Tyger, Tyger!

Tyger, Tyger!

A stationery collection inspired by the William Blake poem – hands up if, like me, you had to memorise it at school!

We first saw these Dingbats Tiger notebooks at the London Stationery Show and it was great to hear the company history. Dingbats* are produced by the oldest established company in Lebanon, Société Kamel Bekdache et Fils SAL (SKB). Read their story here.

We love working with independent illustrators and Jacqueline Coley describes herself as an illustrator and pattern designer who loves matching her socks to her outfit! We couldn’t resist including her beautifully illustrated pocket notebook in this collection. It’s a perfect fit!

The writing and drawing kit in this box comprised orange and black Zig Millennium pens, a classic Edding 55 and a Rhodia pencil. You can probably guess why we chose these colours…

We don’t tend to co-ordinate the postcard designs with the box theme – it would be too difficult to arrange – but the tiger image by Bex Challoner was just perfect, and she kindly allowed us to also use it for the bookmark – Thanks Bex!

This collection is available now in our website shop. Go on, indulge your passion for stationery!

We couldn’t really finish this post without including the poem that inspired it could we? Enjoy.

The Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake
From “Songs of Experience” published in 1794

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