In a society consumed with technological advancement lies a refreshing beauty in the simple stroke of black ink on paper. My latest Tiny Original was inspired by a beautiful piece of literature from The Road, by Cormac McCarthy:
“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
Our very first Ink & Gather workshop took place on Saturday 6 August 2016 thanks to the immeasurably talented husband and wife team, Grant and Lynn, who created Makers and invited me to be a part of it. We all gathered at the Prestwich Collection headquarters at Mason’s Press and spent four and a half hours creating beautiful drawings together. The only teaching experience I have had was in fourth year of art school helping the third years create fashion animations for the fashion students so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Being able to share my knowledge of ink drawing, the process that I have developed and talking fellow creatives through drawing with the right side of their brains was immensely rewarding. We had the most incredible group of people ranging from absolute beginners to some seriously talented folks.