Just before lunch I headed into the Museum for Drop 4. I love Museums, they’re one of my favourite cultural institutions anywhere in the world. Today, being Sunday, the Museum was filled with visitors, which is awesome but makes it harder to put a Journal down, photograph it and walk away without anyone seeing!
The first drop, Journal 3, I left on the seat and walked away, a man came running after me saying “Excuse me, did you leave your book back there on the seat? Or is it someone else’s?” I smiled at him and said “Nah, it’s someone else’s”, which was absolutely true, Journal 3 isn’t mine, it’s for whoever finds and takes it.
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 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.
Ink and Spindle owners Lara Cameron & Tegan Rose
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.
Ink and Spindle’s printing table
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.
Journal 10 Handover (well, sort of)
Yesterday afternoon I found myself wandering city lanes and alleyways, looking for the next Inscriber’s office. They had given me the address, which was clear and simple, but finding the laneway that the building was in proved (only a little) bit tricky. But find it I did, one of those beautiful Art Deco buildings hidden in the city which look like a normal storefront until you look up. Next time you’re in the Melbourne CBD, remember to look up! The buildings are (usually) so beautiful. But I digress. So I found the building, and headed up in the lift to the floor. When I entered, the office was warm and cheery and filled with nice people, it made me feel very welcomed. Then the Inscriber came out of their office and joined me on the couch. I handed them their Journal (Journal 10, which you can see here), which they seemed rather thrilled at. It’s a beautiful Journal and specifically matched to it’s Inscriber because of the bird on the front. The Inscriber was very busy, so we only had a couple of minutes to chat and I was very aware not to take up too much time, so I left pretty quickly. It was only back down in the alley that I realised that I hadn’t taken a photo of the handover! Luckily, as I walked down the alley there was quite a lot of paste ups and stencils, including this little sparrow, which matches Journal 10, in a way. So I provide you with this photo instead of the usual one. Because stories with pictures are always nice.
Journal 13 Handover
Straight after Journal 10′s Handover, I headed off down some more alleys to another rendevous with an Inscriber, this time for Journal 13. But I am not great at navigating. I’ll happily admit to that. And Smartphone technology, while on the surface seeming to solve all your directional problems, still doesnt help if you’re peering down trying to figure out which way you should turn to follow the map. So you’ll be unsurprised to learn that I got a bit lost. Twice. But getting lost down Melbourne alleys just means you find loads of street art to instagram, so that worked out well. I even found a piece of street haiku, which was lovely. And eventually I found my way to the next Inscriber’s office. Through a warehouse door, up some old stairs and into a brightly lit office with old floor boards and a miriad of people working on computers. This Inscriber was also super busy, they had a deadline looming, so the encounter was quite short, I handed over the Journal, which the Inscriber carefully opened and leafed through, we had a super quick chat and as they put it safely on their desk I exited the building. At least this time I remembered to snap the moment of hand over before I left!
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