Two things often stymie creative people from making their art, whether its poetry, photography or painting: inspiration and intimidation. Sometimes the ideas just don’t come or they don’t come when you want them to, and sometimes it’s really scary to put your work out there. The Ink Seed Project turns that on its head, inviting creators, artists and makers to get inspired and show their work to the world.
The brainchild of Megan Guidarelli (who also makes tasty treats at Union Square Donuts), Ink Seed works in three parts: publication of a quarterly journal, conversation through events and inspiration online.
“The project started this summer out my own want for an accessible publishing venue,” Guidarelli said. “I didn’t find anything that was focused on the creative process, not the creative product.” So she created Ink Seed, which seeks to empower, educate and promote creativity in the community.
Submitting creative work can be an intimidating process, but Guidarelli wants Ink Seed to be inclusive for all who want to share their ideas. The project is currently seeking submissions for its first journal, which is to be published near the end of the year. Creators are asked to send current work in by October 31. Guidarelli plans to show the creative process in the journal by pairing the work up with what inspired it.
“You can see how something benign became something extraordinary,” Guidarelli said.
The next piece of the Ink Seed Project is the conversation aspect. This will be accomplished through community salons like pop-up meals or open mike nights that will bring people together to nurture and facilitate the creative process.
The kick-off Ink Seed event is a homemade brunch this Sunday at Follow the Honey in Harvard Square. Attendees will meet Ink Seed’s creative staffers, get a sneak peek at some of the work that will appear in the first journal and dine al fresco on apple crumble and Scotch eggs. Tickets for the event are $20, much lower than for most pop-up meals, which Guidarelli insisted upon to keep the conversation accessible to everyone who wants to attend.
The third Ink Seed component is inspiration, which will appear online in the Seed Bank, a collection of written and visual prompts curated by creative staffers. Guidarelli described it as a sketchbook that’s alive as well as a way to show and embrace artistic failure, something all creators face.
Guidarelli’s background as a poetry and theater major at Colorado State planted the seeds for this project, but her experiences in Somerville in the last few years have nurtured her desire to create and share.
“When I moved to Somerville I knew one person here and it was totally random that I lived in Union Square,” Guidarelli said. She now has deep roots in the local community, having worked with Cuisine en Locale and having become an integral part of the team behind the wildly successful Union Square Donuts. Places like Artisan’s Asylum and Fringe Union have also inspired her. “These incubator spaces emphasize the idea of communal collaboration.” And now it’s her turn to get the community inspired, ready to create and share through Ink Seed.