traveling sketchbook from Italy

28 Dec

Valeria Poropat (@valeriadraws) is a pen pal of mine from Rome, Italy. When she had the idea of sending around a small accordion book for all of her pen pals to draw in, I was super excited to participate. The book recently showed up in a mail art package last week from Lisa Grabenstetter (@magneticcrow). Creating my panel for this collaborative project has been a great way to ease back into studio-mode after the big trade show and a week of lazy holidays. The only ‘guideline’ for this book was that it’s title was: from here, to there and back again. I of course needed to include animals in my work and since this is a mail-based project organized by a penpal, I immediately thought of both birds and lettermail and their common migratory nature. Because they both travel from “here to there and back again,” birds and snail mail ephemera were the perfect inspiration for my contribution. To create this piece, I used a combination of graphite, pencil crayon, found objects, collage, relief printing and my vintage typewriter. There were five artists that had already added to the accordion book before me, and there are still several more artists who have yet to make their mark on this book (including Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made) who is the lucky lady I am sending this to next)! Above is what the collaboration looks like so far… I hope Valeria is thrilled with the progress, and I am excited to see how this project evolves further!

3 Responses to “traveling sketchbook from Italy”

  1. Jeannine | SaylorMade 28/12/2011 at 10:32 #

    I kept forgetting about his book and then it would pop into my head and I would wonder where it was in its journey. I’m SO excited to be kicking off my new year projects with my contribution. Your panel looks amazing, Jessica!


  1. letters back and forth | - 08/01/2012

    […] complete mail art reply to Jeannine Saylor (@saylor_made) until I had finished my contribution to Valeria’s International Traveling Sketchbook, because Jeannine would be the next to receive it. Once I had completed my page in the book, I […]

  2. Something in the mail | A Distinguished Bird - 06/02/2012

    […] perhaps because I’ve been overbooking myself a little). We were also mutually involved in a traveling sketchbook project initiated by the wonderful Valeria Poropat (which I similarly forgot to blog about… or even […]

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