French designer Jonathan Bréchignac used to work in an ad agency, where art was created as a commodity and had a short life span. In response to this fleetingness, Bréchignac began creating illustrations that required more time.
“I wanted to work every day on the same drawing, to make each and every day a little part of a bigger thing,” Bréchignac told to Co.Design.
This inspired him to begin creating large-scale illustrations of highly intricate quilts that resemble Muslim prayer carpets. These Islamic carpets are noble and geometrically pure, a perfect subject for the artist, who uses the drawing process as a type of meditation for clearing his mind.
Bréchignac chose to use Bic pens exclusively as his medium, because, as he sees it, these pens “represent the universality of art itself.”
The quilt designs are not sketched out beforehand. Every shape, every line, every curve is the product of in-the-moment inspiration. The quilts can take up to a year and a half to complete and are as much a piece of the artist as his own hand is.