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!
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…
This morning I entered into the slightly breezy Atrium at Fed Square to meet up with Journal 18′s Inscriber. We chatted about art, about finding time for all the different things life throws at you in a day and about the importance of feedback for an artist, how hard it can be to make work without ever knowing how it’s being received.
The Inscriber then handed back Journal 18, which is now ready to be released starting August 1.
If you’re in the Melbourne CBD around this time, keep an eye out and you may spot one for yourself!
This morning I trekked through the suburbs to a truly beautiful council library which had a fancy little cafe in it’s foyer. Here I met Journal 30′s Inscriber over coffee. We chatted about our various weekend adventures, someone went away to a trade fair, someone spent the weekend as a visitor in hospital. We chatted about art and art galleries, participating in and organizing exhibitions and of dodgy meat pies. Then I received back Journal 30, ready to be found by someone in August. We’re getting so close!
Next I high-tailed it to Bridge Rd where I was meeting Journal 25′s Inscriber. I walked the length of the street, and most of the old buildings have little historical markers saying who first set up what shop on that site. There were an awful lot of butchers back then, and almost as many boot makers. Fittingly enough there were also 3 different book sellers and libraries back then (clearly you couldn’t have one without the other). I met the Inscriber in another lovely cafe and we chatted about teaching and classes and book making. This Inscriber showed a class of teenagers their Journal and spoke a little about the project and the students were really keen on it (how nice is that?). I have promised this Inscriber that I’ll teach them how to make books so they can teach their students. And so the project continues, long after the final Sharing Ink journal is put out in the world.
Interestingly enough, both Inscribers put their Journals at the same spot for me to take the photo – peeking over the top and both shared similar ideas in the inscription although they don’t know each other! The different takes of the various Inscribers are always really interesting…
This afternoon I headed to the other end of town to retrieve Journal 21 from it’s Inscriber. I headed back into the beautiful building and headed up to the right floor. I think this Inscriber’s assistant know why I was there, as they seemed almost as excited as the Inscriber themselves!
We had a quick chat and then Journal 21 was returned.
This was only the second time I had met this Inscriber (the first was when I delivered the Journal earlier) and I am constantly amazed at just how lovely all the Inscribers are. It’s truly touching that all these amazing people are so keen to help do something lovely for a stranger.
Thank you all!
So there’s a thing that’s starting to happen, which I didn’t anticipate but I think it’s kind of wonderful.
It started with Journal 11, when I got it back from it’s Inscriber. When I went to take a photo of the return, the Inscriber said “How about I put the Journal in front of my face?” and promptly did.
I took the photo, although I wasn’t sure that’s what I wanted for the hand back photos, so I also got them to place it on the table and photographed it, ultimately that was the one I used.
Next was the hand back of Journal 2. As you might recall, we went for a pub lunch and after the Inscriber handed the Journal back, I noticed that they hadn’t signed it. Now it’s up to the Inscribers whether they want to sign it or not, but when I asked this Inscriber, they decided that they did want to sign it. So they took it back and I snapped the moment of signing, feeling a bit like I was capturing something important, but not knowing why. I didn’t use the photo, but here it is.
Then just the other day, I went to pick up Journal 10 from it’s Inscriber. They wern’t in the office that day, but they had left it at the front desk for me, the lady there was smiling as she handed it back to me. Again, I forgot to take a photo (what is it about me not photographing Journal 10? How did I fail at that twice?) But I didn’t mention it to the Inscriber, to be honest I didn’t notice that I hadn’t photographed it. But the next day, the Inscriber’s lovely assistant emailed me this photo, without being asked.
How amazing is that? This is clearly a trend with the Inscribers, an interesting one since none of them know who any of the other Inscribers are. Super interesting!