but I couldn’t believe they sold 5 of these with black cover within an hour. I assume I am still kind of outside of BuJo community in Poland. I started playing with the system over two years ago and recent outbreak in my country still makes me a little of an outsider. My bullet journaling was ‘raised’ by outside sources and Internet shopping abroad because there was nothing available in Poland at the time. Now there’s such a huge market for all the planners, calendars, bujo’s and so on. I can see all the materials spread everywhere and in such small prices. Take washi tape for example. Even today one of the seller was really surprised that it costs 8 zł (~2€). For me, it’s incredibly cheap. I used to spend over twice as much on one roll. I’ happy it’s finally among us.
Actually, I can’t believe how great conversations I participated were. I had been gathering all my social skills for this event, but it surprised me how kind and easy the talk with people was. Simple chat, even without buying anything, didn’t really make me tired or ashamed in any way. It’s been a while since I felt good in a crowded place, so I believe it perfectly describes the atmosphere on the fairs.
The next day was slightly different. I stayed almost the whole time in the discussion room. Sadly, I was 9 minutes late to sign for any workshop, I had to pick up some other task and focus on it. I’m not disappointed. From the very beginning, lecturers showed their devotion to the spoken subjects so everything worked well.
I especially enjoyed the first lecture which was about book covers and the stories behind them. To be honest, I’d never paid much attention to them, except deciding whether it’s pretty or not, so it was quite eye-opening. The lecturer, Przemek Dębowski, the artist of the covers himself, told great stories about complicated discussions with authors, ingenious and simple ideas and the game the artists want to engage the reader.
Another one was a little surrealistic, for a person who doesn’t know anything about it. ‘Cities made by paper’, to translate the title logically enough, was about plenty of different subjects. One was about artists trying to help local people work out their urban environment and create more pleasant places to live in. The first story was about Cairo and the poorer district where people were trying to change their closest streets with a help of paper model of the district. However what intrigued me more were the abandoned towers created by Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro and the fight to make them alive again. Next part was describing actual buildings created by folded paper and artists behind them. Well, cardboard furniture for dogs seems a good idea, I’m just not sure how long it might have survived with a puppy ;).
The last lecture I was able to attend was about Japanese paper presented by Escribo founder. Surprisingly a very short
one showed the differences in paper production in Japan and why they don’t care about its weight. The audience received the examples of paper they were speaking about to try their actual quality. Well, I thought I knew pretty much in this subject but Mrs. Elmira indeed surprised me with a couple of information.
Sadly, afterwards, I had to head to the station so I said my goodbyes and take the last look at the fair. It was really pleasant two days. Enormous thank you, whoever was there to create such an amazing atmosphere.