The awesome couple who found Journal 17 are not only continuing to write in their Journal but they’re also keeping the digital world updated with the entries. A number of the Journals had digital components to their Inscriptions and I think it’s awesome that Journal 17′s Finders have decided to take their responses/entries down this route too. Every Finder has responded differently, just as every Inscriber wrote something different. This project has such beautiful diversity, it makes my heart sing!
This is so lovely. Journal 17′s Finders are Catherine and Paul. Catherine has been following along on the Facebook page so knew what to look out for, and when they found one, Paul wrote about the experience on his reviewing blog.
Arrived at the Arts Centre car park at bit early for our pre-Einstein Dafternoon Tea (dinner served at afternoon tea time). Catherine began pestering me about some journal thing while we were walking towards Hamer Hall to have a look at Hidden Space, Ready Stages, an installation in the Riverwalk space. She was not explaining herself clearly. I thought she was talking about a new Arts publication. I was forced to look up @sharing_ink on Twitter (she’s old skool and doesn’t have a smart phone). I’m glad I did because the pic of Journal #17 had just been posted and we recognised the background of the photo as a cane table just like the one we were standing next to. There it was, just a few tables away. We bought a biscuit and fed some crumbs to the expectant sparrows while admiring the find. My annoyance at Catherine’s whims instantly evaporated. What a beautiful thing! Beneficiaries of guerrilla kindness. Thank you Sayraphim Lothian.
You can read about the rest of Paul’s night here (including how the Arts Centre lost his umbrella while he was at Einstein on the Beach, which is so weird because they did that to us a few days before!)
On Friday I revealed on the Sharing Ink Facebook page where Saturday’s Drop was going to be, and got a response from Catherine
This response made me change my plan. I was going to go in the morning to drop the Journals, but this made me think that I should drop Journals at different times in the day to allow for different people to find them. So I posted:
I was thrilled! Not only did someone who’s been following the project find a Journal, but it was because of Catherine’s comment that I’d changed how I planned to do Drops!
Honestly, I love this project!
Just after lunch today I headed into town to the Arts Centre for Drop #3. Like yesterday, one of the Inscribers wanted to participate in the drop of their Journal, Journal 17. The dropping of the Journal went hand in hand with the Inscription. So I wandered around and dropped Journal 27 and Journal 15 then I met Journal 17′s Inscriber at the Arts Centre cafe for the final drop of the day.
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!
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