Journal 9′s Finder posted on her Facebook page about her Sharing Ink experience!
This afternoon I headed into ACMI to do drop 5. It’s interesting to drop works of art into institutions with roving security guards and staff members constantly on the prowl. You don’t want to be busted doing the drop and asked to take it back, or worse, leave the premises. So you have to loiter around while not looking like you’re loitering, and try not to look like you’re just waiting for everyone to look the other way so you can nick something.
It’s a delicate line to walk. But I managed it today quite nicely and dropped three more Journals out in the world…
Yesterday was the day for Journal 23 and Journal 9 to be returned by their Inscribers.
First up was a semi-breakfast meeting with the Inscriber of Journal 23. Over rather excellent coffee, we talked about various artforms which are usually classed as ‘highbrow’, the problems they have attracting a younger audience base and what (if anything) they are all doing to combat that. It was an interesting discussion, as one of the older guard of artforms, how would you attempt to connect and be relevant to younger generations who see you as so out of date? I’m not sure we solved the artworld’s problems but it was certainly a fascinating chat.
Next I headed out to Brusnwick, where the Inscriber of Journal 9 was sitting in an exhibition. By which I mean minding it, and not actually part of the exhibition itself. The opening had happened only a few nights before and this Inscriber was worried they’d frightened some people off by insistently offering beers to everyone who came in the door. The exhibition was awesome, a room filled with interesting work and I couldn’t help but buy a piece before we did the hand over! In the photo on the right, the Inscriber assured me that they were smiling behind their book.
So now Journal 23 and Journal 9 are ready to be Found next week!
Today I also wanted to highlight Ink and Spindle, the local screenprinting business that is responsible for the amazing material that make the unique Sharing Ink Journals covers.
Apart from their beautiful range of prints and their commitment to ethically produced and eco-friendly materials, Lara and Tegan are great believers in community and local artists. When I contacted them about the possibility of being part of Sharing Ink, they leapt at the chance to participate in a local art project.
This is Ink and Spindle’s 10 metre table, where they print all their distinctive and amazing fabrics. If you look closely at this photo, you might recognize the pattern, it can be seen (wholly or partly) on Journal 12, Journal 27, Journal 24, Journal 28, Journal 29, Journal 21, Journal 13, Journal 2, Journal 15, Journal 9 and Journal 10. But as you look on the Journals, you’ll notice the layers and layers of other patterns overprinted across the material. This is because the Sharing ink Journal material is actually material that Ink and Spindle lay down the protect their table from the screen printing process. This makes every Sharing Ink Journal unique, although there are patterns that appear again and again, it’s never the same collection of patterns on any inch of the material.
If you go to the Ink and Spindle website you’ll see all the patterns you’ve noticed on the Journals in all their glory.
I’d like to thank Ink and Spindle for their support, it is their material that gives this project it’s visual continuity and it is their generousness that has helped infuse the loveliness that is such a part of Sharing Ink.
This hand over was an adventure… It started with climbing a hill so steep that gum nuts dropping from every tree I passed rolled past my feet and away. I arrived at the house on the summit, which had a lovely gent who opened the door and a 7 foot monster sentry guarding the fridge. I met this Inscriber, who was still in their pajamas – robes fit for a sailor or pirate, and a crocheted wizard cape. We drank tea that didn’t taste of tea and milk that didn’t taste of milk, and we spoke of animals, newly discovered cellars and ancient wine presses, while birds dropped olives from the skies. This Inscriber proclaimed their love for the narwhal, who smiled gently at them from the cover of Journal 9.
Next, I traveled across town to meet the next Inscriber. We had agreed on a local hip cafe, worn wood and all day busy. The kitchen was releasing amazing smells, but we were here only for coffee. About an hour beforehand, this Inscriber had just had some good news publicly released, so throughout our conversation they were receiving texts, tweets and email congratulations, which was lovely. We spent some time chatting about Masters, PhDs and teaching, before I handed them Journal 23. Coffees finished, we said goodbye and the Inscriber pulled out their phone to see the whole screen filled with more messages! So nice!
The final hand over for the day was back in town, in the gold and red lush surroundings of a lush cafe. The waiters were lovely (although a little amused at my tired attempts at sentence structure) and I found that a lemon, lime and bitters works wonders to combat too many morning coffees. The Inscriber and I talked of poetry and PhDs and the ability of projects to clump together like shoals of fish.
Journal 24 has trams and bikes prominent on it’s cover, the Inscriber observed it’s a very Melbourne Journal!
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!)
Tuesday was a shorter day at Visible Studios, so only three Journals were sewn.
Journal 9 – Put a Narwhal on it!
Journal 10 – the first to use the new cotton Bakers twine, much softer than the older book binding thread.
Journal 11 features a number of the Ink and Spindle printing credits on it’s front cover in various interesting directions