Poetic Pastel & Poetic Pastel Press

Poetic Pastel (est. 2014) is an artist-led, collaborative, independent cultural initiative with multiple forms. Artist Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck founded Poetic Pastel, rooted in the joy and strength of togetherness.

In tune with the deep ecology movement and focusing on Art, Publishing, Textiles and Gardening, Poetic Pastel is an open conversation inspired by natural elements, warm memories, rhythm, colours, feelings, relationships, literature, poetry, tea culture and daily life. Poetic Pastel’s various projects result in exhibitions, gatherings, performances, writings, research, publications, contributions, textiles and quotidian objects. Poetic Pastel hopes to help restore respect for and appreciation of nature. We also wish to highlight that humans are part of nature.

Poetic Pastel is the home of a small publishing house, Poetic Pastel Press, which publishes, amongst others Journal du Thé—Contemporary Tea Culture. The value and ethics of Poetic Pastel are also found in its free public nomadic arts and horticulture project, The Gardening Drawing Club. The Poetic Pastel Studio, with a team of three and its allotment, reside in rural Oxfordshire, England.

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March 2024
Poetic Pastel Press

Memories of Journal du Thé—Contemporary Tea Culture‘s Seoul’s Get-Together back in September 2023 .

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January 2024
The Gardening Drawing Club
Edge Effects at Whitechapel Gallery

This new exhibition includes artworks in the form of drawings and plant arrangements created by primary and secondary school children last autumn, expending on The Gardening Drawing Club and the sensibilities and skills explored through the project.

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November 2023
Poetic Pastel Press

Jatinder Singh Durhailay
Growing Long, Growing Deep
ISBN 978-1-3999-6814-0

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July 2023
The Gardening Drawing Club

A new short film about the projet’s one-year exploration at the scale of a primary school on invitation of Camden Art Centre.

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June 2023
Poetic Pastel Press

Journal du Thé
Contemporary Tea Culture
Chapter 4

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January 2023
Poetic Pastel Press

Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
Dreaming About Tomorrow
ISBN 978-1-3999-4407-6

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