I was talking to Melbourne craftivist Rayna Fahey the other day and she mentioned her views on patching of clothes, of which she’s very much in favour of. She said she likes to choose materials of different colours to patch an item, to show it has been patched and thus wear it’s history and it’s story proudly on it’s sleeve. So to speak.
And I thought that was so beautiful, that you can read an object’s history in it’s wear and tear, in it’s patches and mends.
That brings me to Journal 22. The handmade paper I’ve used for the Journals differ in thickness and softness, which is one of the beautiful things about it’s nature – it is handmade, which means each one is different, each page is unique. I was aware of it while sewing the Journals together though, on some of the pages I needed to be very gentle to ensure I didn’t tear through with the thread. On a couple of the Journals, it happened anyway, but that was ok, again, it’s the nature of the handmade that sometimes it’s a little wonky or whatever.
But Journal 22 got a little away from me, clearly. When I picked it up this morning I noticed that the bottom stitches had torn through a couple of the pages and as a result, the bottom of the book was very VERY loose and I was a little worried about it. I had to repair it, that was certain. But I thought back to my conversation with Rayna and decided instead of using white thread to match the original stitching, I would go with black to compliment the colour of the pen used in the Inscription.
So here is Journal 22, fixed, tight and beautiful, proudly wearing the story of it’s creation and life on it’s spine and ready to be Dropped today at the State Library.
Ladies and gents, we are prepared!
Let me explain – to make a book, the three things you need is paper, cardboard for the cover and material to cover said cover. Because I want these books to embody the handmade nature of the whole Sharing Ink experience, it was important to ensure that as much as I could manage it, the materials were also handmade.
Now, I could have handmade paper for these books, but I’ve tried that and my paper always turns out super lumpy. Like, unable to make nice flat books lumpy and instead have you thought about using this paper for toy car speed humps type lumpy. So making the paper myself was out of the question. But years ago I came across a paper mill in Bendigo (which makes it local as well – double points!) which hand makes paper to an incredibly high standard. It’s called Watermark Paper Mill and it provides jobs for people with intellectual disabilities. So that’s where I sourced my paper.
The cardboard was not handmade, but was purchased from a local art store rather than a big chain store.
The material cover is hand printed, but again, not by me. Instead the material for the covers has been donated to me by the amazing Ink and Spindle indy screen printing business in Kensington. I can screen print, but nothing compared to Teegs and Lara. The material they’ve given me is incredibly beautiful and totally unique – it’s the material they use to protect their screen printing table, so it gets overprinted every which way with their incredible designs. It’s almost waste product to them, but to me, it’s priceless.
I’ve had the material for a while now, and I bought the card a few weeks ago, but today the paper arrived from Watermark… I’m so excited, I’m now all ready to make!
Delivery has just arrived!