Between Folds / Tools Catalogue

Tools & Supplies Catalogue by Buck & Hickman Ltd; 1935
117 x 168 cm

Francisca’s Tools takes us back to a time when the pen trumped the camera. Illustrating each instrument and tool by hand was not then superfluous. Immortalising these practical items in ink was as important as their making, sharing imperative to their success and sale – as the inverted shilling sign reminds us. Seeing the objects’ lines, curves and texture through the flick of a draftsman’s wrist celebrates their triumphs of design and practicality. Paying homage, each object is framed in folds; held as an individual work of art, rather than merely catalogued. In spreading such wonders before us, Tools reminds us that we are not the only generation that had a gadget for everything. Humankind’s determination to ease a way of life spans decades; here with a pride that is striking through the personality of illustration.


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