The Sketchbook Project creates a space to share your process with the world. With new features, new books and a custom-desgined library cataloging system, the 2012 Project is ready for a world tour – all we need is your work.
Your sketchbook will be given a barcode with a unique number – this allows us to keep track of your book and record every time it's viewed at the Brooklyn Art Library and on tour. After we catalog the sketchbook, you'll be able to log in to the Sketchbook Project website and view real-time statistics on your submission for years to come.
Every visitor receives a library card to use while browsing the exhibition. As a participating artist, you'll receive email or text messages each and every single time your book is viewed, connecting you and your work to visitors from around the world. Of course, you can turn these notifications on or off at will.
Every artist who completes a sketchbook and returns it to us will have his or her book included on the tour. Your book will visit art spaces across the country and around the world, encountering thousands of people along the way.
As a fully cataloged library, we know exactly where each sketchbook is located. You can send friends, family and fellow art lovers to the Brooklyn Art Library and our librarians will be able to immediately pull your book from the stacks. Same goes for the tour. Patrons can also search for books by theme, geographic location and even user-generated keywords. We like to keep things organized.
Beginning in late spring 2012, Art House will be opening a new (hopefully permanent!) space in San Francisco. Participants in the 2012 project will be part of the inaugural exhibition in our West Coast hub.
Participants can upload a biography that will be featured online alongside the digitized sketchbook. Personal histories, irreverent notes, formal CVs, or links to websites – this space is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about you.
The Brooklyn Art Library acts as the physical extension of Art House and is home to the Sketchbook Project. Our walls are lined with shelves where we display the sketchbooks and visitors are welcome to check out a pile of books, have a seat at one of our sun-soaked oak tables, and pass an afternoon happily browsing.
Sketchbookers spoke and we listened! This year, Art House created a custom-designed sketchbook in collaboration with Scout Books featuring a host of improvements and a greener footprint.
This year's official Sketchbook Project book is made from high quality 100% recycled paper milled in the Pacific Northwest, printed with vegetable-based inks and produced with renewable energy. We've also improved the weight and texture of the paper, enhanced the strength of the cover and selected wire saddle stitching so that each book is easier to rebind if necessary. We're proud to say that these are the best books we've ever been able to offer for the Sketchbook Project – thanks to feedback from hundreds of members of the Art House community.