I’m so thrilled so many of the FInders let me know the Journals are going home safely!
Around lunchtime today I headed into the city for the final Drop of Sharing Ink. I’d started the project at a library, the City Library, and I decided to finish it at a library too, after all I am occasionally a symmetrical kind of gal. So the obvious location for Drop 10 was the State Library of Victoria, a building and an institution I love. Not only are they a library with shelves full to bursting but they also have a mezzanine gallery with an exhibition on the history of books. So cheekily I Dropped two of the Journals there. The final Drop was Journal 22, which went into the beautiful reading room under the 100 year old dome. I walked away happy that I’d done another Drop and proud of this beautiful project, but a little sad too now it’s over!
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!
And this is currently my desk. Although it looks chaotic there’s actually method in the madness. At the front is the final cover being glued, Journal 30.
Just behind that are two flat stacks of covers waiting to be sewn together with pages at the left, which are sorted into piles of 12 and folded (you can see Journal 24′s cover at the top of the front pile – this photo was taken about halfway through the day. The Journal on the top of the other pile hasn’t been sewn together yet, so doesn’t have a number).
Behind the covers are two piles of finished Journals, waiting to be given to Inscribers (Journals 5 and 9 are on the top of those piles).
At the left side around the middle of the frame are two of the Journals that have been handed back by the Inscribers and are now ready and waiting to go out. Journal 2 is at the front, behind that is Journal 11.
Phew! But I can’t wait until all the Journals are in the ‘ready to go out’ pile
Today is another exciting day, as we had our first hand back of a Journal from an Inscriber.
I met this Inscriber on a windy afternoon in the reading dome of the State Library of Victoria, where talking is frowned upon. In utter silence, the Inscriber put Journal 11 down on the desk and slid it over to me. I nodded as I took it and slipped it into my bag. Quickly we both left the dome, stifling giggles. It was just like spies, swapping secret information, except this was swapping secret art.
The Journal is now sitting on my desk behind me. Today means that Journal 11 is now ready and waiting to be ‘dropped’ somewhere in the CBD in August for Sharing Ink.
And that’s pretty damn exciting!
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
Tuesday was a shorter day at Visible Studios, so only three Journals were sewn.
Journal 9 – Put a Narwhal on it!
Journal 10 – the first to use the new cotton Bakers twine, much softer than the older book binding thread.
Journal 11 features a number of the Ink and Spindle printing credits on it’s front cover in various interesting directions