Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by admin


The Secret Life Of The Pencil

In an ever increasingly digitised world, it’s somewhat re-assuring to know that the humble pencil is still appreciated and celebrated in its own right. Indeed this cannot be disputed bearing in mind that the pencils owned by some prominent creative types have recently been exhibited at the Paul Smith Albemarle Street store in London thanks to creative director Alex Hammond and photographer Mike Tinney.

The duo shot close-up images of the collection of pencils used by a variety of artists, writers and designers with the individual quirks of the tools revealing much about the personalities of the respective owners.

In showcasing the selection of pencils, Hammond and Tinney said they wanted to celebrate this everyday writing instrument which dates all the way back to 1622 when it was first produced. Indeed they’ve aptly described the pencil as: ‘unassuming, unsung, and 0.02 per cent the cost of an iPad. Our faithful friend continues to lead its many secret lives alongside much more complex technology but at the heart of our most decisive and moving creators.’

The exhibition sees the walls of the Paul Smith store decorated with an array of different prints of pencils used by the world’s leading designers and artists presented in striking detail using an innovative photographic technique in order to create hyper-real images of the everyday stationery item.

The Secret Life of the Pencil exhibition is on display until 3rd June and it is possible to bid online for the pencil images and indeed some of the actual pencils themselves right up until this date. The majority of the proceeds from this auction will go to Children in Crisis, which is a UK based charity which helps children suffering the effects of conflict and civil war.


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