the pencil tin
Our studio name and visual identity are in response to a number of things. There’s the simple fact that the studio (just like the rest of our home) is clad in grey ‘custom-orb’ corrugate, which has an obvious visual link to the material and form of a good old tin can plus, as we state elsewhere, we’re both more than a little fond of the undiminished value of the ‘pencil and paper’ approach to idea generation and exploration, and even completion. Also, what we particularly like about a classic pencil tin is that it would have to be one of the most sublimely useful things that any desk can house and is perhaps one of the best and most enduring examples of ‘up-cycling’ that we’ve yet seen.
Martin has over 35 years experience in the creative industries, across disciplines as wide-ranging as photography, printing, model-making, drafting, lighting, construction, furniture, interiors, graphics, film/TV & theatre, display/exhibition design, youth recreation and tertiary education. A keen surfer and motorcyclist, he also enjoys time in the kitchen – baking, brewing, pickling and cheese-making, or just sitting quietly with a good book and a great view.
Martin firmly believes that through good design practice, we are all capable of bringing our creative ideas to successful fruition and, in so doing, making our lives better. He enjoys nothing more than working collaboratively with enthusiastic ‘makers’ to improve their design skills and help them realise their creative ambitions.
Roberta has over 30 years experience in textile design across all facets of the fashion and textile industries including men’s, women’s and children’s wear, swimwear, underwear and lingerie, homewares, manchester, plus interior furnishings and decoration. She is an illustrator and has designed and completed commissioned public artworks.
Roberta is accomplished in both traditional hand-painted and digital design techniques and has eight years experience as a lecturer in Textile Design and Technology at tertiary institutions. She has comprehensive knowledge and experience in colour theory and application, loves to cook, ride her bicycle, walk to the beach daily, plus enjoys a good coffee and crossword.