London-based studio Here Design has developed a new range of art materials and gift products for the Tate, now available online and instore. Having previously collaborated on a range of T-shirts, the Tate returned to Here Design with a brief to create a range of sketchbooks and gift products that appealed to the art institution’s diverse audience.
Having launched initially with a range of nine sketchbooks, the Here Design collection now includes pencil cases, colouring and sketching pencils, acrylic paints, tote bags, T-shirts and art materials cases, all incorporating original graphic marks crafted in the Here Design studio.
Designed for use by both experienced artists and novices, the new sketchbook collection has an authentic, sophisticated look and feel, with high quality cartridge or watercolour paper bound within a protective hard cover.
Rather than reproducing artworks from the Tate’s collection on the covers, Here Design focused on the experience of mark making, introducing a series of artistic gestures created in-house using a wide range of techniques.
The character of these marks and brushstrokes reflects the paper stock and suggested content, for example a book with watercolour paper shows broad brushstrokes whereas a pocket sketchpad may show charcoal or pen marks.
Finished in a range of bold, contrasting colours the result is a collection that would appeal to anyone who writes, sketches, paints and creates artwork of any kind. These original marks can also be found across a wide selection of gift products, including tote bags and pencil cases.
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