Your inspiration is the location.
During Destination Journal (DJ for short) the "destination" is the catalyst for your creativity. As a participant, you'll be encouraged to use your senses while sketching, painting, writing, or simply wandering the DJ location. If you've ever kept a secret diary as a moody teen or are marvelously mad about Moleskin journals, paper, color, perfume or pencils, Destination Journal is for you.
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Yours in adventure,
It’s that time of the year again! Would you love to open your mailbox and discover packets of beautiful ephemera? Paper, fabric, photos, small handmade journals, and other mysterious and intriguing fragments to experiment with via your destination journals or other creative endeavors. If this has your address written all over it, now’s the time to participate in this summer’s DJ Ephemera Etc. Series, Season 2.
Limited to 25 participants. Cost is $50, plus shipping/handling. It includes 3 unique total packets. Each one will be delivered mid-monthly, in June, July, and August, 2013. Purchase by June 3, 2013.
LOCATION: Kerouac House
College Park, FL
TIME: 10:30 AM
TEMPERATURE: 75 degrees
CONDITIONS: Light-dappled and breeezy
“Between Fairhope, Alabama and Ocala, Florida I drove away from the sun until no lights were left on the highway, just woods around the road…”
In her poem Brain Science, one hears the rhythm of driving. The hum of the tires. Monica Wendel’s keen sense of sounds and surroundings fuels her creative voice. Monica joined us last month at the Somewhere in the Suburbs Destination Journal location and is the current writer-in-residence at The Kerouac Project of Orlando.
So how does she use what she hears to hit our hearts, and has she noticed any new sounds in Florida?
” I try to get the sounds of the words to reflect the surroundings they’re describing. When I’m writing, word combinations and poems I’ve memorized just stick in my head, like others get songs stuck in their heads. Sounds I’ve noticed while in Florida are, of course, the car—a lot of driving happens here— and also birds. Bird chirps that I’ve never heard until now. Hearing them, noticing how unfamiliar they are, has been interesting. I’m wondering how they’ll make an appearance in my writing,” says Monica. During her residency, Monica’s writing schedule has shifted from a morning routine in Brooklyn, New York, to an evening one here in College Park. And she’s noticing the rain and thunder, which sometimes “shakes The Kerouac House during stormy evenings.”
This week, take a few moments to listen to the sounds in your car, on the subway, or on your porch. Experiment with their richness and rhythm in your Destination Journal.
Upcoming show—a few letterpress versions of the poster created at Flying Horse Editions will be available for purchase. Thanks Adrian Gonzalez for setting the type.
This class was for the somewhat early-risers. A creative beginning-of-the-work-and-wonder-week jump-start. The sensory inspiration came from two settings: train tracks and a cemetery. We started with sound, touch, and taste (hot coffee, crackly-wrappered, sticky, Ines Rosales Seville Orange Sweet Olive Tortas) and continued with smell and sight (the rain, rusty railroad ties, planted and plastic flowers, granite, lichen). Read more…
Working on another repurposed art book/journal commission using Michael Owen’s sketches + my aesthetic. Earlier collaborations included one focused on boats and another on rockets. Michael sketches daily in small black Moleskin journals.
Today, grab your journal or a napkin during lunch and capture as many details as you can via sketches, words, spills. What do you hear, smell, taste, see, and feel within the space you’re in?
This month’s Destination Journal, brought participants to a secret, suburban, setting. Thank you DJers for continuing to appreciate the value in sensory exercise. Simple forms and rituals —smooth, hot coffee, hints of coconut, red onion smells and skins, plastic shoes, bird chirps, the pen’s slow sound.
Take a walk in your neighborhood this week focusing on just one sense for each day. Notice anything new? Take notes in your Destination Journal.