I have kept Visual Journals for 28 Years now:
A bit of them in my Studio Cupboard …
A few of them all spread out …
I can’t quite remember how I fell into it, but I do know that Visual Journaling has always been my choice for documenting and honoring my Life. From my Every Day to my many Travels, I have never been without a book to fill up.
One of my fondest memories is of packing up piles of bits into bags (before I used Zip Bags) to take with me to my Beloved Grandma’s house, and spreading it all out on her Dining Room Table. Her eyes twinkled as she asked Me, ‘ You collected all that? ‘. I said I did, and I am still collecting bits. Grandma, I’ve made you Proud!
Then around 2001, I discovered Sabrina Ward Harrison and Teesha Moore and my Love for Visual Journaling only deepened, as did for Collaborative Projects. I was drawn to the idea of working with other Visual Artists, and I stumbled upon the Ray Johnson idea of Mail Art. I exchanged Postcards, Decorated Letters, but it was the idea of sending Visual Journals back and forth that truly spoke to me.
The last time I did that was with my Ex Sister In Law; Those are the Journals in the above photo. We started them when she was on her way to Germany to run in the Berlin Marathon. How exciting it was to get my Journal back from it’s travels all over Germany! We continued on with the Journals, through her Travels and my Every Day Musings.
Fast forward to 2018, and I am once again embarking on another Visual Journal Collaboration.
I met my Dear German Friend Kati, on Twitter ( Hiii! Dear Tribe! ) because of our Love for a certain Show:
We developed a quick and deep bond over our love of Photography and our similar outlook on Life! We decided to start a Collaborative Project of sending Visual Journals back and forth in the Snail Mail.
We are S O Excited!
Meet my Friend Kati!
She is a Sports Buyer for both Retail and Online Shops, and for various Sporting Clubs based in Hamburg.
She is incredibly Kind, wonderfully Dynamic, and a Brilliant Photographer!
Go to her Instagram kt.d.photo for more of her Beautiful Work!
One of her Beautiful Canvases
And a sneak peek at her Visual Journal …
But first, to get us Inspired for our Project, we Interviewed each other!
My Interview with Kati:
One: What was the first Art Piece you ever created and what inspired you?
I can’t remember exactly. When I was still a child, I painted and drew a lot.
My first little piece of art that I remember is what I did in art classes at school. It was about world music, different continents, different music. I painted a very detailed earth with all the continents and seas and put on the earth, a headphone. Very modern art in the 80’s, found my art teacher. I am still very proud of that today!
Two: If you could live in a famous/well known Art Piece, what would it be and why?
I can’t say that, as there are so many kind of pieces in which I would like to stop by. Living in it would be too one-sided, to visit it, rather. The only thing that would irritate me, would be to visit the Mona Lisa and tickle her for so long until she really laughs!
Three: If you met Shaun Evans in Oxford in September, what one thing would you say to him about Endeavour?
I would congratulate him on his acting performance.
I don’t know many actors who touch my heart with their role. This fine feeling for the facial expression, the choice of language and the tonalities, that come out of itself and retract the character. I admire people who can inspire others with their passion and make them curious about things they didn’t know before.
Four: What do you love most about Hamburg and what one thing defines your Hometown, that you are going to share with me?
Hamburg is made up of many parts of the city, which are like a village. All villages fit together like puzzle pieces and result in a complete work of art.
In Hamburg you are free, you can do everything and no one cares about it.
The people in Hamburg are open and cordial to all nations, which traditionally has always been the flair of Hamburg through the port.
It’s colourful, diverse and I still discover something new that makes it so exciting for me.
I want to share this feeling of freedom and colourful diversity with you and hope that you will love it as much as I do.
Five: What inspired you to collaborate with me on this Project and what would you like to find out about yourself through our Project?
This will be a very short answer.
How will it work over so much Miles, what will I think, what are you going to create?
Curiosity about what will come to me and how I’m gonna represent it.
It’s a journey of explore, and it’s making me curious!
Six: Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years and how would you like to leave your Mark on this world?
I don‘t see and experience my life in years or decades. I experience my life in conditions and in happy moments.
