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Co-presented with Craft Ontario

City and Colour: A Mobile Ink Factory Workshop

with Jason Logan of Toronto Ink Co

Sunday June 11
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $80 + $10 materials fee + HST
Maximum 12 students


A short introduction to Jason Logan and the Toronto Ink Company is followed by a history and definition of ink and ink making tools and an introduction to native and invasive weeds of Toronto, as well as other street harvested materials that can help make colour from a city. This will be followed by a brief demonstration on making several kinds of natural inks. The rest of the workshop is a hands-on exploration of the materials and tools of ink making. You will learn and experiment with sorting, grinding, mixing, boiling, straining, binding and intensifying colour from street harvested sources. You will also be given a bottle and label to package, name, and define the encapsulation of a natural landscape. Finally you will have the opportunity to test out your inks on a variety of beautiful Japanese and European papers, while the group shares findings and experiences. Participants take home their own bottle of ink, a souvenir of place, time, materials, mood and newfound knowledge. All ages welcome. Note: please wear clothing that you don't mind staining.

Toronto Ink Company

Founded in 2014, The Toronto Ink Company is a collaborative, citizen-science experiment to harvest colour from the built, wild, and hybrid landscapes. The Toronto Ink Company works on all scales from bottled pigments and ink tests to collaborative projects with poets, artists, designers, filmmakers, and architects. The inks have been tested by artists, illustrators, and experimenters around the world, from Berlin, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and Japan, to a National Geographic icebreaker in the Arctic. The ink tests are a visual record of the possibilities and interaction of hand-made inks on paper. Each ink test has been stabilized with a casein fixative, creating living archives that may crystallize, oxidize, or change colour over time. www.torontoinkcompany.com