This morning after a phone radio interview with Southern FM, I dashed into town for the hand overs of Journal 18 and Journal 28. The Inscriber for Journal 18 arrived first, accompanied by their tiny month old baby. I handed over the Journal, and we had a chat about the project, and then chatted about art and making – projects, works and families. The Inscriber pulled a cloth bag out of their backpack to put the Journal in, created from Japanese inspired material in a range of beautiful colours including gold. I remarked on just how beautiful the bag was, and the Inscriber said – “If you want beautiful things, you have to make them yourself!”. This idea aligns so well with Sharing Ink, the idea that the most beautiful things are the heartfelt handmade creations rather than the mass produced items created in terrible conditions by people being paid pittance. These Journals are hand made from locally sourced materials and two or more strangers have collaborated to produce a beautiful moment and a lovely item for the finder.
Soon after, Journal 28′s Inscriber arrived. We sat around and chatted about art as a business and how universities so often teach people how to make the art but totally neglect the business side of things. It’s great to be able to paint/ draw/ make, but how to you write a proposal? Or a quote? How much should you charge? All of these things are so hard to work out when you’re an emerging artist. This meeting was a quick one, unfortunately I had another meeting after this, so I had to leave, but the Inscriber was still flicking carefully through the blank pages as I was leaving. There’s something so very tactile about these Journals, they just make you want to run your fingers over them again and again!