Its a taco truck, an art library on wheels, a collaborative art project and its 100% awesome. What am I talking about, you might ask? I’m talking about The Sketchbook Project: a traveling exhibition of sketchbooks spearheaded by an independent, Brooklyn-based company called Art House back in 2006. Steven Peterman, printmaker and self-proclaimed lover of all things handmade, partnered together with co-founder Shane Zucker and now director of The Brooklyn Art Library, Sara Peterman, to bring the world together one sketchbook at a time. Today, the team has grown but the passion for the project is still evident. The process is quite simple:
- You visit the website to check out the postmark dates for the next traveling exhibition.
- Then, you order your sketchbook. A 32 page, 5x7, 100% recycled book that is then mailed to you. (The Sketchbook Project also encourages organizations and schools to participate for a discount in cost)
- You choose whether or not you want your sketchbook to be accessed virtually in the online gallery or strictly by traveling exhibition.
- Then, you choose your sketchbook’s tour cities.
- Next, you fill it up with whatever content you want. Draw, print, paint, paste, or tear out. Anything goes!
- Finally, you mail it back and off it goes to inspiring the masses to get creative!
The Sketchbook Project has amassed a loyal following. With over 65,000+ participants since it began and over 30,000 sketchbooks in the collection, TSP is fostering a sense of community, creativity and experimentation on a scale that’s unheard of. And, with an idea that’s uniquely changing the outlook we have on the importance of an imagination, I encourage everyone to take part in the movement.
The next sketchbook postmark date is on January 15, 2014. I'll be participating, will you?
Purchase merch from their library by clicking here.