Last night geek Heather and I visited the Sketchbook Tour Project on their 2012 world Tour. You might remember that we both took part last year. The crack is that you sign up online, select a theme and your blank sketchbook arrives in the mail).
Upon entering the striking and shiny-new Canada Water Library, you are directed towards an unassuming atrium sort of room called ‘Culture Space’. Greeted warmly by American accents, smiles and a quiet bustling from readers you are quickly equipped with a library card and introduced to the booking system (this will be the bit where every time a sketchbook is checked out, the artist is notified by email-I know it’s happened to me!).
With 2 books at a time we each ooh and awww our way through a world of creative thoughts, questions and humour that to respond relevant themes. An hour is not long enough! I could have easily spent a good 3-4 hours lost in this heavenly world of sketched, collaged, painted, stuck, cut stories and still not managed to view a fraction of the collection.
Sneak peak at wealth of inspirational variety - cut and stick
It is an amazing achievement to have people from ALL OVER the world contribute to a travelling piece of art. A piece of art that is, in fact, something you can touch, embrace, and even in some sketchbooks draw or write into! The variety, scale of individuality and astonishing love that The Sketchbook Project Tour is made with is quite overwhelming.
Stunning rework of Sketchbook function and process by Tamar Kasparian
Would I recommend a visit? HELL YEAH!
Would I recommend being part of the collection?YEAH - DON’T MISS OUT!
What are you waiting for? Sign up to next year’s project now!
Today is the last day of the London tour (19th Oct 2012) but they are a permanent feature in the New York Library. Totally justifies a trip to The Big Apple!
More About Art House (Sketchbook Project Founders)
Art House is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Our flagship endeavor is the Sketchbook Project: an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists' books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. We also operate the Brooklyn Art Library, our storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, as a home for all of our projects. Read more from website
You can also see more of Geek Heathers involvement in other interesting Art House creative projects here