Last week I ventured into London to see The Secret Life of the Pencil – an exhibition of photos of famous people's pencils at the Paul Smith store on Albermarle Street. Now I know to most people this would seem rather yawn-some but, as you may have guessed, I love a good pencil. And the detailed photos really brought them to life. William Boyd's retractable pencil was probably the highlight for me – one of my favourite author's much-loved tools shot on a bright pink background.
The press pack for the exhibition sums up my feelings exactly:
"The humble pencil is found where most of mankind’s greatest achievements begin. But will the touch-screen generation ever feel the pleasure of a freshly sharpened pencil or the frustration of a shattered lead?"
The exhibition is also raising money for the charity Children in Crisis. Their aim is to help support projects that provide reading, writing and thinking skills – along with pens, pencils and paper – to children suffering the effects of conflict & civil war in countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
See http://secretpencils.co.uk/ for more images from the exhibition and info about the charity.