I've met some amazing creatives through the Get Messy Art Journal group, and over the summer this led to being invited to collaborate on a special ZINE project with a theme of the SEA.
I love the sea. This was perfect for me. (and even here, when I'm not writing poetry, I managed to make that rhyme,
We each had between 4-6 pages each, and I was the last participant, so I felt it was my job to 'fill in the blanks' to make sure every page was bursting with the salty-brine-whispers of the deep ocean; alive with mermaids and sirens and treasure. So I did:
Our zine started off in Canada and ended up in South Korea, visiting the States, England, Scotland and Russia in between - a zine worthy of any ocean-going voyager, and such an exciting adventure through crafty hearts and hands, inspirations, interpretations, materials, techniques, influences and stories.
I couldn't stop thinking about the deep blue waters where danger and silence lurk, sharks and stirrings and mermaids and jellyfish; echoes reverberating on waves and the moon reflecting on water.
It was the Super (Blood) Moon while I was in possession of the zine, marathon-ing through my pages, and perhaps that influenced me when I wrote ' we're all just tiny flames floating in the embers of the sea'?
I wanted to convey the sense of the texture of water - soft, shiny, smooth and slippery one minute, rough and tumbled the next. Tides changing. Sea changes. Torn edges like waves rippling over the shore and the moon over-seeing it all...
I used bubble wrap and textured paper and a beautiful shot-film textile called 'angelica' in a sublime lilac-blue that calls to mind the iridescence of the sea perhaps at sunrise in a foreign clime?
The texture doesn't come through so well here, but in the real-life zine hopefully it does. And the deep blue of the sequin cut-out makes me think of fishing nets on the surface of the sea. I got it in Mexico where I swam in beautiful, serene cenotes like something from a dream.
I was in awe of the work of the others and at first, a bit terrified of messing it up, of damaging the pages that weren't mine, of spilling something on them, gluing everything together and having to rip pages out.
But then, I just let the magic of the sea flow through me, through the little stash of papers and ideas that I'd been squirreling away and in the end I couldn't fill those pages fast enough.
The final, lucky recipient was Lauren, co-creator of the Get Messy group.
What a surprise she got when she received this super-special-international-snail-mail (and what a relief for us all after a nail-biting fortnight of waiting, because: how long would it take? Should it take? Would it arrive in one piece?)
I just received the most beautiful gift. It is a gift that speaks straight to my soul. It is Amazing how big and how yet so small this world is. I have no words for how well these internet friends know me, yet without knowing me, and care for me and my soul. Thank you ladies. I have no words @dansmoncrane @jules_tea @meduna and to Rebecca and Katie who I don't have insta names for. You girls are light amongst the dark. #getmessyartjournal @getmessyartjournal
So excited to share this collaboration ZINE with the theme of the SEA made especially for @laurenlikesblog! Here's to my 'Vitamin Sea' #artjournal buddies @dansmoncrane @jules_tea @katiebug92 @meduna 🐋🐙🐬 #zine #zineclub #sea #thesea #waves #mermaids #sirens #underwater #vitaminsea #flipagram A video posted by Rebecca Johnstone (@daintydora) on
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Come with me my love, to the sea, the sea of love <3"