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.
My sketchbook isn’t done traveling just yet – there are 2 additional tour stops and 5 additional events for my sketchbook to be viewed on the 2015 Tour! The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will stop in Roselle, NJ tomorrow, September 12th and the Governors Island Art Fair at the end of September.
These events are family friendly and totally free to attend! You’ll be able to browse thousands of sketchbooks cataloged by theme, content, location, and much more. You can even pick up a blank book to participate in next year’s project!
Roselle, NJ Warinanco Park
Saturday, September 12 | 12:00 – 4:00
Governors Island, NY Art Fair
Saturday, September 19 | 11:00 – 6:00
Sunday, September 20 | 11:00 – 6:00
Saturday, September 26 | 11:00 – 6:00
Sunday, September 27 | 11:00 – 6:00
The Sketchbook Project will be exhibiting almost 400 prints that were submitted to this year’s global print exchange!
Please join us at 7 Dunham Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the exhibition, which will be on view from July 31th – August 7th, 2014.
Opening night is:
Thursday, July 31st from 6pm – 9pm
7 Dunham Gallery, 7 Dunham Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Come join us for a fun event, drinks, and hundreds of amazing works of art!
Gallery hours will be 12-5 on the weekend, and by appointment if you want to see the show from Monday 8/4 – Thursday 8/7 by giving a call to the gallery at 631 682-2250.
Check out the event details here: RSVP and invite friends to the events.
My sketchbook is getting itself ready for some adventures, as it will be travelling the US & Canada on the Sketchbook Project Tour 2014. This year the Mobile Library will be taking to the road with thousands of sketchbooks visiting more than 20 amazing cities across the United States and Canada with my book taking a ride on board.
Head to the official tour page for even more details.
THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2014 TOUR
Starting this March and taking us all the way through October, The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library will be making stops across the United States and Canada on its annual, epic adventure to share sketchbooks with communities far and wide.
MEET THE MOBILE LIBRARY
The Sketchbook Project transports thousands of sketchbooks city-to-city in a custom Mobile Library. You’ll be able to make a free library card on-site and search their catalogue by tag words, location, themes, and even find books by local artists.