Friday, March 21, 2008

Who is bad hatty?

The last post 'My theme' is from Lorraine, Bad hatty is my google id, sorry for any confusion.

My theme

Other Worlds, alter-egos, fantasies, daydreams, Second lives, escapes, through the looking glass, down the rabbit hole, memory palaces, alternates, altered states, somewhere, someone, something else, beyond, inside, instead. Anything Other...

I don't want to lay down too many rules, do as many pages as you feel necessary but I would like a little note on your 'Other', on the blog or in the book, Just a couple of words though, keep it mysterious.

Hope this okay with everyone. I know nobody has seen anything of mine yet, I will try and rectify that this weekend, but I can draw, paint, scrap, collage and bead like hell, ask Zenia, so don't be frightened.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Okay so my journal has arrived and I'm trying to get over that 'new book - must not sully its pages' nonsense. So I've been thinking about a theme. I think I'm going to go for 'If eyes are the windows to the soul, what do you see when you look into mine?' as a theme. The idea is that I will do a starter page with the heading/ theme and then we all do 2 / 3/ 4 pages about what people see when they look into your eyes, or maybe what they don't see because you keep it so well hidden from the world.
Something along these lines:
So the front cover that I will do will look a little like this one.

And then we might do pages along these sorts of lines:

Does that sound okay? I'm looking forward to get started and might have a go this weekend... Long weekend! Yay!

Friday, March 14, 2008

What next?

If you don't have your sketchbooks yet, get your hands on one. The Japanese fold sketchbooks consist of one long page folding accordian style so that there are 30 pages created on one side of the zigzag and 30 on the other.

Add your address into the front cover so it will always come back to you and give your address to the person who will be sending to you. I've set up the mailing order so that the postage costs are as even as possible.

Decide whether you want your book to have a theme and/or any rules, and post here to share your ideas. Start drawing! You can do anything you want (well of course! it's your book) on the inside covers, address page and back of the address page, or not. Then start your sketches on the first 2-3 pages of the zig-zag. Most groups seem to be sharing their pages on their exchange blog so let's do that (cuz I wanna SEE!).

Any views on a posting date of the 15th of every month, starting with April? That will give us time to get the books, ponder themes and then draw. I'm worried if we leave it later we will lose momentum.

Monday, March 10, 2008

You're in good company

I've known Zenia the longest and she is my regular art buddy. We are always up for trying new things (this year so far we have art journalled, made felt and beaded together), and she has recently started visual journalling. She has a unique eye and a great sense of colour.

I met Lorraine almost exactly a year ago. I love her sense of humour and envy her eye for beads (and her secret knowledge of all the best bead shops). I loved her work in a Buffy collaborative journal and her ideas for demotivational scrapbooking crack me up.

I met Carla at Artfest last year. She was teaching a class I was in about finding your creative voice. She is just such a warm, humble, funny person and I was drawn to her immediately. Her 'girls' series is wonderful, but her animals just make me so happy.

I know Trista through Artfest, but I only really got to know her at the Lomo Conference in London in September. I felt more myself talking to her than with most people I met. I love her photos and she has one of the coolest art journals I have ever seen.

I met Patrick at the Lomo Conference in London in September. We had such a great conversation about life, work, marriage, families and moleskines too of course. His blog is beautiful, no one quite captures their surroundings like he does, entertaining and informative in all things stationary. His drawings are amazing too.

There you go, that's why you are all here. I know lots of creative people, but you all have a unique eye that appeals to me and a sense of humour that is my kind of weird.

Access to Post

Each of you has been set up as an author for this blog. You will need a Google account to get started. I will need your email addresses in order to set up access to posting on this blog.

You should then be able to post to this blog.


Welcome to moly_x_10!

This group, founded by Kelly Harcus (UK), is an extension of the Moleskine Exchange. This blog will follow the adventure of a group of artists around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

Each artist will set off with a small Japanese (accordian) folded Moleskine. Creating a drawing, collage, or painting, then send on to the next artist. Each artist will draw on a couple of spreads (3-4 pages) then send it on to the next artist. When the artists book is filled, it will be returned to the owner with images created by artist around the world. Each artist has a month to make an entry. The outcome will be a pleasant and surprising adventure, as artists are encouraged to interact and merge their art with others.

The concept:

1. The artists start with the Japanese fold Moleskine - Name, address, email address written in book.

2. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry, and mail it to the next person. The order is listed to the right.

3. Each artist will do 3-4 pages each round.

4. Artists are encouraged to interact with other images in the book. Please be respectful.

5. When the book is full, when one side of the unfolded book is filled, the book will be sent back to its original owner. That artist may continue by buying a new book and sending it to the next person.

6. If a person decides not to continue, she will simply keep her book when it comes back to her. She should email all of the participants to say she is not going to continue. We will decide, then, if we want to find a new person.

7. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

This moly_x_project was begun by Marty Harris, Minnesota, USA.