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Pencil 2nd April 2020



The object I have chosen is the pencil. It seems to be an ordinary item which can be easily overlooked. Also, it’s low tech so I don’t have to worry about low battery or internet connection.

This one accompany me very often. I use it to make notes or to sketch. It’s moving from my handbag or pocket to me desk.

It was given to me many years ago, and I don’t remember exactly the moment. What makes it special for me is softness of graphite it’s not to soft, it’s not too hard just right for me.

I can pick it up anytime and use it anywhere, it’s always ready.