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Fiction Sketchbook Project 2011: It must be …

Posted in Craft, Exhibitions, Projects, Sketchbook by andrejabrulc on 29/05/2011

The Cover

I participated in the Fiction Sketchbook Project 2011, which is one of many Sketchbook Projects run by the Art House Co-op (now called The Sketchbook Project) based at The Brooklyn Art Library. Since its inception in 2006, the Art House Co-op has initiated many international art projects and has brought together thousands of artists from all over the world.

Project Overview

The Fiction Sketchbook Project is an opportunity to tell stories in a different way by fusing text and images. As a rule of thumb, the Art House Co-op recommends that you dedicate 51% of your sketchbook to words.

After you sign up to participate in the project, Art House Co-op sends you a Moleskin sketchbook (in this case, 5.25×8.25 inches). You can choose from a list of 40 themes. You can either select one for your book, or choose to have a theme randomly assigned to you. However, once you have chosen your theme you’re stuck with it! The themes are supposed to be a starting point, not a restriction. The theme I chose is It must be…

I decided from the start to treat my chosen theme as if I was constructing a children’s picture book in the sketchbook. I wrote a simple narrative about four seasons seen through the eyes of a child. Each spread was therefore carefully worked out in advance on the basis that it was to contain a single sentence accompanied by a direct visual response.

You are free to rebind the sketchbook, use a different paper, and do whatever you want to the front and back covers. This sketchbook was rebound in a Coptic style binding using Fabriano Hot Press 90lb paper.

You can use any medium as long as the book keeps to the same dimensions when closed. This sketchbook uses a mixed media combining illustration with photography, typography, traditional techniques such as handprinting, stitching and patchwork, crocheting, and industrial materials such as scrim tape.

Finally, as you are especially encouraged to write the text by hand, I chose to use a hand-written script type created a while ago in association with a book cover for Beletrina and have since used it in other occasions.

For all images of this Fiction Sketchbook click Flickr. Here are some examples.





After traveling across the United States (see the venues below), the Fiction Project will enter into the Brooklyn Art Library’s narrative collection.

Brooklyn Art Library
103A N. 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Open Tue – Sun: Noon – 8pm, closed Mondays)
Sketchbook Project Tour
June 10-12, 2011
Form/Space Atelier
Seattle, WA
June 16-18, 2011
Madrone Studios
San Francisco, CA
July 14-17, 2011
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, IL
July 29-31, 2011
Full Sail University
Winter Park, FL

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