The Travelling Sketchbook arrived in all its deliciousness this week and I am anxiously working out how to give justice to filling in a page or two.
To hold Anne’s beautifully bound sketchbook which already has 3 superb pieces in it is a little intimidating. The works are truly far more special to see close up. My hubby called it a cultural artefact as soon as he saw it and asked where we were planning to exhibit it. Whoa there – says I – lets not get ahead of ourselves – it has a long way to go yet.
Anne’s delicate drawing on the cover, Kate’s incredibly skilled folded fabric feather and Sandra’s vibrant still life are all marks of the generous artist. To make a work and send it off into the world to a stranger is a sign of faith. To be next in line is very special.
But in the meantime – before I add to the sketchbook and send it on the next leg of her journey – I wanted to say how great it is to have so much interest. So Sandra set up a special new blog. I said it looks so good it must have been created by overpaid polo neck wearing hipsters but Sandra said we have to thank the (mysterious gnomes?) at WordPress for the genius theme. It’s so new you can smell the paint:
But before you go there & check it out – it’s important to note we’re not the first group of artists keen to connect through this idea. So in recognition of the Sisterhoods of Travelling Sketchbooks which have come before ours and similar initiatives out there – I’ve added some links and glimpses of a range of works as a source of inspiration.
For links to their blogs and further info please scroll down …
Jaime Haney and Stephanie Corder at Dragonfly Designs are artists and part of a Sisterhood who create and share travelling sketchbooks in the US
Australian Jewellery artists Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young correspond and share a sketchbook at distance, co-editing their designs. They developed an exhibition from their collaborative work and made the papers in New Zealand.
Lori Bentley talks about her aim to draw every day and gives a glimpse of the results in her own sketchbook
The Utah Art Education Foundation has one of the largest experiments in travelling sketchbooks. The foundation sent 50 sketchbooks out around the state, asking contributors to post as they contribute and then pass the book on. The contributions, like these by J Weidmer (l) & Mitchell Barton (r), are eclectic and diverse.
In Western Australia – The Sketchbook Project offers young people a chance to complete a sketchbook with a travelling exhibition for the completed works. A really engaging insight into their ideas and creativity.
At the New York Botanical Gardens you can study botanical illustration which sounds amazingly wise – so when one of their Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate alumna Monica Ray wrote,“Would anyone be interested in a ‘Sketchbook Exchange’? And, if so, how would we go about it?” many jumped at the chance.
One of the exemplars in their sketchbook is by the NYBG drawing instructor, Mary Christiansen
Julia Walck shares a sketchbook at distance with a fellow artist and awaits its return each time to be enjoyed and added to and then returned. The unrolling moleskin book looks wonderful.
Carmen in Kent at whoopidooings blog, returned to study art as a mature student and talks about her time learning and sharing her sketchbooks as well as her commitment to draw and follow her art.
Laura Simeoni & Melinda Young
UTAH Art Foundation
WA Propel Sketchbook Project
New York Botanical Gardens