Art House Co-op in Brooklyn, NY sent me a little e-mail letting my know that my 2012 sketchbook project has been digitized! I am getting excited for the sketchbook project to kick off it’s WORLDWIDE TOUR! It will be fun to see who checks out my book. If you’d like to view my piece on the Art House website, you can do so by clicking here or you can visit my youtube channel and watch a video of me flipping the pages. I’m so happy my project made it safely to NY this year so that it can travel with the others to all of these fabulous destinations.
As most of my readers know, I throughly enjoyed working on my Art House Sketchbook Project this year, especially because it paid homage to my 2011 sketchbook which got lost in the post. I included a mini zine of my 2011 book, on the back inside cover of this recently finished volume, so that readers could see the inspiration for each new spread. The second it was finished I knew I wanted to create a limited edition set of them as well as put together a zine that chronicled the new pages of my 2012 submission! I have been designing, printing, cutting, folding and stapling the past few days away. My kitchen table is pretty much a zine factory right now!!! Each zine has two dozen full color pages! One chronicles every pages from my 2012 sketchbook while the other chronicles all of the pages from the 2011 sketchbook that inspired the spread for 2012. They are awfully fun to read simultaneously, viewing the matching images as if they were diptychs! I have listed both zines on my etsy shop here and here and am also selling them as a set at a discount price here; I would be thrilled to package some up for you! I am also hopeful that readers who attend the Sketchbook Project World Tour will write down my web info after perusing my creative pages and perhaps be interested in purchasing their own little copies of my fur covered sketchbooks.
It has been tons of fun slowly sharing my Art House sketchbook project 2012 creations with you! Today is the day where I’m finally able to show you the glorious rebound cover, share a video of me “reading” my sketchbook and revealing a well-kept secret: I made a zine for the back inside cover which chronicles the inspiring pages from my lost 2011 sketchbook project!!! Above is the 2011 sketchbook “Figuring You Out” which inspired not only the new imagery for my 2012 project, but the new cover treatment as well. So without further ado, I present to you, my 2012 “I remember you” sketchbook finished & rebound: I chose a delicate white cow hide that I’ve had in my leather / book binding bin for a very long time. The color and texture felt like the perfect counterpart to the dyed black rabbit pelt I used the year before for “Figuring You Out.” I love how this new cover brings a certain warmth to the act of holding and viewing my project; a feeling that a cardboard cover just can’t give a reader. I am also hopeful that the white furry spine looks enticing on the bookshelf to gallery-goers who only get to pluck a few sketchbooks, from thousands, to sit down and read. And with that said, I know you won’t be able to physically read and touch my book until the Sketchbook Project World Tour comes to a city near you, so until then I have done the next best thing and filmed a video of me reading it: I am so proud of how my sketchbook turned out!!! Plus making a zine, which chronicles all of the inspirational lost pages, was the perfect conclusion to the book. I have a feeling readers will be pleasantly surprised by it, and perhaps they will go through my project twice, comparing the imagery of both books! I am in the midst of finishing up a zine which chronicles my new 2o12 creations, and I can’t wait to list both sketchbook project zines in this section of my etsy shop. It really has been a blast sharing this very personal and meaningful project with you these past few weeks and I’d love for you to leave your comments and thoughts about it, as they are always welcome and appreciated!