After receiving confirmation for an event at the British Council Library, the whole office was in a rush to get all the products delivered. I was given the task of organizing and making sure the inventory was correct. When all our products came from the warehouse I was lost as to where should I start.
Thoughts kept swarming my mind if I should open this box, or the other; or just rip open everything altogether.
At the end I finally came to my senses, only to look for a scissor or cutter. Now that everything was open and laid out in front of me, it looked like a proper stationery shop. From tiny sized erasers, to jumbo sized crayons, I was just in heaven.
Being an art lover myself, I always had a different fascination with stationery. The thrill of going to the shop and knowing your way in towards the specific section. Compared to my childhood, only a few OUTSTANDING Stationery Brands remain. Though, while being thirteen years old and looking up the stationery section with my big doughy eyes for a discount was not always successful. I couldn’t even beg my mother to buy me the expensive set as I had no idea how to use it, or would most probably lose it in a few days. So I had to start looking at other alternatives within my reach. That is when I came upon the Brand Shark, and was highly influenced and interested in using their crayons. Trust me when I say this that I am not a fan of crayons, but after using Shark’s Crayons I had just fallen in love with the medium.
Revisiting old memories while looking right at the products almost brought a tear to my face. While everybody else thought that this was a very tedious challenge, I happily accepted and started off with my counting. A vast range of products, from the smallest of erasers (which by the way I had almost missed) to the larger specimen of crayons and watercolors. Fast-forward my co-worker and I began our count of the products, and after 70 we had reached our maximum. Numbers and numbers everywhere. Written on each carton, then a few on my hand, and a few on a piece of paper crumpled in the corner of somewhere.
Well, after that hassle was done with I went to sit in my chair. I was given a new task by my boss to create a few more drawings so that we could promote our work. Well then great. I took out all the necessary stationery that would be required and set it aside on my drawing table. In front of me were erasers, pencils, fountain pens, watercolors, crayons and even oil pastels! When you have a large variety in front of you, you don’t know where to start or which medium to choose first, or if you just want to do a DIY.
I had a few drawings saved on what I should do, but eventually settled on my personal favorite color: Black. The work that is done with lack is just on a totally different level compared to that of other colors.
For consecutive 5 days I was isolated and created 5 different artworks, all with black as their major highlight. A few mix and match colors were incorporated but only because I was out of black color.
There is an essence to each color that you cannot portray it with words, but instead let your imagination do all the work.