To love yourself how you be and to accept it so.
The state of happiness, of security and of giving to others is my goal of life.
Did I need a Mark on this world?
I am part of the whole and I see myself as a drop in the sea or like a leaf on the tree.
I’m only here a certain time and that’s why I should enjoy it.
That’s what I would convey to others.
Kati’s Interview With Me:
One. Is it your first project of this kind or have you ever collaborated with another artist?
Good Question! Actually, I have done Collaborative Projects over the 16 Years that I’ve been a Mixed Media Artist. I have done numerous Visual Journals with Artists, as well as Mail Art. I absolutely love the idea of being Inspired by each other and feeding off of what my Art Partner has created. I am SO very excited to work with you, Dear Kati, as our Artistic Sensibilities are quite different and you have a German/European Point of View. Can’t wait to see what we Create together!
Two. We met on Twitter and because of Endeavour. What‘s so special for you about this Drama Series?
Thank God for my Twitter Tribe and my Endeavour Sisters! Life would be less full without all of You! To begin with, the whole of the Series is beautifully Shot! The Lighting, the Composition, and of course the location, make it all visually b r e a t h t a k i n g. Second, the well written Scripts and the attention to Detail in translating those Scripts into Stories, is nothing short of Brilliant. Lastly, the Primary group of Actors, as well as the the Guest Actors in each Film, portray their Roles and storylines with such well crafted Nuances, Inflections, and Passion. I am in Bliss every time I watch them.
Three. When you come to Germany in December for the first time, what do you think it will be like for you? How do you imagine my country?
Actually I have been to Germany! My first visit was when I was 12 and I had a whirlwind visit through Munich and all I remember was the Olympic Village. I can’t wait to visit Germany with Adult eyes! Berlin has always been on my Bucket List for all the Art and visiting what’s left of the Berlin Wall. Hamburg is also a place I have dreamt of seeing, as it was the breeding ground, so to speak, for The Beatles! I imagine your country to be Colorful, Aesthetically Beautiful, and full of Warm + Inviting people, based on my Friendship with You!
Four. Do you believe that in our images a difference between our cultures will be recognizable? Everyday objects or how we see and feel our area!
Really good question! Yes, I do feel that there will be a discernible difference in our images because of our Cultures! We are influenced by where we came from and the environment that we are in. I know, at least on my end, that is one of the reasons I want to do this Project with you. I want to be exposed to your World View, Your Artistic Muse!
Five. Tell me your greatest wish for your future? What do you want to achieve with your art?
My greatest wish for my Future is that I want to Inspire and Empower with my Art, Photography, Writing/Blogging. I want to give back to the World in some way and to paraphrase John Muir, I want to be in the World, not just on it.
Six. With which Artist would you like to work together once?
It’s truly hard for me to choose just one, Sorry! It’s a three way tie between Linda McCartney for Photography, Yoko Ono for Installation Art, and Tracey Emin for Mixed Media! Of course I am a huge Beatles fan ( Who isn’t ? ) but I fell in Love with Linda’s work just as much I did with her Husband’s. She is the First and Single biggest Influence on my Photography. As for Yoko, I also fell hard for her Work, her book ‘Grapefruit ‘ was my most Prized Possession for a long time, and when I saw an exhibition of her Installations, her work blew me away! She also sent me a signed Postcard after I wrote her a heartfelt letter, but that’s a story for another time. Lastly, Tracey Emin. I first saw her work at the Tate London. It was her Installation ‘ Bed ‘ Piece, that totally enthralled me! It Inspired me because she used Every Day Objects, which I love, to portray a time in her Life. On our second trip to London for an Art Fair, I saw Tracey walking out of a Gallery. I was so shy, I didn’t approach her. Now I wish I had, I would have invited her to my booth at the Art Fair!
Thank YOU Sistah Kati for agreeing to do the Interviews, sharing your Wonderful Photos + Art, and for wanting to take this Journey with me!
Dear Readers, stay tuned for more from Us …
My Blank Book + Bits waiting patiently …
Sis, let’s get stuck in!