I was recently in need of a paint box and decided to go with a vintage Jullian box. The box was constructed back when the company still was made in France so I knew the quality would be great. And as an added bonus, it came with the original solid wood palette, which is another rarity these days.
I've been collecting and using vintage supplies for a long time now and the quality of these items never ceases to impress me. It's sad that the majority of artist's tools (and pretty much everything) made nowadays is disposable. I bought a new Jullian Rexy watercolor easel a while ago and the quality is terrible; the wood is cheap and it doesn't even fit into the carrying case properly. It's clear to me that the quality between the old Jullian easels and the new ones is night and day.
I know that I'm fighting against the modern tide, but using these quality tools bring me joy. And it's not just painting, but everything involved with general day-to-day living. Even the way we communicate with one another is low-quality. It's hard to describe the feeling, but I'm often left with a hollow feeling when my friends text me instead of calling me or writing me a letter. And I have this same hollow feeling when I use cheap quality materials to create my paintings. However, I see glimmers of a resurgence in handmade items and I'll keep doing my best to promote quality craftsmanship. In the meantime, I'll keep buying vintage.
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