Jason Logan is founder of The Toronto Ink Company, and a designer, writer, illustrator and ink-maker who crafts artist-quality ink from pigment-producing trees, weeds, plants and decaying products of architecture and industry — like rusty nails and crumbling sheetrock — that can be found in urban streets, parks and back alleys. Logan mixes up his small-batch inks in his kitchen and adds food-grade shellac flakes and Canadian Shield wintergreen to many of his pigments.
His book, MAKE INK has captivated a global audience with its clean, contemporary feel and decidedly literary bent. The book shares ink recipes for sap green, pokeweed magenta, copper oxide blue, wild grape purple, gypsum white, and more, and gives a window to Logan’s foraging walks in the back streets and forgotten urbanscapes of Toronto and other cities. His work uses street foraging as a jumping off point for thinking about community, innovation, and connection to the beauty underfoot.
You can read a Wild Pigment Project review of MAKE INK here.
Watch Logan paint peoples’ emotions on the New York Times Facebook Live here.