A carpet made by pen

This beautiful piece of art just discovered is an entire carpet made by black pen and pencils.

Painstakingly detailed, it explores different ways and patterns to create a unique whole with only a simple tool. The inspiration comes from different types of art (French roman, traditional Japanese, native American and Mexican) and also military camouflage and animal patterns.

Working on it for more than 15 months, Jonathan Bréchignac describes it as a fight with himself, inch by inch. Long periods of thinking and planning followed by trials to find the perfect patterns before even starting on it.

Despite working on it for hundreds of hours Jonathan has still only been able to use up one pen and is now working on emptying a second one.

”The old masters of art could spend up to a decade, or even a lifetime, to finish their work. I wanted to create something as long lasting, something that would take time.To me, art is about the road to perfection, to take something from your mind and really work it out, with your hands. As soon as I finish this piece, I will start on the next. My plan is to create a series of it… For however long it’ll take.”

Just amazing.

Have you ever experienced these kind of “marathons of Art” on your Moleskine notebooks?

Print it in Moleskine MSK format
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2 Responses to A carpet made by pen

  1. Anita says:

    I wonder what he thinks about during the long hours of working on this. Or maybe he’s just meditating the whole time?

  2. kate says:

    “To me, art is about the road to perfection, to take something from your mind and really work it out, with your hands.”

    Beautiful!

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