And last night I headed into town for the final hand back from an Inscriber. Journal 29 was given to this Inscriber fairly late into the piece as the Inscriber had been super busy with their own project. But by last night it was finished and ready to hand back.
So Journal 29 is now on the towering pile of beautifully Inscribed Journals, ready to be found by someone..
I do hope it’ll be you!
After doing Drop 2 this morning, I headed into the State Library to meet with Journal 4′s Inscriber. They suggested I meet them in the Red Room, which is the portrait room near the Redmond Barry library. This Inscriber mentioned that they’d done some research a few years ago on and mentioned two of the designers of the Melbourne city grid. Although one of the designer’s portraits wasn’t currently hanging in the Red Room, the other was and the Inscriber requested being photographed in front of it. So the old man peering over the top of the Inscriber’s head is one of the gents responsible for the way Melbourne CBD streets are laid out.
I love a history lesson
This afternoon, after doing the first Sharing Ink drop I headed over to retrieve one of the last Journals from an Inscriber, Journal 13. This Inscriber had the afternoon off, so I dropped by their lovely flat, filled to the brim with music and books. That’s just the kind of house I love! This Inscriber related that they had left Journal 13 on their coffee table since I’d given it to them, to let the Inscription idea percolate. They had their seed but wanted to roll it around for a while, which seems to be a technique used by a number of Inscribers.
It was a quick exchange (I didn’t want to take up too much of their afternoon off!) and then I was off back out the door to continue on the Sharing Ink adventure.
Today, flying in via post, was Journal 3. It’s Inscriber is currently off on an art filled adventure and had taken their Journal with them. To post it back, they had to make a special trip via boat to the post office! It arrived safe and sound and is now in the pile of Journals waiting to go out…
Then, around noon, I went in to RRR to chat to alicia sometimes about Sharing Ink on her radio show Aural Text. While there I met with an Inscriber to return their Journal. These two things were in no way related!
Today I was running a playtest for Pop Up Playground and a couple of the Inscribers came along for fun, games and a hand back or two! First up was Journal 19′s Inscriber. They had wrapped it in some brown paper and tied it with string! How lovely is that?
A few minutes later, Journal 14′s
Inscriber bounded through the door. This Inscriber was a little late, so the exchange was done quite quickly so they could start playing some games…
So Journal 14 and 19 are now ready to be released next week!
Yesterday I settled into a comfy chair at The Moat cafe for 3 back to back meetings with Inscribers. First up was Journal 24′s Inscriber. We chatted about the difficulties of naming pets and various ways to organise your books at home. This Inscriber for a while had them all arranged by colour, which meant that occasionally they went to op shops looking for 50c books with the right spine colour to enhance the overall visual of their library. Nowadays, this Inscriber organises it by which writers might have been friends with which other writers, assuming they’d all been alive and in the same pub at the same time. I like to organise mine by subject and then height, tallest closest to the edge and sloping down to the middle, which means I can stick more stuff on top of the books. My shelves are rather cluttered, there’s a lot of tiny art and sculptures which live all through out and inbetween (and on top of) the books.
Next, I received a flying visit from Journal 1′s Inscriber. This Inscriber took their Journal on a world wide adventure with them, Journal 1 has been to around 5 different countries! This Inscriber was heading off to do something they’d always wanted to do, but they were running late for it, so with promises of coffees next time, they had to scarper!
So now, Journal 24 and Journal 1 are ready to go out and be found by someone in the Melbourne CBD next week…
This morning I entered into the slightly breezy Atrium at Fed Square to meet up with Journal 18′s Inscriber. We chatted about art, about finding time for all the different things life throws at you in a day and about the importance of feedback for an artist, how hard it can be to make work without ever knowing how it’s being received.
The Inscriber then handed back Journal 18, which is now ready to be released starting August 1.
If you’re in the Melbourne CBD around this time, keep an eye out and you may spot one for yourself!
This morning I trekked through the suburbs to a truly beautiful council library which had a fancy little cafe in it’s foyer. Here I met Journal 30′s Inscriber over coffee. We chatted about our various weekend adventures, someone went away to a trade fair, someone spent the weekend as a visitor in hospital. We chatted about art and art galleries, participating in and organizing exhibitions and of dodgy meat pies. Then I received back Journal 30, ready to be found by someone in August. We’re getting so close!
Next I high-tailed it to Bridge Rd where I was meeting Journal 25′s Inscriber. I walked the length of the street, and most of the old buildings have little historical markers saying who first set up what shop on that site. There were an awful lot of butchers back then, and almost as many boot makers. Fittingly enough there were also 3 different book sellers and libraries back then (clearly you couldn’t have one without the other). I met the Inscriber in another lovely cafe and we chatted about teaching and classes and book making. This Inscriber showed a class of teenagers their Journal and spoke a little about the project and the students were really keen on it (how nice is that?). I have promised this Inscriber that I’ll teach them how to make books so they can teach their students. And so the project continues, long after the final Sharing Ink journal is put out in the world.
Interestingly enough, both Inscribers put their Journals at the same spot for me to take the photo – peeking over the top and both shared similar ideas in the inscription although they don’t know each other! The different takes of the various Inscribers are always really interesting…
This afternoon I headed to the other end of town to retrieve Journal 21 from it’s Inscriber. I headed back into the beautiful building and headed up to the right floor. I think this Inscriber’s assistant know why I was there, as they seemed almost as excited as the Inscriber themselves!
We had a quick chat and then Journal 21 was returned.
This was only the second time I had met this Inscriber (the first was when I delivered the Journal earlier) and I am constantly amazed at just how lovely all the Inscribers are. It’s truly touching that all these amazing people are so keen to help do something lovely for a stranger.
Thank you all!
On Sunday, we (Pop Up Playground) were running a game in the State Library of Victoria for their Carnival of Curiosity. We were going to be there all day, so this Inscriber decided to drop by, check out all the interesting events going on and to hand back Journal 12.
They found us about halfway during the day, and removed from their backpack a paper bag, in which was Journal 12. They had wanted to protect the Journal from anything else that might be crashing around in their bag.
I’ve found this is an reoccurring sentiment from the Inscribers, that they’re all looking to protect and take care of the Journals while they have them, which I think is lovely.
Journal 12 is now ready to be put out in the CBD from the 1 – 10 August. I hope you find one!