Plumb is a new line of blank notebooks envisioned, designed, and illustrated by contemporary artists, created in collaboration with Knock Knock. Each element is carefully considered, from inside to outside, paper to binding, size to function, with the aim of enhancing the creative process.
Every season, the Plumb team works with three selected artists to design the blank notebooks that they want to see in the world. The artists are asked to think about how they use notebooks in different environments, for varied applications, and about the meaning and utility of recording their ideas. Often they have been inspired by store-bought notebooks which they’ve altered and hacked to suit their unique purposes.
Plumb originated out of the belief that creative people want more than blank or merely decorative repositories for their thoughts and ideas. Plumb’s highest goal is to make notebooks that not only look good but also serve as catalysts in the creative process. By offering notebooks envisioned by working artists, Plumb speaks to those who seek to live their most creative lives.
Katherine Bradford is best known for her paintings of boats and of Superman. She approaches iconic images such as the Titanic and the superhero with a sense of playful adventure and tender, sometimes awkward vulnerability. Bradford was a longtime teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and her work has appeared in numerous solo and group gallery shows and museum exhibitions. Bradford’s paintings are held by many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
SUMI INK CLUB
Sumi Ink Club is a participatory drawing project established in 2005 by Los Angeles–based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. The club produces work collectively in meetings which are open to the public and can be organized by anyone, anytime. Everyone comes together to draw: the young, the old, people who are considered good at drawing, and people who think they can’t draw at all. The result is art that feels as if one impossible person created it. Rara’s and Fischbeck’s work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art and London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, among other esteemed places. They also perform music as Lucky Dragons, an experimental and collaborative band that has been active since 2000.
Tucker Nichols is best known for his smartly funny drawings and large-scale gallery installations. He often takes inspiration from found objects and from the surroundings of his studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nichols’s work has been featured in museums and galleries around the country and in Europe, and his drawings have been published in McSweeney's, The Thing Quarterly, and the opinion pages of the New York Times. As long as paper and pens exist in the world, Nichols plans to keep on creating.