussing on paper, colors amongst art & craft supplies, and the other space is filled with our signature collections, including the must-have Alphabets, the adorable Children's Collection as well as the ever-so-sexy His and Her Favourite Collections.

To celebrate this exciting collaboration with K11 Design Store, a mall combining art and shopping, we have co-developed a capsule collection of stitch-bound notebooks with four layers of engraving on the cover to create a series of exceptional 3-D motifs.

The collaboration goes beyond a shopping experience.  We are bringing our philosophy of slow living, authentic connection and mindful consumption to LIFE through a series of workshops inviting local calligraphers, certified play therapists and leading creative writers to conduct a variety of classes on weekends.  We hope to revive the sense of well-being in each and every person in touch with Printer & Co.

When you drop in our pop-up shops, please feel free to leave a message for us in the guest book.  We want to hear from you.