A friend of mine recently posted an article about the Sketchbook Project. The Sketchbook Project is just one art project presented by the Art House Co-op. Okay, so what’s the Art House Co-op? I will sort of direct quote from their site because that will explain the Co-op and the Project best.
‘Art House is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Their flagship endeavor is the Sketchbook Project: an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. They also operate the Brooklyn Art Library, their storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, as a home for all of their projects.
Art House began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time, their small organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 60,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, Art House nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world.’
You don’t have to be an artist. As they say, “All of our projects are open to everyone.”
From what I can tell, there was a project for 2011 and 2012. The current project is 2013. To participate in the Sketchbook Project 2013 all you have to go to their site and get a sketchbook. This includes telling them who you are, what your theme is going to be (don’t know? check ‘undecided’) and send them $25.00. I can’t find the reference right now but I believe you have until the end of October to get your book. For an extra $30 you can have your book digitized but I went with the basic fee. Now the fun begins. There are very few rules about the book, mostly you are free to do a lot of stuff. However the spirit or muse moves you. You don’t have to sketch. You can write a story, or just write. You might fill it with poetry or glue in… pictures, clippings, all the old wrapping paper you’ve saved from endless birthdays and Christmases, quilt squares, train tickets, whatever. It is your 32 pages.
But whatever you do has to be done by January 15, 2013. That’s the date it MUST be postmarked and sent on its merry way back to the Art House Co-op. I think what happens next is the best part. Your book now joins the Brooklyn Art Library, it will go on tour next year, people can check it out (notice your barcode on the back) and you will be notified everytime your book goes out.
Currently the 2012 Sketchbook Project is touring and you can check their site to see if it might be near you. Don’t let this next link intimidate you, just enjoy, for here is their page of 35 Sweet Sketchbook Covers from the past.
My book and instructions just arrived yesterday so I’m going to see where the art gods lead me.