It can also be immensely beautiful and a channel for enormous creativity. As a multi-faceted designer, (or a creative jack of all trades if you’re being less pretentious!) I’m as often behind a camera lens as designing in front of a computer screen. But one aspect that runs through my design work (I hope!) is a hand drawn, natural element. Sure, things get tweaked digitally, but more often than not, it’s started as a scribble on a sheet of paper.
In a full circle-type gesture, these natural elements are more often not made with natural elements. My bamboo pens started by hacking at some twigs in my parent’s garden (which had to be pruned, honest!) and a spot of whittling with a junior hacksaw and a massive knife. Coupled with some drawing ink and some sumptuous paper, and you’ve got a recipe for visual beauty! They take a few uses to bed in, and as a natural product, they each have their own quirks and character, which is half the fun. I often use them in my illustration work, but they are equally as lovely for calligraphy and handwriting. There are many people more talented at lettering work than me, but not many writing tools that you can personalise as easily.
So take a break, write a letter.