Sketchbook Project

Sketchbook Project

Three of our members have participated in the Sketchbook Project  

"The project is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Our flagship endeavour is The Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced library that features 33,844 artists' books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries."

Allison Bullock participated in 2013 and here is the link to her book
Diana Bullock participated in 2014.... the link to her book

In 2015 Diana created another book  ..... the link to this sketchbook  
and Grace MacPherson created a book also ..... the link is here

These books all become part of the permanent Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn, New York however this coming weekend the books created in 2015 will be part of a mobile library that will be visiting the GTA. If you are in Oakville Ontario or the Distillery District of Toronto make a point to stop for a few moments and check out this unique collection. This is the last year the mobile library will be travelling to different locations. In the future the books will be available to view in Brooklyn or on line. 

More information is here August 27th in Oakville and August 28th - 30th in Toronto 

Grace MacPherson (C) 2015
Diana Bullock (C) 2015

The Sketchbook Project

Studio Tour artist Allison Bullock recently completed the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project. With a by-line like 'Creative Interactive Crowd-Sourced Art Projects Since 2006'  the Sketchbook Project sounds interesting, doesn't it? Here's Allison to explain: 
I'm not certain when I first became aware of The Sketchbook Project; probably about a year ago, but it wasn't until October 2012 that I decided to sign up.

My sketchbook arrives!
The idea behind this initiative is that there isn’t enough gallery space to allow all artists who would like to show their work the opportunity to do so. Sketchbooks are smaller, more easily stored than large paintings, and much easier to transport. Genius!

As a participant in The Sketchbook Project, I paid $25 to have a sketchbook sent to me and my job was to fill the 32 pages with my art, then send it back to New York to become part of a travelling library of art.

The beginning of a Star Wars collage!
After two weeks of not-very-patient waiting, my sketchbook arrived and I set about filling it. My first task was to decide what medium to use; I usually paint in acrylic or encaustic (wax) neither of which would lend to the nature of a sketchbook. In the 'rules and regulations' sent by the Art House Co-Op, a durable medium that would not cause the pages to stick was recommended.

I decided instead to flex my underused collage muscles. Collage can be beautiful, but like anything in art, it is an acquired skill to know when to stop! Finding balance is difficult and I have often admired those who are able to do so, well. I also decided to use the more traditional graphite pencil as well as pencil crayon, and some really fun art markers that I hadn't had the occasion to use yet.

 As I set about creating art, I was pleasantly surprised how quickly everything came together and as an added bonus, I was pretty happy with the result (artists are notoriously hard on themselves about their own work.)
Have you heard about the bird?

The 2013 Sketchbook Project books will actually make a stop in Toronto in the Distillery District. I think I'm most excited to see my sketchbook in this travelling! And the best part is that when the exhibition finishes, my sketchbook will become part of the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.