About Sharing Ink

Sharing Ink is a Guerrilla Kindness work by public artist Sayraphim Lothian.

30 handmade books will be given to 30 local writers and artists to inscribe with a lovely message to a stranger. From 1 – 10 August, 2013, these books will be left out in various places around the Melbourne CBD as a gift to whoever finds them.

I’m working to make the world a nicer place, one hand crafted experience at a time.

 

A little more detail about Sharing Ink

Sharing Ink is a participatory art project which focuses on strengthening communities via shared experience. There are a number of individuals and local businesses who have or are helping the project along the way, including the Inscribers, the screen printers and the paper makers. In the weeks leading up to the drop, I’ll be revealing these participants and examining the roles they have played in this experience.

 

About Guerrilla Kindness

There’s that famous quote, which may or may not have actually been said by Gandhi, which runs “We must be the change we want to see in the world”. I am doing exactly that, making of small handcrafted artworks to leave around the streets of cities around the world for people to find and take; practicing random acts of Guerrilla Kindness to lift people’s mood and make them happy. I think the importance of lovely things occurring to someone cannot be understated. The world needs more moments of joy, more unexpected lovely things happening to people, more enveloping moments of beauty that catch your eye and your heart, even if only for a second. If acts of road rage can create a ripple effect which sparks more road rage, surely acts of loveliness can ripple out too?

 

My response to the question of responses

I create these works as tiny moments of loveliness for the finder – that instant when the finder spots the work out of the corner of their eye, that moment when they realise that someone has made something and left it somewhere for them to find. That moment is the whole point of the work.

Responses are not required.

If someone would like to contact me, or us, and tell us what they found, or where they found it, or what they thought of it, that’s lovely. But they don’t have too. This is a gift, pure and simple.

As the artist, there is also a thrill to the unknowing. If I put out 10 works, I might get two responses, and that’s awesome. But I’ll never know what happens to the other eight. They might be lost, thrown out, swept up or otherwise discarded. All of that work and no one might ever find one. But then again, eight other people might have had that moment of discovery when they see it, and take it home and put it on their bookshelf or mantelpiece. It’s like the Schrödinger’s Cat of art drops. I’ll never know what happens to most of them, but there’s mystery and awesomeness in the unknown. While a thing is unknown, it could be anything. It’s only when you know that you narrow down the possibilities.

 

 About the artist

Sayraphim Lothian creates playful experiences for people.

Her street work attempts to inject tiny, unexpected and magical moments in passersby’s lives. They aim to remind people of the niceness of life, as rewards those who take the time to stop and look around them once in a while. These works can be found in streets all around the world.

Her participatory work creates bridges between participants, allowing moments of loveliness to flow between strangers. They are about the sharing of experiences and the fleeting but meaningful connections made. They are about rediscovering joy in oneself and realising it abounds in other people.

Sayraphim aims to facilitate meaningful connections between people through craft.

Sayraphim and her work can be found in a number of books and publications including Garth Johnson’s 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, Vickie Howell’s Craft Corps and Heads On and We Shoot: The Making of Where The Wild Things Are from McSweeny’s Publishing.

Her work is held in MOMA in New York, the archives of the National Gallery of Victoria, in the Monash Heart Art collection as well as in private collections and on the streets in cities around the world.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in photography, a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching from La Trobe University and is currently undertaking her Masters in Art in a Public Space at RMIT, Melbourne.

You can see more of her work at her website www.sayraphimlothian.com

2 Responses »

  1. Love this idea very much. I have abandoned some art pieces, so far with no response. But as you said, it is part of the excitement of it, wondering where the pieces went. I would rather hope they found happy homes, but at the least, they made a positive impression that random, artful things can happen.

    • Hey Andrea!

      Thanks for dropping by! I love your final sentiment – that hopefully art drops create ‘a positive impression that random, artful things can happen’. That’s exactly why I’m doing this, to introduce a little magic to the world.

      It can be hard sometimes when you don’t hear back, I try to make it as easy as possible for people to respond but in the end, I’m not doing it for the responses, I’m doing it for the magic. So I content myself that the Journals are amazingly beautiful and they have some really touching Inscriptions in them and I’ve done all I can to make that magical moment for someone. And that’s enough…

      Plus, showing your work to friends/family who give you encouraging and positive feedback about the works themselves also help :)

      Good luck in your art abandonment’s, and know that you’re doing something amazing and generous and lovely.

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