Color & Creativity: 500 Pencils from Social Designer

Social Designer, a progressive arts organization, is offering an unusual subscription called 500 Pencils — over the course of 20 months, participants will be sent 25 colored pencils every four weeks.

The purpose of this excruciatingly long collection process is to force recipients to experiment with and ultimately appreciate each pencil, including colors that may not normally seem appealing. Participating in this project is also excruciatingly pricey — each monthly set costs $33. The "crafted to order" pencils are produced in Japan and are not available on any other schedule. Social Designer also sells unique storage devices that allow the colors to become part of a room’s decor, thereby surpassing their original purpose as means to an end.

You can purchase monthly the pencil collections directly from Social Designer.

Even if you can't subscribe, there are questions here to be pondered. Can the ways we select, receive, and house our instruments of creativity actually serve as inspiration for the art they make?

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