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.
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