Atramentum: Artisan Ink — by Tim McLaughlin.
Tim has been interested in natural colour since he began working for Maiwa Handprints Ltd. 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. Some of Charllotte’s enthusiasm for natural colour must have rubbed off on him, because for several years 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 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.
Years ago Tim received a Masters Degree in Philosophy of Science from the University of Western Ontario, an education he now applies to the study of inks and natural dyes. He has completed two residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has recently began to teach ink making workshops for The Maiwa School of Textiles.