The Golden Ratio is a mathematical ratio is everywhere but most often found in nature, art, and design. The most common place everyone experiences the ratio is in the spiral of a seashell, the uncurling of a fern, and many other natural structures. The ratio gives the world around us composition and symmetry that, for reasons we don’t fully understand, we find beautiful. When applied to the arts, it becomes a tool for creating balanced, organic works.
In University we were introduced to the Golden Ratio and the sound of it can be heard in the arrangements of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach. It can be felt in the syllabic patterns of Sanskrit poetry. It is in the works of artists and architects from Salvador Dali to Frank Lloyd Wright. It can even be applied in your day to day life by framing a portrait using photography’s “Rule of Thirds.”
The Blackwing 55 celebrates the Golden Ratio. It’s a reminder to slow down and savor the beauty around us. Each pencil contains our balanced graphite and features a design inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, a series of numbers that approximate the Golden Ratio. The width of each color block is the sum of the widths of the previous two color blocks (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, & 55mm). A simple formula with a magnificent result.
(photos & prose c/o Blackwing)