The Public Studio is a multidisciplinary artistic and creative practice that works predominantly out of Melbourne, Australia. Nicholas Coghlan & Ming-Zhu Hii are a husband-wife team: multidisciplinary artists and producers with high aesthetic imperatives and over two decades of professional experience in storytelling, installation, performance, writing, theatre and film direction, event and project management, publishing, art and design retail, marketing strategy, and corporate and communications training.
Ming-Zhu and Nicholas are responsible for the beautiful mini documentary on Sharing Ink. I was so thrilled and humbled to have them work their magic on my project.
I’ve been super lucky to have the lovely Eleanor, the one woman force of nature behind Sassy Red PR on board for Sharing Ink. I decided fairly early on for this project that since the whole point was to spread the idea of loveliness as far as I could, that having a publicist on board would be a really important part of that.
From the moment I contacted her about being part of Sharing Ink, Eleanor has been super enthusiastic about the project, the goals and the works themselves. She instantly got me, my project and my publicity needs. Eleanor’s been amazing to work with, answers novice questions with speed, patience and kindness and is amazingly organised, which is awesome for a public artist who occasionally needs some outside organising!
If you’re a local Melbourne artist who has an important project coming up in any discipline and think that a bit of publicity is just what your work needs, go grab a coffee with Eleanor and find out the possibilities!
Today I wanted to let you know about Paperlab, the indy company who taught me Coptic Bookbinding – the distinctive stitching style the journals have on their spine. Although I learned how to sew books during my under-grad years, it was in a traditional style, which can make them harder to open. The appeal of Coptic Books is that the books can then open totally flat, which allows you to write/draw right to the edge of the page.
Paperlab were fantastic. I took their (extraordinarily well priced) 4 hour course and at the end walked away with a completed Coptic Book as well as the skills and knowledge to make Sharing Ink a reality. Our teacher, Mitch, was friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and clearly passionate about all things paper and book. Lou, the other half of Paperlab, is also lovely and creates amazing origami as well as a variety of different paper crafts.
Head over to their website and check out the diverse range of classes these two women run!
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.