Audio-Technica limited-edition slipmat for Ukraine

Audio-Technica has released 300 limited-edition slipmats featuring artwork by calligraphy and lettering artist Eugene Berd, who is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The company has revealed that 100 percent of the sales will be split evenly between the largest children’s hospital in Ukraine and the animal charity, UAnimals.

A-T told HFC: “The current events in Ukraine made Eugene look for expression in new forms, trying to connect people around the world and raise awareness about some of Ukraine’s iconic symbols — a blue/yellow palette of colours and flowers, representing peace and life. At the beginning of the war, Eugene’s Reddit post on ‘How do I prepare for a war?’ went viral, receiving thousands of comments and shares. Since then, he has also posted an acclaimed diary, which captures the harrowing updates from the invasion. For almost a decade Eugene has been mixing his lettering with traditional and digital expressive art. His mandala-like art pieces come from a long period of researching European and Arabic calligraphy and now he’s trying to bring these classical ideas into modern mediums, from old vinyl records to skateboards and mirrors.”

The 12in slipmat is 2mm thick (+/-0.5mm) and made from medium-density felt. It is glazed on the printed side, providing extra slip and rigidity while remaining smooth.

Available to buy now for £12, you can find out more about the slipmat here.