Monday, 23 February 2015

Paper Pencils

This is not a pencil. It is a representation of a pencil, a pencil as viewed through the lens, flattened by the lens, transformed by the light, converted into pixels, printed. It is the sum of ink pigments on paper. The object which is made of wood, clay, graphite, and paint is converted by a peculiar chemistry into another object made of ink and paper. The print that is not a pencil does not share the pencil's ability to manipulate words but it is still an object of manipulation: a fragile paper object that is cut, drawn on, pushed into the crevices of the pebble, prodded and glued. The pencil and the paper pencil are both handled. The pencil is said to be slave to the act of writing, an instrument obliterated by the higher purpose it purports to serve. The paper pencil draws attention to the materiality of the pencil, a materiality most of which the paper pencil has ironically lost.

Photo of pencils and pencil prints

Photo of pencil prints outlined with ink
Photo of paper pencils cut-outs

Paper pencils glued on balancing pebbles
Part of the Pencil Stones collection of Inklinks

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Three Questions

Palimpsest was invited by Pen Addict to answer three questions and who could say no to Pen Addict.

1. What role do analog tools such as pens, pencils, and paper play in your day to day life?
I enjoy forming letters with something as tactile as a pencil or a pen instead of summoning them into existence with the tap of a key. While I do spend a lot of time with my computer screen, keyboard and smartphone, it is the pen or the pencil I go to when I really want to connect with what I'm writing be it a To Do list, notes or a short story.

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Rotring Tikki and Pigma Micron on Stones

New companions on my work bench are the Rotring Tikky Graphic 0.3 and the Pigma Micron 02. I use them on stones. 

I have been making literary paperweights, a fusion of stone, paper and words, for some time now. Writing tools employed for this process included Palomino Blackwing and Mitsubishi Mono pencils as well as fountain pen ink. For the new pebble paperweight collection, however, I found the Rotring and Pigma pens indispensable. 

The Rotring Tikki Graphic 0.3 contains pigmented ink which adheres very well to the stone's surface. Tikki's tip performs well on rough surfaces and follows the stone's contours very precisely. Never mind how irregular the pebble is, Tikki's tip can take it. I use it afterwards on paper and find that it is not affected at all by the rough treatment it previously received on the stone. Rotring Tikki is the champion of the pebble.

I use the Pigma Micron to write on the often tiny paper cut-outs which I attach on stones. The smaller the paper fragments the more difficult it is to make markings on them with pencil and achieve accuracy. Writing with a Palomino Blackwing on a slither of paper cannot produce a legible result. No problem for the Pigma Micron 02. Its very fine 0.2 tip writes perfectly on very thin and very old pieces of paper without any bleedthrough or feathering.

The Pigma Micron contains archival ink and so I expect the markings to remain fade-proof and indelible for ever and ever.