In bed with… Daniel Smith

(Well, John Cogley really, CEO of Daniel Smith art materials and the man who, for all intents and purposes, has now become Dan Smith) Any reason that would require to go to Seattle I would probably have been game for… I’ve always wanted to go there and see for myself this city of which I’ve…

“A journey of a thousand strokes starts with one good brush.”*

Imagine my excitement when I heard there was a little town, Kumano, which was deemed THE brush capital of Japan and found out there were more than eighty brush makers still making brushes traditionally, a brush festival, a national calligraphy competition, a “day of the brush” week held there yearly AND a brush museum… Had…

Calligraphy, the art of fin(er) writing – Part 1

At some stage in the Western world most of our languages made the switch to a restricted number of symbolically meaningless shapes which, combined, made the infinity of words we needed to share our ideas and our emotions. There are still variations among alphabets and it took a while to agree on the number of letters…

in bed with… 166 Golden owners!

OK, now you think this is one big joke but no… they all own the joint… what can a girl do but say the truth?When Mark and Barbara Golden realized a few years back that none of their children had a real interest in taking over Golden Artist Colors, they made the best move you…

in bed… at… the Golden residency! (I wish)

You didn’t know you really wanted one of these beautiful, curiously shaped red North American barn did you? But you do! Give it a minute’s thought… can’t you just picture your studio (huge of course) under the eaves there, while below smaller and cosier rooms would open onto the grass, the myriad wildflowers in summer,the…

in bed with… the Coates dynasty!

When you take a left turn at the Bird-in-Hand Inn, the heart and centre of the small village of Stoke-St-Gregory, you’re nearly there. Just a few more kilometers of tall hedges which segment the view into small mosaic bits of landscape and presumably house a million nests. Just a few more country lanes with delightful…

2015, the year of… the pencil!

The year had just begun when tragedy on a large scale hit Paris. The town that saw the birth of the pencil as we know it (invented by Nicolas-Jacques Conté, then commercialized by him under the name Conté à Paris) suddenly saw its walls literally covered in a few days by hands holding pencils. This…

in bed with… R and F

which in this case is not quite as exciting as it might sound at first as R and F is the same and one man: Richard Frumess! (Designed R&F and chosen because Richard felt it was a bit more impressive than the one man show it was!) Richard, a mellow, charming artist and person, is…

in bed with… Art

Sorry but when I get a chance in a million to interview someone called Art, I then find it impossible to resist this title! (Although, as his family name is Guerra, it did cross my mind to go “Make Art, not War” but then again… this is supposed to be a serious blog so… maybe…

in bed with… two generations of Escodas!

Freshly made from sustainable ingredients in an ethical manner, seeped in olive oil and family tradition… might not be words you immediately associate with your brushes! And yet, there is a family in Spain, on the outskirts of Barcelona to be precise, who have been making elegant and intelligent brushes (yes, yes that too!) for…