Once you get hooked on a great pen, the next step on the road to ruin is great paper.
There are numerous options and a plethora of sources from which to choose, from plain bound journals to highly designed note cards and custom stationery. One coveted source of high-end stationery is New York-based artist Bernard Maisner.
Maisner has variously been referred to as a lettering artist, virtuoso calligrapher and custom stationer. And while he is all of these, descriptions are inadequate in the inherent limitations they impose on a man whose art dares explanation.
He graduated from the Cooper Union College of Art in the mid-1970s, but his interest in lettering began much earlier – in grade school, to be exact. Initially self-taught, he started out doing traditional italic and gothic lettering that he copied out of books.
“My father would come home with papers and inks and encourage me to practice,” he says of those first attempts at what would eventually become a focal point of his career.