This morning I wanted to revist the three places where I’d met most of the Inscribers. So I headed back into The Moat and Mr Tulk cafes, which flank either side of the State Library of Victoria, which just happens to be third on the list of meeting places. Journal 5′s Inscriber wanted to do the drop with me, in a place that related to their Inscription and experience, so we met on the steps and did the drop together.
Today I also wanted to highlight Ink and Spindle, the local screenprinting business that is responsible for the amazing material that make the unique Sharing Ink Journals covers.
Apart from their beautiful range of prints and their commitment to ethically produced and eco-friendly materials, Lara and Tegan are great believers in community and local artists. When I contacted them about the possibility of being part of Sharing Ink, they leapt at the chance to participate in a local art project.
This is Ink and Spindle’s 10 metre table, where they print all their distinctive and amazing fabrics. If you look closely at this photo, you might recognize the pattern, it can be seen (wholly or partly) on Journal 12, Journal 27, Journal 24, Journal 28, Journal 29, Journal 21, Journal 13, Journal 2, Journal 15, Journal 9 and Journal 10. But as you look on the Journals, you’ll notice the layers and layers of other patterns overprinted across the material. This is because the Sharing ink Journal material is actually material that Ink and Spindle lay down the protect their table from the screen printing process. This makes every Sharing Ink Journal unique, although there are patterns that appear again and again, it’s never the same collection of patterns on any inch of the material.
If you go to the Ink and Spindle website you’ll see all the patterns you’ve noticed on the Journals in all their glory.
I’d like to thank Ink and Spindle for their support, it is their material that gives this project it’s visual continuity and it is their generousness that has helped infuse the loveliness that is such a part of Sharing Ink.
On Sunday, we (Pop Up Playground) were running a game in the State Library of Victoria for their Carnival of Curiosity. We were going to be there all day, so this Inscriber decided to drop by, check out all the interesting events going on and to hand back Journal 12.
They found us about halfway during the day, and removed from their backpack a paper bag, in which was Journal 12. They had wanted to protect the Journal from anything else that might be crashing around in their bag.
I’ve found this is an reoccurring sentiment from the Inscribers, that they’re all looking to protect and take care of the Journals while they have them, which I think is lovely.
Journal 12 is now ready to be put out in the CBD from the 1 – 10 August. I hope you find one!
Yesterday I was in Richmond running a playtest for the games company we run, Pop Up Playground. It was a perfect time for a couple of the Inscribers to drop by, get given their Journals and play a couple of games with us as well. The first Inscriber to visit was Journal 12′s Inscriber. They came and received their Journal, which was safely stowed in their bag just in time to attempt to save the world from an evil super villain.
Next up was Journal 19′s Inscriber. They arrived minutes after Journal 12′s Inscriber and was handed their book. Journal 19 was carefully slotted into their well packed bag, then the two Inscribers teamed up to try to save the world. Unfortunately, despite their valiant attempts (the the attempts of the other 20 people in the game) the super villain won this round, cause the apocalypse and laughed evilly over the smoldering ruins of the planet. As super villains are wont to do.
Journal 8′s Inscriber dropped by, unfortunately they couldn’t stay for the fun and games, they had a talk to present. But they loved Journal 8, they were very keen on the intersecting patterns. You can just see the bikes and tram under their hands in the photo.
Lastly, Journal 5′s Inscriber arrived, a little late but all good. This Inscriber loved the art deco feel to the covers, and placed the Journal carefully on their belongings before diving into the next game, helping a spy academy churn out top spies in under five minutes.
Wednesday and Thursday were both half days at Visible Studios, which resulted in 3 Journals each time.
Journal 12, a more minimal pattern
Journal 13, the first with variegated green and black twine
Journal 14 – I love the way the printing on the back of the material ghosts through the covers
Journal 15 has an octopus and a ship!
The red fans on Journal 16 are pretty amazing
The orange has a beautiful inner glow on Journal 17