Anyone who knows us knows that we’re all over anything to do with ink and handwriting and slow writing, and so when Ryan Couldrey, a Toronto-based filmmaker, approached us with the possibility of helping him with his new short film on ink, of course we said yes. I think really I said yes on behalf of Jon, but you know, we got married, so two becomes one.
Ryan just released his film, titled “Ink – Written by Hand” and it’s a wonderful story and commentary on handwriting featuring Tanja Tiziana, a freelance photographer also based out of Toronto, coincidentally also a favourite customer of ours here at Wonder Pens. You can see extra footage and details on Ryan’s website.
The film follows Tanja through how she became interested in handwriting and her pens and inks and writing tools, and the meaning and significance of writing by hand these days. There are some beautiful shots of old postcards and that flowing script of earlier years, but also some close ups of Tanja’s calligraphy in action that I admit to having paused and re-watched more than a few times.
Not long ago, handwriting was taken for granted as something anyone could generally do well. Today, children are taught how to type on tablets – putting pen to paper is an afterthought. INK follows Tanja Tiziana – a freelance photographer in Toronto, Canada – and her journey to rediscover the written word.
What I really love about this film, though, is that it’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking narrative on the learning of handwriting and the process of words traveling from your mind to the paper in front of you. Along with the beauty of careful and practised handwriting, it’s about the slowness and the patience and the tactile nature of writing.
I loved the comment near the beginning about how pausing too long when you’re in deep thought or you’re trying to think of something while using a piece of technology will put your iPad or your phone to sleep – there really is almost such a rush and a need for instant gratification when using technology sometimes. Slowing down in an effort to enrich and deepen your thoughts and how you travel through life.
I love that this film has taken the time to appreciate something like handwriting that may or may not be slowly disappearing, and to wonder about its place in the world. And, if you look closely, you may also recognize something familiar! Our old 906 shop appears briefly, with Jon playing a cameo. He looks as scruffy and handsome as always 😉
To celebrate this film, Ryan has generously sponsored a giveaway – a chance to win:
– a bottle of Noodler’s Black, Tanja’s ink of choice
– SNOW, a copy of Ryan’s feature-film adaptation of the hit graphic novel, and
– a bottle of Noodler’s Raven Black, their newest black ink, a Canadian exclusive
To enter, watch the film, and leave a comment. Share your favourite part, a question you might have, something that was interesting for you to note.
1. Contest closes 11:59 EST July 13th.
2. The randomly selected winner will be announced July 14th, and have three days to contact us.
3. Shipping within Canada only. Good luck!