City Guide // Bristol – Papersmiths…

Lou Archell Papersmiths Bristol June 2016-10

Stationery lovers, listen up.  Papersmiths is having a sale!  Oh yes.  I was there like a shot, feverishly wandering the shelves looking at pretty pencils, brass shapeners and magazines I’ve never heard of before. It is a beautiful space, to while away some time, with my nose pressed into an independent publication or checking out the latest offerings from HAY.

I go there when I need a ‘hit’ of inspiration. Time for me. I love to browse through the magazines, marvelling at creative people across the world living creative lives. Travellers traversing the continent on motorbikes or life on the streets of Cuba for example.  Papersmiths has a magazine that will stoke any enthusiasm and let the flames roar inside.

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I am always drawn to the travel guides. Small ‘zine’ like paperbacks sharing stories of cities which I long to explore.  These are increasingly more popular, and is something I feel I’d like to dip my toe into at some point. Little Shed Guides. What do you think?

Besides all that, you see, I have a terrible addiction to stationery, pens that glide, shiny scissors, succulents in crazy hand thrown pots, independent publications about people getting on with their life.

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Oh do you?  Oh I am sure you do, who doesn’t?  So if you are in Bristol do make a trip to Papersmiths, it’s cool and arty and you will leave with a paper bag full of inspiration.  Oh and go to Anna cafe opposite for the best cake!

Lou Archell Papersmiths Bristol June 2016


This post has been written part of the City Guide series.  Please check out further inspiration here.

I hope to share further ‘guides’ of Bristol soon – I need to get out more!

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