Support your local art shop!
I’ve recently made a number of rather nice purchases, mainly of vintage design studio materials from my local art store Hobson’s in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. A real Alladin’s cave of an art shop not all organised and glossy like Hobbyc**** or similar multi-nationals but a quaint little operation and if i’m honest quite untidy, which once functioned as a combined Post Office (remember those?) and an art shop run by a knowledgable guy named Stuart.
I do get quite excited by visiting art shops which often direct the kind of work I do depending on what I purchase, sometimes it’s just a new colour or type of paint, maybe a rare pen or pencil which is a pleasure to use, or some seriously hard to find old school studio equipment i.e.: Letraset or the like.
Last week I stumbled upon this absolute beauty in pristine condition, boxed and with extra felts for the nibs. A Berol Industrial king-size Flo-Master (see above): refillable, hard wearing and seriously good quality! Stuart proceeds to informs me these are incredibly sought after by factory staff and steelworkers to mark steel, and this could be one of the only remaining unused examples in the country, he even gave me some ink in the original tin, but it had dried up and clearly seen better days.
After last weeks find of a Faber-Castell TK-matic which has to be the best pencil that has ever graced my right hand, I’m starting to get seriously into art digging, like a creative alternative to a vinyl junkie, forever searching for the next mark making implement to create new works and ideas. So instead of going to your nearest retail park and spending a fortune, dig a little deeper and support your local art store before it’s too late, you know it makes perfect sense!