Over on Quin Creative, there is a touching and thoughtful story about Quins Fathers Art Journals.
It prompted a few thoughts or perhaps it is better described as a reaction from me.
To be honest I had not really thought about how someone might respond to an art journal after I am dead. Of course I am aware of a possible interest as I think my family might be curious in the future, but generally I am too much living in today.
I keep a journal to make sense of the day. There is something about ordering my thoughts as I write that helps me feel as if I can make sense of life.
I keep a blog for a similar reason as often it is to record something seen, such as a web site visited. Or to record something done, work in progress like stitching or something shared like knowledge about a stitch. Thinking about it, my personal journal also looks outwards rather than inwards. Most of the time I notice things and processes around me rather emotional responses in me. To me observing people, society and culture is much more interesting than my internal life, yet that observation is in fact my internal life. I don’t spend a lot of time on angst as – lets say I get distracted from my self as life is far too interesting.
Studio journals I keep to catch ideas of the moment, to makes sense of what I have seen, work out designs and possibly work them. I do take notes about what I am stitching and what I use such as the type of thread I use and fabric used etc I take notes about and for my sampler such as what stitches I use etc. Generally however I have not thought about how my studio journals may make some future reader feel. They are notebooks but looking back on them I have a lot of me in them particularly if they are studio journal and written journal combined.
What about you? No matter what form a journal takes takes, do you think of the possible historical significance when you keep a journal? Do you journal? Why do you journal? If not why not? Curious minds (namely me) want to know. If you have time leave a comment or respond on your blog and leave a link I am sure other readers would be interested too.