Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Pen is Mightier

Courtesy of Timothy John Fine Arts

Timothy John is something of a legend among watch and pen enthusiasts, many of us discovering his artwork through his collaborations with watch and pen manufacturers.  The Australian artist has been active since 1979, and is known around the world for his fine art, notably that of his landscape works.

He has collaborated with Montegrappa, the Italian pen maker through some previous designs, but it is his latest effort that has caught the attention of many beyond the pen enthusiast, and as this is a very special and important piece, I am going to let Mr. John and Montegrappa tell you in their own words -


Pens against Parkinson’s

By Timothy John. For Parkinson’s research. 

The global symbol of Parkinson’s awareness is the centrepiece of a design championed and created by fine artist, Timothy John. Recently diagnosed with the debilitating disease, Timothy inspired us to seek out the collaboration of an organisation that Bloomberg cited as “the fulcrum on which Parkinson’s research pivots.” Proceeds from every purchase will help fund the Michael J. Fox Foundation and its efforts to accelerate the search for a cure.
Courtesy of Monntegrappa
Per Timothy John -

After I received my Parkinson's Disease diagnosis, I discussed with MONTEGRAPPA C.E.O. Giuseppe Aquila the possibility of creating a Montegrappa pen for global release, with part proceeds of all sales donated to a Parkinson's Disease Research Charity / Foundation.

Giuseppe was very enthusiastic about the idea and very supportive of my involvement as designer, encouraging me even though he knew I had doubts that my capabilities were somewhat limited due to tremors and bouts of depression because of my condition.

Courtesy of Montegrappa and Timothy John
While we were confident of producing a beautiful pen, we were unsure of where the money raised from sales would be directed.

After much research and due diligence, the Michael.J.Fox Foundation (MJFF) & TEAMFOXwere selected as our preferred partners.

MJFF is described by Bloomberg as “the fulcrum on which Parkinson’s research pivots”.

It is with great pride that I can now reveal the fruits of our efforts with the Montegrappa "TULIP FOR TEAM FOX" a selection of strikingly beautiful pens inspired by TEAMFOX colours, with the distinctive sculptural Tulip shaped clip designed by me.
The Tulip is the international symbol for Parkinson's Disease.
Courtesy of Montegrappa

Proceeds from every pen purchase will help fund the Michael J. Fox Foundation and its efforts to accelerate the search for a cure.

Available in 3 variations, of fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint, designed stand out and to exclaim loud and proud , support for medical research into Parkinson's Disease.

You can order the pen direct from Montegrappa here -

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