TEXTILES SUMMER SESSION 2
JUNE 4–16, 2023
Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin
The Inkmaker’s Pen
Students will learn to prepare a variety of inks from classic ink-making traditions, including iron gall, dye-based, and pigmented inks. We’ll create colorful lake pigments from natural dyes and use them alone and in combinations. Students will also learn to extract colorants from plants and work with foraged materials. We’ll use these inks to discover the basics of pointed pen (flex) writing with dip nibs and to experiment with reed and quill pens and work with brushes and washes. Some time will be spent considering works on paper, sketchbooks, journals, and the role of writing in artistic expression as we explore the incredible potential of pen and ink for developing a personal hand. All levels. Third-floor studio.
Note: the studio fee for this workshop is estimated at $250-300 per student.
Charllotte: founder of Maiwa School of Textiles (Vancouver, Canada) and owner of Maiwa Handprints; co-producer of four documentary films and a number of print publications; has traveled the world, studying, teaching, and working with artists using traditional techniques in India, Peru, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Canada; honorary doctorate from University of Fraser Valley (BC); Robert Jekyll Award for Leadership in Craft (Canada).
Tim: artist, writer, photographer, and a founding director of Maiwa School of Textiles where he teaches ink making, chemistry, and the history of natural dyes; has kept journals for 40 years as a long-term project in book arts; has also been active in experimental radio, hypertext fiction, graphic design, book production, and documentary film.