A tiny sketchbook embarked upon a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean bound for New York. It was due to take up a position within the Brooklyn Art Library as part of a diminutive collection in the (Tiny) Sketchbook Project, but although it arrived at its destination before the postal deadline, and tracking indeed confirmed its arrival, the little book was never catalogued, its fate remains unknown. It would never receive its library reference number, or join its peers within a tiny suitcase, visiting exotic locations on the other side of the world. All that remains are some scans (below) from its pages made just before this tiny sketchbook departed for an uncertain future and unforeseen disappearance, never to return again to the studio.
My 2018 Sketchbook voyager ‘La Montagne’ has reached its destination. The project has now been catalogued into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of:
There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.
‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.
This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.
The letter ‘A’ found in objects and shadows one February morning on a station platform.
The Things Found Series is a new photography series from The Sketchbook Project that encourages participants to capture an image of a common space. They are challenging artists to find something amazing by accident.
‘On your way to work, while sitting at a coffee shop, or maybe on an adventure. Photograph something that strikes you that you may never have noticed.’
This week, the challenge was to find the letter A hidden in everyday places and objects – anywhere but in an intentional letter A.
Landscape of a winter’s evening collage – at work in the studio.
Included in the first ever worldwide collection of work spaces at the Sketchbook Project.