Gorge artists workshop stories with Black Ink
MOSSMAN Gorge community members have been working closely with Black Ink Press this week to develop their own story books.
Working alongside emerging and published authors, a group of 15 members put their pens to paper in “the shed” to complete two Black Ink Press workshops on Monday and Tuesday.
Black Ink Press is a communitybased Indigenous publishing venture based in Townsville and Far North Queensland who mentor emerging writers.
The workshops show people how to start stories by considering the audience, creating a storyboard to find the story, shaping the words they want to use and the images to illustrate them.
Black Ink Press co-ordinator Jeanie Adams and Mossman Gorge Art Centre manager Jean- nie Heynatz were delighted to see the members actively participate in the activities.
“The members have really enjoyed the workshops and have produced very creative storyboards,” Mrs Heynatz said. “We are hoping to continue this work in the future where people can come down to the shed one day a week and work on their stories.”
The pair invited a variety of local published authors to work closely with the members includ- ing published author Esther Fischer from Mossman and local published illustrator Lillian Fourmile.
“My son Trevor Fourmile wrote two books, including How The Cassowary Got Its Helmet and Bajirriga The Turtle, which I illustrated,” she said.
“All of the members here are artists in their own right and I think they are teaching me a few things about sketching.”
Learning the trade: Mossman Gorge artists at theBlack Ink Press workshop