Charles van Sandwyk tells a Christmas story in July.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Charles van Sandwyk showed artistic talent at a young age, proving to be an exceptional calligrapher in elementary school before going on to develop a unique style etching copper plates as a teenager, after his family emigrated to Vancouver, Canada.
Backpacking in his late teens, Charles found himself in Fiji, connecting deeply with the locals and, eventually, building a home on the island of Tavewa where he lived in a straw hut for ten years. His experiences on this island as well as education in his youth shaped Charles’ appreciation for ancient living skills and a poetic way of life.
Now in Vancouver, Charles has brought that heritage with him, continuing to live minimally and mentor others in the art of bookbinding. In this talk, Charles discusses his craft, art, illustrations, the process of book making and tells a Christmas story.