Here at The Wonderland, we’re always looking for different and creative solutions to problems, the challenge here being: what do you write with if you don’t have a pen?
Typographer Ian Barnard has taken potato printing to the next level by fashioning an assortment of vegetables into pens. He uses carrots, broccoli, asparagus, lemon grass and chilli. It’s amazing how different vegetables can help to produce so many different styles of type.
Ian carves the carrot into a point to create a pen nib and dips it into ink and writes to create beautiful typography designs. He cuts diagonally into the lemon grass and creates a slit in the middle to mirror the design of an old fashioned fountain pen and creates a biblical looking typeface. And the asparagus makes a perfect paint brush – no alterations required!
As Ian says himself, “I have a passion for typography and lettering, creating hand drawn custom logo types, t-shirts designs, bespoke magazine headers, prints and posters. This all springs from learning the wonderful craft of calligraphy. It’s amazing what can be achieved when we make stuff with our hands. I try and create new pieces of hand drawn art every week day and post to my Instagram feed, because I feel that my creativity is like a muscle and needs to be exercised frequently!”
You can watch his fantastically innovative video demonstrating the vegi-tools below:
Written by Vicky