Make Ink is a beautiful and surprisingly exciting book. The idea of turning debris into art is nothing new, but author Jason Logan brings a sense of exploration and wonder to the process. He makes ink making seem approachable and encourages experimentation. For the artistic and the crafty, Make Ink could open a new realm for your art. Recommended By Tracey T., Powells.com
Make Ink is a beautiful, inspiring, and informative introduction to the process of turning natural ingredients into writing and drawing materials. It's chock-full of info on foraging and supplies, as well as some truly swoonworthy photos. Get ready for your crafty new hobby, this one's a winner! Recommended By Leah C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Toronto Ink Company was founded in 2014 by designer and artist Jason
Logan as a citizen science experiment to make eco-friendly, urban ink
from street-harvested pigments. In
Ink, Logan delves into the history of inkmaking and the science
of distilling pigment from the natural world.
Readers will learn how to
forage for materials such as soot, rust, cigarette butts, peach pits,
and black walnut, then how to mix, test, and transform these ingredients
into rich, vibrant inks that are sensitive to both place and
environment. Organized by color, and featuring lovely minimalist
Make Ink combines science, art, and craft to instill the basics
of ink making and demonstrate the beauty and necessity of engaging with
one of mankind's oldest tools of communication.
"Logan's artful test sheets hold their own alongside works by Marcel Dzama, Margaret Atwood,
Leanne Shapton and others, all made with his inks." Wall Street
"In his new book,
Make Ink: A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking, Logan demystifies the process, encouraging experimentation and taking a fresh look at urban environments." NPR
essays about foraging for copper under bridges in Harlem, or scouring
for berries at the beach, will make you want to go outside and be a
magpie." Forbes, Most
Giftable Coffee Table Books
About the Author
Toronto Ink Company founder
Jason Logan is an internationally recognized designer, creative director, author, and artist. His illustrations appear regularly in the
New York Times and his fine art has been exhibited in New York
City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and the Yukon. His work has been recognized
by the AIGA, SPD, the Centre for Social Innovation, and the Canada
Council for the Arts.
Michael Ondaatje is a celebrated poet, novelist, editor, and filmmaker, best known for his 1992 Booker Prize-winning novel
The English Patient.