Sketchbook Project 2017

Sketch Book Project 2017
Despite my first attempt to visit being slightly unsuccessful, in June whilst I was in New York, I finally made it to the new home of the Sketch Book Project Library.
Closed sign on sketchbook project door
Not today
The Sketchbook project is a library of artists books, submitted from people all over the world. Its aim is to create a community resource and change the way creative people share their work.
Starting with my sisters book from 2015 and then mine, I spent a happy hour or more looking through the books that caught my eye.

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I left armed with loads of inspiration and two books – one for me and one for my sis. The deadline is the end of this month. Time to make a start.
 The suggested theme is repeat pattern. The working title for mine is:  Love. Laugh. Create. Explore. Repeat. The books creation and journey will be documented here.
There is also still time to sign up for 2017, if you feel like giving it a go…

Will you be my Valentine?

A few handmade Valentines cards have dropped through the letterbox. I loved the personal touches including the hand written note from California, the individual styles and the bright colours, especially the flowers on the Jess Phoenix painting.


Handmade Cards Received

Next year, I will be inspired to write a more personal note and add a bit of colour.



Handmade Valentine Exchange

Inspired by an article in The Great Discontent about a fellow lover of snail mail, art director Julia Parris. Julia opened up her personal Valentines project up to the public in 2013, the yearly handmade valentine exchange helps to share the love around the globe.

Armed with pencils and my sewing machine, I set out to create 10 cards and be part of this year’s swap. As love comes in all colours, pink and lots of hearts were dispensed with. In their place was a quote hand drawn on each card, with stitched couples in love.

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“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  

William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King,Jr

Happy Valentines Day