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My source of inspiration are 'pen nibs'. I own a large collection of pens including some 7 small boxes with a 100 different pens. I've studied them a while ago, piece by piece, testing all of them and, indeed, they're all different. These boxes have been purchased decades ago in London, Philip Poole's shop. After some research over the internet I found an article in the Bangor Daily News, American newspaper from Maine, dated October 1989. In that article I found that, due to a tripling of rent, the famous pen shop had to close . The end of an era. An inspiration for my piece of work.
At first, I drew all of my ideas in my sketchbook. Accompanying text or not, white on black or black on white, size of the pens, illustrations from old pen boxes yes or no ... I had to make choices.
After many weeks of trials, I choose a layout: at the top of the page will be three rows of pens, underneath, a block of text, written in Carolingian minuscule. In the last few weeks, I have been experimenting on different sorts of paper and finally select one. I determine the size of the piece and can start the final stage. First of all I write the text block at the bottom because something can go wrong. Then I draw all of the pens and finally fill them, in using a black fineliner. 4 weeks from design to finishing, but always with the same pleasure!