This morning I trekked through the suburbs to a truly beautiful council library which had a fancy little cafe in it’s foyer. Here I met Journal 30′s Inscriber over coffee. We chatted about our various weekend adventures, someone went away to a trade fair, someone spent the weekend as a visitor in hospital. We chatted about art and art galleries, participating in and organizing exhibitions and of dodgy meat pies. Then I received back Journal 30, ready to be found by someone in August. We’re getting so close!
Next I high-tailed it to Bridge Rd where I was meeting Journal 25′s Inscriber. I walked the length of the street, and most of the old buildings have little historical markers saying who first set up what shop on that site. There were an awful lot of butchers back then, and almost as many boot makers. Fittingly enough there were also 3 different book sellers and libraries back then (clearly you couldn’t have one without the other). I met the Inscriber in another lovely cafe and we chatted about teaching and classes and book making. This Inscriber showed a class of teenagers their Journal and spoke a little about the project and the students were really keen on it (how nice is that?). I have promised this Inscriber that I’ll teach them how to make books so they can teach their students. And so the project continues, long after the final Sharing Ink journal is put out in the world.
Interestingly enough, both Inscribers put their Journals at the same spot for me to take the photo – peeking over the top and both shared similar ideas in the inscription although they don’t know each other! The different takes of the various Inscribers are always really interesting…
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.
Last week was also a week for dropping Journals off to Inscriber’s places of work and, in this instance, posting a Journal to their homes. Although this Inscriber lives in Melbourne, schedule clashes meant that we couldn’t find a time to meet up. So instead, Journal 20 went winging it’s way to this Inscriber via Australia Post.
There were three other Inscribers who’s schedules were such that we couldn’t manage a time to meet up, so instead I also did a little delivery around town to their various offices. Journal 16 and Journal 25 Inscribers both work in the same office, so I dropped them off at the lady at the front desk. She seemed a little curious about what was in the bags (she peered intently into both and pulled out one of the Journals before placing them on her desk) but she happily accepted them and sent emails off to the Inscribers to let them know their Journals were waiting for them.
Lastly, I dropped into a tiny two-story building hidden down a little alley to leave Journal 27 on this Inscriber’s office door. There was no one around, but while I was there, the Inscriber’s office buddy appeared and offered to unlock the office door so I could put it on their desk. I felt much better with that offer! So between the papers, pens and computer equipment, I left Journal 27 and a little note in a little white bag for them.
Somehow I managed not to upload these Journals before I uploaded Journal 30. Whoops!
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the last 5 Journals you haven’t see yet…
I love how the trams, birds and keys blend together so well in this Journal
The white branches are really striking against the red fans
And a beautiful mixing of the Birds and Birches design rounds us out!
The space on this Journal leads to so many possibilities
I love the subtle brown birds on this Journal
And the beautiful mixture of the Birds and Birches design on this Journal rounds us out!