Today I came home late in the afternoon to find a familiar sized package in the mail box. The Inscriber of Journal 20 has been super busy, dashing around the country for art purposes, so they sent the Journal back instead. It’s now resting proudly atop a (much shorter) stack of the last of the Sharing Ink Journals, ready to go out into the world…
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 another Journal arrived in my mail box – Journal 22! I had organised to meet the Inscriber for a proper hand over late last week but a few things intervened and our meeting didn’t eventuate. Instead of attempting to arrange another meeting (both our schedules are pretty hectic!) the Inscriber offered to send it back via post. So currently I have 22 of the 30 Journals back and ready to set free in the CBD starting Thursday!
I’m SO excited!
And yes, today’s Journal is photographed on a pile of the Sharing Ink Journals. I couldn’t help myself!
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!
This morning I headed into town to collect two more Journals from their Inscribers. First I dropped in at Journal 26′s Inscriber’s studio. We had a quick catch up (we talked about pants quite a bit, and then about dresses) and they gave me back Journal 26, and then I had to dash to my next meeting.
I arrived a little early to my meeting with the Inscriber for Journal 27, so I sat and pondered the very old books on the bookshelf next to me. All cracking spines and disintegrating covers, sharing secrets of how to wire radios together, how to make wooden tables and how 1950s enthusiasm will propel you into career success. To be fair, the books arn’t this Inscribers, they’re just houses at this office. Then the Inscriber arrived and handed over Journal 27. This Inscriber has an exhibition opening next week so has been quite focused on that. It’s so awesome that some many amazing people have found time to participate in Sharing Ink.
When I got home, what was waiting for me in the letter box but Journal 8! This Inscriber and I had a major schedule clash, so they posted it to me to get it here on time. How nice was that?
So three more ready to go out for people to find next week! I’m so excited!
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!
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…