The Sketchbook Project

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

A return to the Sugar Bowl sketchbook

I was inspired to get back to work in my Sugar Bowl sketchbook after seeing The Sketchbook Project: 2011 in Portland yesterday. There are almost 10,000 sketchbooks that come from more than 60 countries in this traveling library cum concert tour. The show is a lot o fun, you literally check out the books like in a library, then sit down and take your own sweet time perusing. The following were among the highlights of those that I saw (clicking on the artist’s name will bring you to their Sketchbook Project page where you can see some of the work):

  • Jeff Woodbury – a fellow Peregrine Press artist who did the most amazing mind-bending cut-out drawings in his book;
  • Mary Anne Lloyd – a good friend of mine who is a magnificent illustrator and has filled her book, in her own inimitable style, with all the things that give her life meaning (for example her cappucino machine);
  • Nancy Gibson Nash – another good friend, who is also an illustrator and collage artist. She filled her book with log-cabin-quilt-inspired collages – including some paper that I had collected for her from Italy;
  • Seth Fitts – this is an artist/illustrator I didn’t know before seeing this show. He is from the Atlanta area, and his work is absolutely lovely; and
  • Daniela Volpari – another artist I didn’t know about prior to this show. Of course I had to look for one from Italy. She has adorable illustrations of cats and dogs (the theme of her book).

The project was conceived by and is sponsored by the Art House Coop in Brooklyn. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be cataloged and available for the public to view. So if you can’t see the show, you can always visit the sketchbooks in Brooklyn.

I just missed the deadline to participate in this project – I’m going to try and not let the next one slip by. In the meantime, I’ve pulled out my giant sugar-bowl sketchbook and spent time filling a few pages today (photos at left).

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2 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    What a fun project….thanks for sharing Jessyca.

    • jmbroekman says:

      Hey Lori: it really is a cool project. A little overwhelming to realize there were close to 30,000 who signed up, and almost 10,000 who actually sent their books back! Still, the idea of filling a sketchbook and donating it to a library is really appealing! I’ll let you know when the next call goes out.