Ly­dia Kwa

Geist - - Features - —Roni Simunovic LY­DIA KWA

Ink stamp po­etry

These images are se­lected from lin­guis­tic tantrums, a series of twelve ink on pa­per prints pro­duced by Ly­dia Kwa.

In 2012, Kwa ac­quired the trays of mis­cel­la­neous foundry type used to cre­ate lin­guis­tic tantrums from Ho Sun Hing, the old­est Chi­nese print shop in Canada. The Lam fam­ily, who had run the shop in Chi­na­town in Van­cou­ver for 106 years, were sell­ing off their let­ter­press equip­ment as the com­pany went out of busi­ness due to a de­cline in de­mand for the high-end print­ing Ho Sun Hing spe­cial­ized in.

Kwa in­di­vid­u­ally inked and hand stamped the lead type onto card stock and Chi­nese fu­neral pa­per, and wrote a cou­plet to go with each. The re­sult­ing pieces were shown at Cen­tre A gallery in Van­cou­ver in 2014, and serves as a trib­ute to Ho Sun Hing and the neigh­bour­hood’s his­tory. Ly­dia Kwa is a psy­chol­o­gist and the au­thor of The Walk­ing Boy, sin­u­ous and Pulse. She lives in Van­cou­ver.

miss­ing u for that har­mo­nious vibe

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