During our journey of discovering the artistic potential of the ArtGraf Tailor Shape as a drawing and painting tool, we came across with the vintage steel brush from Speedball, the ancient calligraphic nib factory from the USA.
At that moment we already knew that due to the huge pigment concentration and solubility, the ArtGraf Tailors could be used in calligraphy by preparing the ink using the oriental technique of Sumi.
However the steel brush was something different and we started to use it on Viarco presentations.
This was immediately recognised by artists. They knew they had something unique on their hands, these tow tools were a perfect match of of each other, allowing to draw, paint and write.
For several times Viarco informed Speedball about the enthusiastic artists reaction, that they should find a way to promote it, but unfortunately due to the high costs of manufacturing and low demand Speedball suspended the production.
It is unfortunate that the future generations of artists don’t have the opportunity to try it, so, as a tribute to this wonderful tool, we made this set hoping that one day will be brought to light again.
To make this happen Viarco bought the remain available stock, and applied everything that has learned in the process to come up with an object to reflect the history behind both companies and create a complete experience to the user.
From a local cherry tree we have made the box, a simple design based on the pencil manufacturing process called “sandwich”. For the pen holder we used the few remain original Viarco double holder from the 1960’s to allow the creation of different strokes. For the ink, the box has an area to prepare it the same way the oriental artist do. We also included the black Tailor to draw and make the ink, and to connect everything the 4 sizes of the amazing steel brush.
This set it’s about the past and the future, it’s about how good things will disappear when people don’t know about their existence. When they are not able to recognize the true value of craftsmanship. Collaboration can be the key for the construction of a better civilization and the best way for independent companies to survive in such a competitive world.
Viarco and Speedball have a long history and tradition, but more important than that, in our days both companies share the respect for human values and the belief that the artists make a better world. This is the main reason and origin of the Tribute to Steel Brush.