brown paper bunny’s traveling journal

16 Jun

Australian Jessica Mack (aka @brownpaperbunny) is an incredible and fast-paced creative, so if you aren’t ready to keep up, don’t even bother clicking her name… Seriously, this girl is constantly exploring, making, producing, blogging, and just generally having fun.  Which brings me to the topic of this post: apart from constantly embarking on her own creative adventures, she also constructs projects and invites other artists along for the ride.  With the close of the Art House Co-op‘s sketchbook project 2011, she decided to keep the worldly journal concept going by creating a stitch-bound book and inviting eleven other sketchbook artists to collaborate on it. The traveling journal “Around The World” was born. Jessica Mack started the book. Here’s her blog post about the project.

The second artist that contributed was Gabriella Sainz from France. Here is her blog post about it and an image of her work: I was the third artist to find the journal in my postbox. Inside was a note written by Jess that instructed me of the format. First, I was to stick a stamp on the first page and fill out the bio questions. I chose one of my vintage beauties: a 4 cent stamp of caribou, and answered the required questions. Next I had a 2 page spread to create an image that was to be inspired by around the world, international or mail. This isn’t my normal style, but with these kind of interactive and very different projects, I like to get outside of the ordinary and just have fun. I am a fan of cliches so I hope that explains the inspiration. I know that if anyone is offended by this silly image, they don’t have a sense of humor. (PS: since drawing this image I have realized that one day I want to be the proud owner of a beaver-shaped mailbox).After that, I had one more page to work on. I wanted to do something different… I always enjoy making sketchbooks more interactive, with layers to discover. So, I attached a traditional air mail envelope onto the page, then filled it with stamps and mailing ephemera. On the right, a British Columbia sticker with an airmail pattern arrow to an Australia sticker.Finally I was to attach a stamp or two inside the back cover. Jess hopes that by the end of the book’s journey, it will be completed plastered with them. I added a couple nice vintage beauties, one depicting a post office and another about ‘O Canada’ (our national anthem), that had been mailed to me from Kamloops, BC. This project was a lot of fun, and I was happy Jessica dreamed it up and included me. I have packaged the traveling journal up and it is being sent along with my EPIC mail art reply for Jeannine Saylor, as she is next on the list. (I went to deliver it yesterday, but the postal strike is now on in 100 Mile House, so they aren’t accepting letters or parcels at this time…. but they second they open, this beauty is ready to travel to Sooke, BC). Stay tuned to Jessica’s original blog post to see how this mail bound project continues to evolve. Oh, and just to keep your curious and excited, I am also participating in Jessica Mack’s other traveling journal MixTape so make sure you look for that post in the future.

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7 Responses to “brown paper bunny’s traveling journal”

  1. anika 16/06/2011 at 12:58 #

    this looks like so much fun. i’m putting it on my goal list to participate in more collaborations.

    Your character drawings are awesome & hilarious. How did you know that my mailbox looks just like that!? What your readers might not catch from your illustration is that the lever that goes up to announce there’s outgoing mail is an actual sparkler that I light up just before the mailman comes each day, and when the door opens, our national anthem starts playing. ;) As spectacular as it is, I’m a little envious of the kangaroo mailbox, I must admit.

  2. Jess @ Brown Paper Bunny 16/06/2011 at 16:21 #

    Oh, you’re awesome! Such a cool entry. I know it has only been to two other countries so far, but I am SO excited to see what everyone does and how it all turns out!

  3. broadsideblog 16/06/2011 at 19:16 #

    What a fun and cool idea.

    As a fellow Canuck (in NY), I love the beaver mailbox!

  4. Kye Sangha 16/06/2011 at 21:41 #

    That is so, so beautiful!

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