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
While hanging out at Fed Square for Visible Studios, I figured it was a perfect time to organise some hand overs. The first Journal to meet it’s Inscriber was Journal 6. This Inscriber picked their way gingerly through the space, avoiding artworks on the floor and girders dissecting the space, to eventually end up at my desk space. Photographed is the moment of hand over. This Inscriber was very keen about Journal 6, they loved the keys scattered across the front and back covers.
A few hours later the next Inscriber arrived. After a short confusion about how to get into the space itself (the door is cunningly hidden as one of the wall panels) this Inscriber enthusiastically bounced into the space. They had a few questions about the project and were delighted to meet their Journal. I think this Inscriber already has plans as to what they’re going to do
Tuesday was a shorter day at Visible Studios, so only three Journals were sewn.
Journal 9 – Put a Narwhal on it!
Journal 10 – the first to use the new cotton Bakers twine, much softer than the older book binding thread.
Journal 11 features a number of the Ink and Spindle printing credits on it’s front cover in various interesting directions
Monday was a very productive day at Visible Studios, I created 4 Journals, inbetween chatting to artists and having visitors drop by.
Journal 5 invoked Art Nouveau with it’s beautiful blue flower shapes
I love the Ink and Spindle lettering on the front of Journal 6
Journal 7 seems quite busy but the overprints work really well together here.
Journal 8 with it’s white trams and bikes
Today I spent the day at Visible Studios, a week long Artist in Residence project I’ve curated for Federation Square. A number of artists, including myself, have transported a bare-bones version of their studios into the gallery space in the Atrium.
After spending a couple of hours setting up the space and getting things ready, I started cutting and gluing a number of Journal covers.
Next, I started sewing some Journals together, the final stage in the making of each book.
This is Journal 3, the first with black stitching. When I bought the black book thread, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use it, but it worked so well with the bold black lines of this journal cover that I couldn’t resist.
This is Journal 4, finished and against the glass of the space. I love the one white stick in the top left corner of this journal.
Tomorrow I’m heading in to sew more journals and make more art. Drop by if you’re in town and check it out