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Unison Colour

Unison Colour

Unison Colour Soft Pastels

Unison Pastels are widely recognised as exceptional for their colour gamut, balanced tenderness and feel on the paper. The soft pastel is the most delicate pastel type because they are more friable. It is made from pigments, chalk powder and gum arabic as the binder. It is advisable to use a fixative to protect pastel drawings.

The Unison business began when John Hersey decided that the manufactured pastels available on the market broke too easily and were not consistent in texture. For several years he worked on methods of production, exploring colour sequences and developing the texture of his pigment mixtures. In 1987 he decided to offer the results to fellow pastallists. He took the original range of colour sets made from 117 pastels, and displayed them on his kitchen dresser at an art materials show in London. To his surprise and satisfaction there was an immediate interest.

Initially the pastels were all made in the rooms of his house, along with using the spare bedroom for packing and storage. Now, as a result of successful growth they have another workshop and a dedicated packing room. The pastels are now available in three sizes and can be bought in pre-assembled sets for a specific drawing purpose, or selected iindividually. George Weil & Sons Ltd are unique in Surrey for carrying the full range in stock.

The pastels are made in the heart of the Northumberland National Park in England. It is a wild and beautiful part of north England, close to the Scottish border. The landscape is of rolling hills and moorland reaching up to the heights of the Cheviot Hills.

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