Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A question about my 1st Moleskine...

Saffy lords over my new Moleskine. It's so nice and new... I do have one question, though. I got this kind of Moleskine:

The portable atelier for painting and drawing.
Heavy paper, 200 gsm – 25% cotton fiber – cold pressed, identical on the both sides, specially created for Moleskine.
Pocket: 60 pages. Large: 72 pages.

What do you all think? I love it, but, if it's not keeping with the true mission of the exchange, I'll go and get the standard Japanese fold version.

I bought it and then thought, "Hmm... was there a guideline related to this?" So, I looked back at the email and there was. I thought this would be the best place to post about this to see what everyone thought.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Now What?

Hi everyone!
First of all, kudos to Lisa for organizing such a fantastic, unique group of artists. I was enviously following some of the other moly exchanges, but I never gave a thought to starting one myself. So thanks Lisa!

After a week of stalking the mailman, my moly has finally arrived. Right now the little sucker is sitting on my desk, staring at me and daring me to open him up. I will. Soon. When I get over my neurotic self. All of that artistic angst is good for something though — it's given me an idea for a theme.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
—Pablo Picasso

Or something like that. Maybe. ;-)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Welcome Artists!!! Let the Xchanging commence

I am thrilled to start this little adventure with all of you. Hope your moleskines are arriving and inspiration has been mulling around in your noggins. The plan is to get the first round of Molys exchanged no later than May 15. Then we only get a few weeks to get the 2nd round mailed.. after which we get a leisurely month to complete our entries.

Please use this space as a way to communicate, share our completed and works in progress, questions, over all support of one another... Hey, it is our Exchange we dictate what we want here. ;)

Welcome to moly_x_23!

This group, founded by Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen (USA), is an extension of the Moleskine Exchange. This blog will follow the adventures of a group of artists from around the USA, 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 (2.5 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 around 2.5 pages each round. As we are 6 participants everybody will then get the Moleskine twice until it gets returned to its owner. But feel free to sometimes use a little more or less than 2.5 pages.

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.