This afternoon I went into the NGV to do drop 6. Mad props to the NGV – they have excellent security and constantly roaming volunteers which made trying to drop the Journals very tricky indeed! But I managed to drop one under the portrait of Vali Myers by one of my favourite Melbourne artists, Miso, which graces the cafe on the second floor, which made me very happy indeed.
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!
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.
The other day it was time for Journal 21 to be handed over to it’s Inscriber. I had been past this building in the CBD many times, and knew what it was, so it was simple and easy to get too. This time, there was no getting lost for me! I climbed the stairs and was directed to the lift. In such a beautiful building I felt sure the lift would be gorgeous too, but instead it was just all black mirrored glass inside, reflecting about a thousand of me sharing my journey.
When I arrived, the Inscriber was busy on the phone but came out to meet me very quickly. They delighted over the journal and told me they already had an idea of what they were going to write, they thought they might even buy a new pen for the occasion. I love how special that is!
Because I’m occasionally aware of how busy the Inscribers are, and because I don’t want to take up too much of their time, I bustle out of their company as fast as I can. This means that again, I forgot to take the photo of the actual hand over moment. But I contacted the Inscriber later and asked if they wouldn’t mind taking one themselves, and they were happy too. At the right is the gorgeous and dreamy photo they sent me. I think it fits perfectly with the loveliness of the project and the Inscribers!
I’ve had two big days of sewing Journals, and I’m almost finished this part of the project, which is nice! I’m super keen to continue handing out the Journals to their Inscribers and getting them back, ready to put out on the streets in August. In the mean time, have a look at the newest batch…
Journal 19′s overprinted patterns work really well together
The orange ferns underneath the trams makes me wonder at this Journal’s story
I love the blank space at the top right hand corner of this Journal
The photo doesn’t do justice to the incredible vividness of the orange on this Journal’s cover
The white branches snake over this Journal back and front
I love the really subtle white keys on this journal (look closely!)