This morning I wandered into the Immigration Museum for Drop 8. The Immigration Museum is in the old Customs House and the building is incredible! There was a school group taking up most of one of the floors, so I went upstairs to the top floor to find a little space in which to drop the books. On the landing on the second floor was a wishing tree, on which you could hang wishes in an ancient Japanese tradition, which was beautiful! So I couldn’t resist leaving one of the Journals on the wishing desk…
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.
This morning after a phone radio interview with Southern FM, I dashed into town for the hand overs of Journal 18 and Journal 28. The Inscriber for Journal 18 arrived first, accompanied by their tiny month old baby. I handed over the Journal, and we had a chat about the project, and then chatted about art and making – projects, works and families. The Inscriber pulled a cloth bag out of their backpack to put the Journal in, created from Japanese inspired material in a range of beautiful colours including gold. I remarked on just how beautiful the bag was, and the Inscriber said – “If you want beautiful things, you have to make them yourself!”. This idea aligns so well with Sharing Ink, the idea that the most beautiful things are the heartfelt handmade creations rather than the mass produced items created in terrible conditions by people being paid pittance. These Journals are hand made from locally sourced materials and two or more strangers have collaborated to produce a beautiful moment and a lovely item for the finder.
Soon after, Journal 28′s Inscriber arrived. We sat around and chatted about art as a business and how universities so often teach people how to make the art but totally neglect the business side of things. It’s great to be able to paint/ draw/ make, but how to you write a proposal? Or a quote? How much should you charge? All of these things are so hard to work out when you’re an emerging artist. This meeting was a quick one, unfortunately I had another meeting after this, so I had to leave, but the Inscriber was still flicking carefully through the blank pages as I was leaving. There’s something so very tactile about these Journals, they just make you want to run your fingers over them again and again!
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!