Yesterday, two more Journals went out to their Inscribers. First up was an early morning meeting at Journal 7′s Inscriber’s house. We sat on beautiful red velvet couches and, surrounded by grandmother-made tapestries and sipping coffee from clear glass mugs, I handed this Inscriber their Journal. This Inscriber is also off overseas very soon, so we had to squeeze the visit in between last minute preparations and packing. Safe journeys, Inscriber and Journal!
Later that afternoon I popped by the local Post Office to send out Journal 14. This Inscriber lives just outside of Melbourne, and although it would have been lovely to take a leisurely drive out in the country, I’m sad to say I just didn’t have time. So instead, Journal 14 went safely into an envelope to be delivered by an Aus Post employee. Travel safe, little Journal, and we’ll see you again soon.
Yesterday I headed to Camberwell Market,a huge trash and treasure type market that runs in Melbourne every Sunday morning. I hadn’t been for years and felt like it was time to revisit the stalls, see if there was anything that took my fancy. Because it’s always nice to have company, I invited Journal 17′s Inscriber to meet me there. Between a rack of designer clothes and a stall selling vintage nicknacks (including the electric keyboard you can see in the photo) I handed Journal 17 over.
The Inscriber already has a plan of what they want to write, so I think Journal 17 will be returned very shortly!
handover of Journal 14
This next Inscriber is currently in a play, which we went to see last night. In between post show drinks and foyer conversations, we managed to steal a moment for Journal 14′s hand over. This Inscriber was so enthusiastic about the project they were planning to fill the whole Journal. They also may or may not have jumped a little with excitement when receiving it
While hanging out at Fed Square for Visible Studios, I figured it was a perfect time to organise some hand overs. The first Journal to meet it’s Inscriber was Journal 6. This Inscriber picked their way gingerly through the space, avoiding artworks on the floor and girders dissecting the space, to eventually end up at my desk space. Photographed is the moment of hand over. This Inscriber was very keen about Journal 6, they loved the keys scattered across the front and back covers.
A few hours later the next Inscriber arrived. After a short confusion about how to get into the space itself (the door is cunningly hidden as one of the wall panels) this Inscriber enthusiastically bounced into the space. They had a few questions about the project and were delighted to meet their Journal. I think this Inscriber already has plans as to what they’re going to do
The next Inscriber has recently become an Australian citizen, so last night we went to a small dinner party in celebration, thrown by another ex-pat of the Inscriber’s original country. Somewhere in the middle of Vegemite and cheese toastie entrees, discussions of old and new countries, of soup and amazing brownies, we found a moment to hand over Journal 2, which is covered in a mix of flowers and houses and Australian birds.
To the Inscriber of Journal 2, we say ‘welcome home, friend!’
This is so exciting. Yesterday, after doing a publicity shoot for the project with the amazing Sarah Walker, I headed off to meet up with one of the Inscribers. This particular Inscriber is heading off overseas for a few months, so we arranged to meet up for the handover of the very first Sharing ink journal.
After a dicey drive down a very narrow alley in a rather wide car, we came across the Inscriber sitting on a short brick fence waiting for us. After a short chat about their planned adventures and the project itself, I handed over Journal 1, to be taken off on an adventure overseas before landing here again in time for the August drop.
It was a very exciting moment, the start of the Inscriber phase of Sharing Ink as the sun sunk below the horizon and the mosquitoes started their evening dance.
Safe journey to both the journal and Inscriber!