Pastels That Are A True Work Of Art, Themselves!
Unison Soft Pastels, developed by British artist John Hersey, began in the early ‘80s when he could not find the working qualities he was looking for in the factory-made pastels that were on the market. Hersey was disappointed that the mass-produced pastels broke too easily, were not consistent in texture, and didn’t suit his colour vision as a painter. For several years he worked on handmade methods of production, the texture of his pigments in mixtures, and creating sensible colour sequences. Once he finally felt satisfied and presented his pastels publicly, they were met with immediate enthusiasm!
Unison Colour is based in the Northumberland National Park in England. The business began in the early 1980s, when artist John Hersey found that mass produced factory made pastels simply did not offer the qualities he was looking for. Despite manufacturing over half a million individual sticks a year the pastels are still completely handmade and retain all the qualities of the originals. They are mixed to John’s meticulous recipes and are based on traditional pigments such as cadmiums, cobalts and natural and synthetic earths. The difference in the manufacturing process, hand rolling rather than extrusion, gives Unison Colour Soft Pastels a unique texture, delivering a consistency of response across the colour spectrum that is unmatched and that is loved by artists.