A freelance writer, actor, director and designer Laura McKenna is always out and about in the arts industry.
Published January 5th 2012
As the weeks of the school holidays rapidly disappear it's time for the dreaded annual stationery shopping expedition. It doesn't matter if you're going back to school, university or work – everyone needs new study supplies but it makes all the difference if you know where to shop. There are a few options.
Firstly, an obvious choice, is Officeworks. I applaud the organisation of Officworks stores but I do find their stationery a bit plastic and to be honest, boring. This is a good place to buy cheaper and uniform stationery but I wouldn't recommend it for those who wish to express their creativity. If you have the money to be more original I encourage you to search for other options. There are plenty of Officeworks store around Brisbane or you can check out their website
For a cleaner and cuter style, kikki-K is a wonderful choice. I warn you, the prices are a little scary but you certainly get what you pay for. kikki-K is a great place to buy stationery you want to last the test of time. Their folders, calendars and bags of all descriptions are impeccably made and if you are willing to spend that little bit extra – I highly recommend this shop. There are stores all over Australia or you can shop online here.
For stationery with an edge, Typo is your shop. This is where I personally like to buy my stationery. Typo takes trends from the fashion industry and applies them to all kinds of products which are perfect gifts as well as welcome additions to any workspace from classroom to corporate workplace. These products are affordable, fun and full of the life you need to start the new year. Of all the stationery shops in Brisbane – this is by far my favourite. Typo can be found in the Broadway arcade in the Queen Street Mall.
If some of these shops are a bit out of your price range, don't despair as there are so many creative ideas to spice up the local newsagent's school supplies. My advice: firstly collect photos - either personal ones or pictures from a magazine. Then stick them in an artistic way all over your exercise book. When you're satisfied with your effort, use clear contact to preserve your creation. And voila! You have a unique collection of stationery to rival anyone's.
So throw away those yellowing notebooks and take the time to find some stationery that brings out your personal sense of style. A fun set of stationery can make all the difference and help you on your way to a happier and more organised new year.