Using a portrait of Russian Mathematician Grigori Perelman by artist Jules Julian, designers Alan Temiraev and Volodenka Zotov created a beautifully designed pencil set.
The packaging is designed so that when intact, the eight individually boxed graphite pencils make up the illustrated portrait, by Jules Julien, of the Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman, famous for solving the the legendary Poincaré Conjecture.*
The beautifully designed pencil box has a die-cut window in the shape of the portrait's head and foil stamping. The interior of the box has a color printed image of the universe.
Each graphite pencil is a different degree of lead (2H, H, F, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B) and individually packaged in multi-colored four-sided boxes so that, when properly aligned, they make up the graphic portrait of Perelman seen through the die-cut window.
Grigori (or Grigory) Perelman:
*Perelman solved the legendary Poincaré Conjecture, one of the world's most difficult mathematical tasks. He was awarded the Field Medal but Perelman didn't show up to claim the award, and said he doesn't want it. He told a British newspaper, "I do not think anything that I say can be of the slightest public interest." Refusing to take the one million dollars in prize money, he remarked "Why do I need a million dollars if I can control the universe?"
Designers: Alan Temiraev, Volodenka Zotov
Illustrators: Julien Jules, Phil
images courtesy of The Bold Studio on behance, first sighted on Fubiz
above: the Chef's Pencil Set has basic cooking definitions printed on No.2 pencils
Paper Pastries is a Los Angeles-based greeting card and stationery company run by Margaret Haas. The site and her accompanying etsy store offer custom invitations, announcements, and calligraphy.
Amongst her clever and cute stationery items, she also offers five fun and original pencil sets which make great and affordable gifts.
Know It All Pencil Set:
Set of 6 pencils:
PI is 3.14159265358979323846 Gray pencil with red writing
H20 BOILING POINT 100C 212F Pastel Blue pencil with orange writing
I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C Yellow pencil with green writing
1920 WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Red pencil with dark blue writing
Primary Colors-Red, Yellow, Blue
LARGEST MAMMAL- Blue Whale
No. 2 pencils
Comes in a 5 x 8 muslin bag. "Know-it-all pencil set" is stamped in brown on bag.
New York Pencil Set
The greatest pencil set on earth for the greatest city on earth, representing all boroughs:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK BROOKLYN BRONX MANHATTAN QUEENS STATEN ISLAND
Set of 6 pencils, comes in a 5 x 8 muslin bag. "New York pencil set" and the skyline is stamped in black on bag.
No. 2 pencils
Chef's Pencil Set:
If you ever need a quick reminder of what that term means, just check your pencil! Perfect for the chef, or aspiring cook in your life.
AL DENTE- SLIGHTLY CHEWY SAUTE- COOK QUICKLY IN OIL WHIP- BEAT RAPIDLY TO EXPAND KNEAD- TO WORK DOUGH ZEST- GRATE COLOR OFF CITRUS MINCE- CHOP FINELY
Comes in a 5 x 8 muslin bag. "Chef's pencil set" is stamped in green on bag.
no. 2 pencils
Make a Point Pencil Set:
Inspired by leather bound book collections.
Set of 6 pencils, 2 of each:
Noteworthy- gold writing on burgundy pencil
Get the lead out- gold writing on blue pencil
Do the write thing- gold writing on a brown pencil.
No. 2 pencils
Comes in a 5 x 8 muslin bag. "Make A Point pencil set" is stamped in blue on bag.
Enamored Pencil Set:
Perfect to give away to family, friends & sweethearts- and still keep one for yourself.
Set of 6 pencils, 2 of each:
Xoxoxox- red writing on light pink pencil
You're just my type- white writing on a red pencil
Blue without you- red writing on a light blue pencil
No. 2 pencils
Comes in a 5 x 8 muslin bag. "Enamored pencil set" is stamped in red on bag.
Paper Pastries, Confections For Your Correspondence
Each set is $10.00 and you can purchase them here along with other items by Paper Pastries.
In 1998, Sculptor Agelio Batle developed a process to create sculptures in solid graphite. Initially, he created his own hand (Drawing Hand No. 1), and then botanical and other natural forms followed.
The objects before you is a further exploration by Batle in this new media. Unlike his initial body of work of molded natural forms, these objects express the ongoing dialogue between form and content. The works in this series, whether formal or personal, show a stronger connection to the artist and are more reflective of his experimental attitude towards art. Each sculpture is cast using Batle's unique molding and carving process. Carbonaceous graphite (mineral remains of prehistoric plant life) is fused with smudge-resistant compounds, then cures into the object before you.
They have been formulated to resist smudging onto your hands. The multiple surfaces of each graphite sculpture can write.
Below are the editions presently available.
In addition to the above pieces, he also has "limited editions". Here are a few of my favorites:
above: The 12 point ball (limited to 100 pieces)
above: The Knobby Helix (limited to 100 pieces)
About the sculptor:
Drawing Hand is typical of Agelio Batle's work. In his offerings we find an inventor extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary. Pencil lead, dictionaries, globes, maps, old photographs - everyday artifacts such as these give us no expectation of inspiration. To find epiphany in mundane materials, poetry in the pedestrian, is the core of his work.
The investigative nature of Agelio's work may stem from his background in the sciences. He received a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Not wishing to pursue a career in science, he returned to his lifelong interest in art and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating with High Distinction honors.
Agelio's artwork includes stage design, art installation, performance art and drawing as well as sculpture. His work has been seen in museums and galleries across the United States. The following shows are just a few highlights of the body of his work. In 1988 his early ceramic sculpture was chosen by the American Craft Museum (New York) to represent the best work in the country by artists under thirty years of age in the Young Americans. This honor acknowledged the importance of craftsmanship and attention to detail that still pervades his work today. In 1994 Agelio was included in a show of contemporary sculptures entitled Next to Nothing at San Francisco's Center for the Arts in Yerba Buena Gardens. His Volume of Laughter Collected While Being Tickled was a body-sized cylinder of transparent vinyl, filled with breaths of air collected from the artist's laughter. The fifteen art works unveiled at that show revealed a more playful and spiritual direction to his work. In 1995 Agelio lead the Brick Project, a collaborative installation with the San Francisco Arts Education Project. Unveiled at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's opening ceremonies, twelve hundred local children constructed an impromptu miniature cityscape from wooden "bricks" that they prepared at their school sites. After class discussions and interactions, each child painted a brick filled with their own vision of "home". Participants and viewers walked through the resulting cityscape.
These wonderful objects are available to order by contacting the artist here: A S Batle Company 224 Mississippi St. San Francisco CA 94107 Phone: 415.864.9300 and 864.3300 Fax: 415.864.2300
Or from the following galleries: Red Sky Gallery Sawbridge Studios Gallery 5