July 18, 2019

Packing up some brushes for a new order to send; aluminium tubes for lightweight overseas postage; cotton flags for Clouds identification; wax seal for authenticity; poetry for fun

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July 15, 2019

I’m so excited that my brushes will be now be stocked by A P Fitzpatrick, one of my favourite London art shops!!

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May 26, 2019

An old Chinese legend tells of a poor little boy who loves to paint. He can't afford a paintbrush, so he draws instead. Then one day, he gets given a paintbrush by a magical old man - and whatever the boy paints turns out to be real. He helps his fellow poor people by painting things they need and eventually it reaches the Emperor's ears. However, the Emperor is greedy and wants only gold, and forces the little boy to paint things for him against his will.  When the Emperor asks for a ship on the sea and some waves to go sailing, the clever little boy keeps on painting waves until they drown the ship, and then he simply walks awa...

May 11, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the new batch of Clouds Brushes is ready! Choose from 3 types or collect them all: 

1 - Clouds Brush for Fine Detail

2 - Hand-tested Clouds Brush for Miniature Painting

3 - Hand-tested Clouds Brush for Illumination

Why hand-test them? We assiduously hand-test a selection of our Clouds Brushes because each brush is handmade - therefore unique and with infinitesimal differences - in order to demystify for you what the true nature of the brush really is. Whether it wants to draw fine and elegantly uniform lines, or it it longs to curve into elusive spirals, we offer a specially hand-tested selection cater...

April 11, 2018

It's an old Chinese tradition dating from the Tang dynasty to make calligraphy brushes (胎毛笔tai mao bi) from a baby's newborn hair - only the first, uncut hair can be used as it still has its natural taper.  Cut it, and it becomes useless. When the child turns 3, a ritual is performed in which the brush is softly brushed over their sensory organs to stimulate and awaken their 5 senses - like a gentle introduction to the world through touch. In ancient China, where the written word held supreme importance, the baby hair calligraphy brush was then given to the child when s/he grew older in the hope that it would bring good luck in p...

January 24, 2018


Leather, Fur and Hair

Leather, fur and hair - all things, that as artisans of fine brushes and tools, are within our realm.  All things that remember that they were once animal.  

Leather remembers.  It demands, quite rightly, respect: it once was alive and it wants you to know that. It is skin, after all - it longs to be touched, caressed and loved.  The oil from one's skin softens leather over time.  We create leather accessories that beg to be held, skin on skin, day in and day out.  While we mostly believe that fur coats look best on animals, we recognise and respect the long and ritualistic traditions across...

December 12, 2017

What is luxury? 

Luxury is fine silk, fast cars and smooth cigars. Luxury is new experiences, the latest technology and old wine. Luxury is bespoke goods, personalised items and tailored things. Luxury is plush leather, lush fur and good hair. Luxury is worldwide shipping, local manufacturers and cottage industries. Luxury is fast internet access, timely arrivals and slow painting. Luxury is new tools, old manuscripts and ancient venerable traditions. Luxury is gold leaf, real pigments and handmade brushes. Luxury is all of these things and more.  

Luxury is also simplicity - materials that are true to themselves, unpretentious and...

December 10, 2017

We are pleased to announce that our new season's Fire brushes are ready.  We have to wait for the shedding season to gather the swan feathers which we use for our Fire brushes, so these are seasonal items and can only be produced in small quantities.

They are available with both quill and metal ferrules. 

For more information, and to purchase, please visit our Shop.

March 21, 2017

Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one... cities will never have rest from their evils - Plato's Republic (Book V)

Plato believed that "philosophers [must] become kings…or those now called kings [must]…genuinely and adequately philosophize" (The Republic, 5.473d).

We, too, believe that all Kings should be Philosophers and all Philosophers should be Kings.

Since philosophy is the love of knowledge and wisdom, we start by aspiring to be philosophers.  In the manner of the ideal Scholar, we train our thoughts onto highe...

February 1, 2017

On the Four Treasures 文房四寶

A Chinese expression originating from the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 AD), the Four Treasures, Jewels, or Friends of the Scholar’s Studio are the Brush, the Ink, the Paper and the Inkstone.  We would go so far as to say they are the Four Essential Indispensibles of the Studio – without them, one cannot work.  We should aspire to be like the archetypal Scholar, a member of the literati, a highly literate, cultivated and refined individual and the interior of our studio should reflect this.  On our desk are placed the essential tools of our trade, without which we cannot work, be it painting,...

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