I started this many years ago – I think 2012. Finished it last weekend.
It is comprised of 5 individual journals. Each journal is made up of different papers and fabrics. Some eco dyed watercolour papers, rust dyed fabrics (cotton, old linens and silk), purchased papers, tea stained papers. I had family and friends collect their ephemera for a month and included many of their words and pieces on the pages.
The outside cover is eco-dyed wool that I embroidered. The fabric covers of the individual journals have been embroidered also. Buttons, ribbons, jewellery and beads have been added.
I look back on some of the things that I embroidered and it really reflects what I was going through and what I was doing at the time. For example – I participated in a ‘plankathon’; I recorded an MRI and gallbladder surgery, some emotional situations that I was going through with family. One entry says “PAIN” – I’m sure that related to my gallbladder flare (but it could easily have been emotional pain).
I have only written in one of the journals. I kept it down by the TV and each night (for a couple months) I would record some tidbit of our day – whether it was a rugby game or a surf or a sit-and-read-at-the-beach. Sort of a window into our life during that time.
I’m not hugely into journaling anymore – most of my journals I have destroyed because I made the decision that I didn’t want anyone reading about my life once I no longer walk this earth.
I do like the journal though. And I’m glad I finally finished it. I suppose I’ll just put it on the shelf. Maybe I’ll take one of the journals with me next time I go on a holiday?
Inspiration for it came from an Australian gal by the name of Ro Bruhn. HERE is her blog. She does amazing work and I’ve often thought attending a workshop with her.