The Sketchbook Project
I signed up for The Sketchbook Project 2011 some time back. I had actually forgotten about it until today, when I got an email telling me my sketchbook is on the way. And then a few hours later, the mailman delivers it. :)
Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.
After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.
“Each artist is sent the same blank Moleskine Cahier sketchbook. We’ve only got two rules: first, the book must be used in some way – no sending us back an empty book or a completely different book! Second, the sketchbook must stay within its original dimensions (because we don’t want to have to provide an extra suitcase just for your book while we’re touring the country).”
“Each book will be given a barcode so we can easily catalog it into The Brooklyn Art Library system. Once we catalog it, artists will be able to track where on the tour their book is viewed and how many times someone pulled it from the shelf – we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!”
I choose the theme I’m a Scavenger and I’m going to make this all about my trip to China. I’m creating a page under Projects that I can use to post all the sketches and any thoughts I have on them when they’re done. This should be interesting. Here’s a little pie breakdown of how people are choosing themes so far. This was grabbed from their site on May 18th. I’ll be curious to see how it changes before the deadline.
I’m trying to talk a bunch of friends into doing it and even getting my “non-artistic” friends to give it a try. If you’re reading this and you have $20 to spare, you should send off for your sketchbook too. Click the link below and you’re on your way.