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Artisan Ink & The New Calligraphers

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 Johnston Street Vancouver BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Tim McLaughlin

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

The study of natural dyes leads directly to the creation of handmade pigments and inks. Join inkmaker Tim McLaughlin as he leads the audience through this colourful new territory and sets the stage both historically and culturally for the rise of handmade ink. Tim will introduce the new calligraphers—those who have dedicated themselves to return to handwritten scripts and who are making ink central to their practice. In addition, Tim will introduce artists who are using ink in new ways, as well as those who are using the ink-making process itself as a creative act.

Tim will also teach a workshop and co-present a second lecture. 

Tim McLaughlin

Tim has been interested in natural colour since he began working for Maiwa as a graphic designer in 2002. Together with Charllotte Kwon he has written and co-directed two documentaries on natural dyes: Indigo: A World of Blue and In Search of Lost Colour: The Story of Natural Dyes. Recently he has been rethinking the study of natural dyes in a fine-arts context: how to use natural dyes to make inks, paints, and pigments.

Tim has also worked as a writer, graphic designer, and photographer. His portraits of Banjara women can be found in Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe, published in 2016 by Thames and Hudson and co-authored by Tim with Charllotte Kwon.

His ink-related interests may be found at and on Instagram at @artisan_ink.

Earlier Event: September 13
Five Artisans Exhibition
Later Event: September 18
Tactile Notebooks & The Written Word