So It’s been close to a week since I dropped the last Journal, close to a week since the last Finder responded, and I have been thinking about the project and it’s effects.
One of the huge things that struck me about Sharing Ink was the generosity of the people involved. From the amazing Ink and Spindle ladies who gave me all of the material to cover the Journals, through to the awesome Inscribers who were each so keen to be part of the project and who gave so freely of their time, to the beautiful Sassy Red and Public Studio who did such amazing things to promote it, and to the overwhelming support I’ve had from the general public, not only those keen to find a Journal, but those who simply let me know how much they liked the project.
I also loved the beauty that it uncovered in people. The touching and beautiful stories of the finders and the heart-achingly honest inscriptions were so humbling to receive and read.
It’s been a beautiful thing to be a part of. And it’s so wonderful to be able to make a difference, however small, in so many people’s lives. It’s a joyous thing, to make a gift for someone you love. It’s a slightly more nerve-racking but just as joyous thing to make a gift to leave out in the streets.
To everyone who got in contact, to everyone who was a part of it, everyone who helped out along the way, to everyone who found a Journal and to everyone who wished they could, I say thank you. Thank you for making this project so damn amazing!
The Public Studio is a multidisciplinary artistic and creative practice that works predominantly out of Melbourne, Australia. Nicholas Coghlan & Ming-Zhu Hii are a husband-wife team: multidisciplinary artists and producers with high aesthetic imperatives and over two decades of professional experience in storytelling, installation, performance, writing, theatre and film direction, event and project management, publishing, art and design retail, marketing strategy, and corporate and communications training.
Ming-Zhu and Nicholas are responsible for the beautiful mini documentary on Sharing Ink. I was so thrilled and humbled to have them work their magic on my project.
I’ve been super lucky to have the lovely Eleanor, the one woman force of nature behind Sassy Red PR on board for Sharing Ink. I decided fairly early on for this project that since the whole point was to spread the idea of loveliness as far as I could, that having a publicist on board would be a really important part of that.
From the moment I contacted her about being part of Sharing Ink, Eleanor has been super enthusiastic about the project, the goals and the works themselves. She instantly got me, my project and my publicity needs. Eleanor’s been amazing to work with, answers novice questions with speed, patience and kindness and is amazingly organised, which is awesome for a public artist who occasionally needs some outside organising!
If you’re a local Melbourne artist who has an important project coming up in any discipline and think that a bit of publicity is just what your work needs, go grab a coffee with Eleanor and find out the possibilities!
Sarah Walker is a photographer specialising in providing promotional and production imagery for the mad world that is the Melbourne independent theatre scene. She has been shooting professionally for four years, having started as an actor and meandered through lighting design, set design, technical operation and a myriad of other theatrical odd jobs before finally accepting that her skills lay best behind the camera. She is photographer-in-residence for a variety of Melbourne theatre companies, including MKA, Red Stitch, Attic Erratic, Quiet Little Fox, Polyglot and Pop-Up Playground. She has shot across the spectrum of arts in Melbourne, from tiny one-person shows in bars to works at the Malthouse and MTC. Sarah has a masochistic streak that sees her regularly take on ridiculous year long photographic projects, the most recent of which was titled ‘Clutch’, during which she shot a photo every day with an incorporated piece of text – a quote, a song lyric, a snatch of overheard conversation. The project became enormously successful, featured hundreds of individuals and gave rise to the exclamation ‘That’s totally a Clutch quote!’ in her friendship circle, which was equal parts embarrassing and awesome.
Sarah’s work can be found at www.sarahwalkerphotos.com