Writing

Pencil Light, by Caroline Olsson.

Caroline Olsson’s Pencil Light is a lamp and a container. Something about it vaguely reminds me of the main character in Wall-e, or Luxo Jr. but that doesn’t bother me one bit. The purpose of the lamp is to ” accentuate your stationery, and has the desire to encourage you to write and draw more analog.” according to the designer. I can relate to this, since my day job is working as a designer for a company that produces ink on paper products.

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The lamp is made from birch wood, and features copper and brass screw mechanisms that allow the light to be adjusted to a variety of positions. The box below functions as a container for your writing and drawing implements of choice, and when not in use the light can be closed to hide everything.

Materials: birch, aluminium, steel, copper, copper and brass.
Light: LED bulb.

Photographer: Kaja Bruskeland

Creativity is Not Necessarily Pain Free.

Here is a two minute short film on creativity by Psychotherapist and founder of creativity coaching, Eric Maisel, PhD. While this little video focuses on the idea of writing a novel, the reasoning here applies to all creative activities. As Maisel says, “Creativity in our lives is the primary motivator, but not necessarily pain-free.”

Journal Bandolier.

I work on a computer every day of the week. I use it to create my design work, and even though I started my career before the Macintosh changed everything; I doubt I could go back to a non computer world. Now with that said, I still draw every single day. Putting pencil or pen to paper is an integral part of the creative experience. It keeps my creative juices flowing, and it keeps my eye fresh. I have a small sketch book in my camera/computer bag that I use frequently to jot down notes, sketch out ideas, and to simply draw in. For some reason one thing that happens is, the pens and pencils I use always end up on the bottom of the bag instead of in their respective pockets. Until now that is. This morning I found a journal binder, pencil holder on Etsy that might take care of the loose pencil problem.

Bandolier [jour.nal ban.do.lier n.] is a strap fitted with small loops for carrying pens, pencils, and other handy tools that can be wrapped around a journal, planner, or other book. Bandolier is handmade using reclaimed rubber and elastic. The strap is 2 inches wide and has 7 loops for pencils, and other writing implements. Because each Bandolier is handmade, you can request custom sizes and loop counts. Bandolier is designed to fit easily around books that run a little over 5 inches wide like the Moleskine 5.52×8.25 inch journal or a journal of a similar size.