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Blackwing Graphite Pencil Set of 12 - Volume 93

Blackwing Graphite Pencil Set of 12 - Volume 93

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Corita Kent was an educator, artist, and social justice advocate who believed that art could be a tool for dialogue, reflection, and change.

While chair of the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, Corita asked her students to engage in “slow looking” exercises. Using a paper viewfinder tool that simulated the experience of using a camera, her students were able to select, isolate, and examine the details of the world around them. This resulted in piles of drawings that taught the students how to slow down and see the world with a fresh perspective.

This message of being present and curious permeated through every chapter of Corita’s life and work. From the 1950s until her death in 1986 her art progressed from modernist interpretations of traditional religious subjects to pop-infused political statements and introspective examinations.

The Blackwing 93 is a tribute to Corita and her message to slow down and find gratitude in the everyday. Each pencil features one of the six colourful brushstrokes that make up Corita’s iconic rainbow swash. Commissioned in 1971, the rainbow swash adorns a 140-foot-tall natural gas storage tank along Interstate 93 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The pencils contain our soft graphite and each set includes two of each colour design.

Set of 12 pencils (2 of each colour).

Blackwing (previously Palomino) is a division of California Cedar Products, the world’s leading supplier of wooden pencils. California Cedar has a rich history of developing extraordinary products through six generations of family stewardship. With pencil industry roots dating back to the mid 19th century, California Cedar has built a long tradition of excellence, the most famous of which is its Blackwing pencils. California Cedar is also responsible for launching the historic ForestChoice line of eco-friendly products, including the ForestChoice graphite pencil which was the world’s first FSC-certified pencil. Blackwing's spirit of innovation and dedication to quality ensures that all of their products reflect the same creativity they hope to inspire in you. Their story starts with a pencil, but it doesn’t end there. They're a team of writers, artists, musicians, designers, and DIYers who think the world is a little bit better when you slow down.