To help you get to know the people behind our Staff Picks collection, we asked each team member a little about themselves, how they got interested in their favorite community, and what else they’re doing these days. Read the Q&A, check out their picks, and use the comment section to ask questions or just say hello.
Meet J9, who’s all about the Writing Community.
Q: What do you do at Massdrop?
A: I just started on our Vendor Relations team. I'm working with lots of new vendors, orienting them with how we do things at Massdrop (we are a little different than a lot of other businesses).
Q: What do you like most about working at Massdrop?A: The people. This will be a common answer, I know, but it's true. Everyone here is smart, skilled, and passionate. It doesn't hurt that we have a good time when we're all together. The products are pretty cool too. When I started working at Massdrop, I actually came on as the Sample Coordinator, so I got to handle all the products that came in and out as they had their photos taken for the site. Working with products you’re passionate about with people who are just as enthusiastic as you are is incredibly rewarding, and so much fun.
Q: How did you get into writing?A: Journalling and writing to pen pals were significant catalysts for me. I love the way new thoughts fill the space that's left when my pen is physically catching up with my previous thought. One night I found myself on the The Fountain Pen Network forums and after many hours of sleuthing, I decided that a Lamy Safari would be my first fountain pen. Then I found the Pen Addict podcast and it was game over from there. Along the way, someone showed me the drop page for the Levenger Bomber Jacket Pen Wrap-- I signed up for an account on Massdrop and read the daily email every single day for ten months before I applied to work here.
Q: What are some of your favorite products in that community?A: J. Herbin 1670 Inks (because obviously), the Karas Kustom EDK Pen, Octaevo Brass Bookmarks, the Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencil Set (I drool over this even though I have absolutely no reason to own this many colored pencils, but it is seriously gorgeous), the Flower Collection of the Diamine Ink Boxed Gift Set, and basically any of the Bungbox inks. I could really go on and on and on.
Q: What are some of your other hobbies/interests?A: Recently I've been getting into painting with watercolors and it has been so much fun pushing water and pigment around. I also practice calligraphy (currently focused on Spencerian script), and am obsessed with plants and gardening. My first love was bookbinding--I love the precision and craftsmanship that goes into it. To me, making books feels like magic.
Check out J9’s picks:
▶ Pilot & Rhodia Silver Starter Sethttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/pilot-rhodia-silver-starter-set
▶ Levenger Bomber Jacket Pen Wraphttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/levenger-bomber-jacket-pen-wrap
▶ Karas Kustoms EDK Penhttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/karas-kustoms-edk
▶ Diamine 150th Anniversary Ink (2-Pack)https://www.massdrop.com/buy/diamine-150th-anniversary-ink
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