17 May

A Visit to the 2012 Sketchbook Project Show in Vancouver

Prepare yourselves because I am about to gush excessively and you may get some on you. (Enthusiasm that is).

I feel invigorated, inspired, and excited after visiting the 2012 Sketchbook Project travelling show. It was here in Vancouver for only two days with limited hours at W2 Media Cafe. I made a point to visit both days and see as many sketchbooks as I could, which worked out to about twenty-five or so of the thousands of sketchbooks people have access to during the tour. It’s the work I saw within that small sampling of books that has me so excited, as well as the concept of such a large-scale collaborative project becoming a lending library full of art.

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I really admire the set up of the travelling show. Each visitor is required to sign up for a library card before they can access the collection. Then away you go, selecting sketchbooks based upon theme, location, or random draw. The librarian pulls two books at a time for each patron to pour over, and it can be a mixed bag of amazing to so-so work depending upon the skill of each artist.

I took photos of some of my favourites, which you can see here. It was fascinating to see all the different ways people used the exact same little sketchbook. I am definitely inspired to get to work on the 2013 Sketchbook Project, even though it’s not due until the end of the year.

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Valerie Arntzen, Vancouver BC, Canada

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Kelly Leigh Miller, Louisville KY, USA

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Emily Horton, Tyler TX, USA

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Rachel Ramm, Dublin OH, USA

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Rolando Del Real, Granda Hills CA, USA

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Melia Ramirez & Sandra G, Valle des las Palmas, Mexico

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Brenna Darroch, Fairfax VA, USA

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Andie Wolf, Toronto ON, Canada

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Lucy Howard, Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK

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If you’re unfamiliar with the Sketchbook Project, it’s a collaborative art project organized by Arthouse Co-op, a group based in Brooklyn, NY. People from all over the world sign up to receive a plain brown 5″ x 7″ book and what they can do within those pages is completely open. The final works are contributed back to the Brooklyn Art Library where they become part of the collection, which people can access both online and in person.

I’ve mentioned it previously because I took part in the Limited Edition project earlier this year. The 2013 Sketchbook Project is now open, and I highly recommend you take part. It’s been a HUGE source of inspiration for much of the work I’ve been doing so far this year.

2 comments

  1. Thanks for a great review and giving me a taste of the show. I really wanted to see it. I agree with you that it was a great experience and insprirational.

  2. Thanks Val. I was really hoping to capture a sense of what it’s like to visit the library. I hope it comes to Vancouver again next year.

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