Journal 5′s Finder responded on the Sharing Ink Facebook page!
“Arrived from Northern NSW. Catching up with friends. Sat down on a bench to rest my weary bones and find a lovely journal outside the state library. Heading to Canberra on an overnight bus at 8PM. What will I leave behind?”
Lovely to know Journal 5 found a good home
This morning I wanted to revist the three places where I’d met most of the Inscribers. So I headed back into The Moat and Mr Tulk cafes, which flank either side of the State Library of Victoria, which just happens to be third on the list of meeting places. Journal 5′s Inscriber wanted to do the drop with me, in a place that related to their Inscription and experience, so we met on the steps and did the drop together.
Journal 12 Handover
Yesterday I was in Richmond running a playtest for the games company we run, Pop Up Playground. It was a perfect time for a couple of the Inscribers to drop by, get given their Journals and play a couple of games with us as well. The first Inscriber to visit was Journal 12′s Inscriber. They came and received their Journal, which was safely stowed in their bag just in time to attempt to save the world from an evil super villain.
Journal 19 Handover
Next up was Journal 19′s Inscriber. They arrived minutes after Journal 12′s Inscriber and was handed their book. Journal 19 was carefully slotted into their well packed bag, then the two Inscribers teamed up to try to save the world. Unfortunately, despite their valiant attempts (the the attempts of the other 20 people in the game) the super villain won this round, cause the apocalypse and laughed evilly over the smoldering ruins of the planet. As super villains are wont to do.
Journal 8 Handover
Journal 8′s Inscriber dropped by, unfortunately they couldn’t stay for the fun and games, they had a talk to present. But they loved Journal 8, they were very keen on the intersecting patterns. You can just see the bikes and tram under their hands in the photo.
Journal 5 Handover
Lastly, Journal 5′s Inscriber arrived, a little late but all good. This Inscriber loved the art deco feel to the covers, and placed the Journal carefully on their belongings before diving into the next game, helping a spy academy churn out top spies in under five minutes.
And this is currently my desk. Although it looks chaotic there’s actually method in the madness. At the front is the final cover being glued, Journal 30.
Just behind that are two flat stacks of covers waiting to be sewn together with pages at the left, which are sorted into piles of 12 and folded (you can see Journal 24′s cover at the top of the front pile – this photo was taken about halfway through the day. The Journal on the top of the other pile hasn’t been sewn together yet, so doesn’t have a number).
Behind the covers are two piles of finished Journals, waiting to be given to Inscribers (Journals 5 and 9 are on the top of those piles).
At the left side around the middle of the frame are two of the Journals that have been handed back by the Inscribers and are now ready and waiting to go out. Journal 2 is at the front, behind that is Journal 11.
Phew! But I can’t wait until all the Journals are in the ‘ready to go out’ pile
I’ve had two big days of sewing Journals, and I’m almost finished this part of the project, which is nice! I’m super keen to continue handing out the Journals to their Inscribers and getting them back, ready to put out on the streets in August. In the mean time, have a look at the newest batch…
Journal 19′s overprinted patterns work really well together
The orange ferns underneath the trams makes me wonder at this Journal’s story
I love the blank space at the top right hand corner of this Journal
The photo doesn’t do justice to the incredible vividness of the orange on this Journal’s cover
The white branches snake over this Journal back and front
I love the really subtle white keys on this journal (look closely!)
Monday was a very productive day at Visible Studios, I created 4 Journals, inbetween chatting to artists and having visitors drop by.
Journal 5 invoked Art Nouveau with it’s beautiful blue flower shapes
I love the Ink and Spindle lettering on the front of Journal 6
Journal 7 seems quite busy but the overprints work really well together here.
Journal 8 with it’s white trams and bikes