the sketchbook project

January 19, 2011

For the last three weeks I have been busy creating and teaching. It has been amazing. Why? because I have been doing what I love the most and it is where my passion lies as a creative person.

Firstly, I have had the most fortunate opportunity to teach creativity and design to 5-8th graders during a mini-session at their school and have come away amazed at this generation’s generosity, kindness, creativeness and ability to express their thoughts on paper. This was one of the most impressive groups that I have worked with in my time teaching. My hope is to be able to develop an adult session based upon the work we did in this course and offer it locally and through my website. Keep your eyes posted over the next several months as this project develops here.

Secondly, I have been participating in The Sketchbook Project through Art House Co-op for the past six months and mailed my completed sketchbook off today. I have not spoken about this project as it has been somewhat of a personal journey for me. Throughout my creative endeavours since having children, I have always had a start and stop, push and pull, tug and release attitude with my projects. There are personal creative projects that sit incomplete and beckoning me back to finish them. Somehow the time gets away, other things peek my interest or they are just plain forgotten.

This was different…I am an avid photographer, my camera or my phone always at hand and I tend to chronicle my families life and not my own journey. So through the course of a year I chose photos that related to my prompt from – Lines and Grids. My book chronicles places I have been and things I have seen over the past year. It is not perfect, actually it is far from perfect and I like it that way. It is a reflection of me, of my past design experience (as I go back to one of my favorite design textbooks from my first year of interior design school: Interior Design Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching) and it was a reminder for me to take this project to its simplest form and go from there. Also, not to be critical of myself or my work. ( I have re-learned this from Marisa at Creative Thursday and from my students that I have taught over the past year)I think so many times we are critical as we are unsure of our place in this creative process. I took baby steps and I did it. I achieved something that I have been striving for, for 10 years and I am proud of that achievement.

My project is on its way to Brooklyn, New York to be cataloged with 28,000 artists from 94 countries and hopefully sent off to one of the following cities for a traveling exhibition in February:

I will be sharing my full sketchbook on flickr, so if you would like to see more pages please check out my flickr page: redlinedesign. It will take me some time to upload all the photos so please check back if it is not showing. Have a great Wednesday everyone.

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