Heard of The Sketchbook Project?
I know some of you have, as I've seen links to it on your blogs ;)
Well I sent off for my blank sketchbook last June, so it will be of no great suprise to any of you that I started it 2 weeks before the 31/1/12 postal deadline. HAHAHAHA!
I actually completed it.
I abandon- through sudden and distinct lack of interest- so many things half way through (that scarf I was crocheting for Dad's Christmas present stopped half way through - keep it till I finish it, or send it and tell him to wear it lying down? What do you think?).... so I am amazed and pleased that I actually got this done.
The project, based in Boston, sent out nearly 20,000 sketchbooks, and from April all the ones returned to them will form a sketchbook tour round the USA and then Melbourne and London.
I opted to also have my sketchbook digitised so it will soon be available to see online. I'll put the link on here when it's done.
Till then, I took some photo's of it. See what you think.
You had to pick a theme, and my choice was "Along The Line".
My thoughts were that my life is lived along a line of peaks and troughs caused by bi-polar, and the sketchbook described what it this is like....
Here's the cover.
I painted it in white gesso, which I thought would accept any media on top, but it didn't like my pen or my watercolours. So I peeled some of it off and drew a picture in the gap left. I like it. Looks like a peep-through:
PAGE ONE & TWO- oops didn't copy these sorry ;) They said -
"Hello my name is Helena and I have Bi-Polar" and then,
"Notice I said I HAVE bi-polar, not I AM bi-polar. It is not what I am, it's like this......"
I hope you like the little co-pilot 'black dog' shape!
THIS LINK will take to info about the 2013 tour. Registration starts in April. There is also a little video link you can click on to get general info on how the project works.