Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sensual Journal Project

Almost 18 months ago Deb Denton asked me if I wanted to participate in her Sensual Journal round robin exchange. The specifics of the project were that each participant would create their own journal, pick the theme and then send the journal off to be worked in by six other group members. What made it a 'sensual' journal project was that each person had to incorporate four of the five senses into their work. Now, let me tell you, that's a challenge! I was eager to participate and in due time got my journal ready to mail off and then I started receiving journals to work in myself. I have just finished working in Sheila Scott's gorgeous journal that had a 'journey' theme. I found a lovely box in which there were five completed folders, each one unique and wonderful. Deb did hers as a Passage to India. Catherine Anderson did her entry as Memories of Africa. Besides those there was Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, Route 66 and a Journey of the Mind that had to do with reading and books. Each of the women before me had set an impossibly high bar!

For me, this journal was the hardest to work in. I had too many ideas and it took time and thought to finally settle on which journey, real or imagined, I wished to document. I chose Underwater Galapagos, not only because it was the most magical place I have ever visited, but also because I had some underwater photos I'd taken during my time in the Galapagos that I thought would be fun to work with. Once I had the photos printed and the other things I needed for my folder gathered together, it didn't take so very much time, but I was traveling a lot in October and once I returned home I brought with me a very nasty cold (compliments of my grandson) and then I had a bad back experience that left me unable to work. (Or stand or sit or lie down or generally do anything!) All of this babbling is to explain why it took me so long to get my contribution finished, but I have finally done so and have mailed it off to Sheila. I hope she is happy with my work. I know she'll be thrilled with the other contributions! I had a great time working in her journal, just as I did with the other five I've worked in over the past months. Deb's Sensual Journal project was wonderfully fun and also a good challenge. I'm honored to have been able to participate.







Now I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my journal----I can't wait to see it! I will be sure to post photos of it when it returns home to me.

4 comments:

diane said...

Hi, I am Diane from Australia. I was just trawling through profiles and found your blog. It is very good. I love your photos and writing.

swatches.typepad.com said...

Michele,

Your journal is sooooo beautiful. In combination with the exquisite music it actually brought tear to my eyes. I love the colors and artistic format. What a treat to see this special work that you have done.

Phyllis

Gwen said...

These journal pages are exquisite! Glad you reminded me about what LK is doing, I will be there, too!

hugs,
Gwen

debra cooper said...

Incredible!! Your pages are amazing--the texture and color are incredible. Really beautiful work!