I saw this project on another blog today and I was instantly inspired. It has got to be the coolest thing I’ve stumbled across in a long time.

I carried a sketchbook for years— multiple mediums with their little pieces taped here and there, doodles, dye and water colors splashing the pages. The smashed bindings, crinkled edges, and wavy pages representing me. For unknown reasons, I stopped carrying one a few years ago.

Just by signing up, I’ve become giddy, re-inspired.

I chose the “Trading Forever” theme. Ideas are zipping around in my head. Travel.  Friends. Trading moments for days, days for weeks, years for a lifetime. Who wants those coupons? What if you made that trade… what is “forever?” What if you made that trade and forever turned out to be just a day…

The concept that I’ve traded forever outcomes by making life choices, some big, some small. Forks in the road, diverging. There is no going back, only forward. I’m not one for regrets, so, looking back on my choices, like a road map, I acknowledge, I traded a few forevers to have this sweet little life of mine. And so, I think I’ll focus on this concept, mixing media, maybe a few pop-up and fold out pages—

Accepting moments as they are— perfect sun, the right pose, a building demolished and the plot redeveloped— nothing lasts forever. I’m thinking about Hatch, colors, buildings, blind line drawings, batik designs, etc. This is going to be fun.

My babblings may not make sense, but they make sense to me—and well, it’s my sketchbook, so paws off!

Oh. Wait…

Deadline for signing up is October 2010. Deadline for submission is early January 2011. All of the sketchbooks will go on tour in 2011 and then reside permanently at the Brooklyn Art Library.  Check out the rules—you can make alterations to your book and add larger pages so long as they fold down to the book’s original size.

I encourage each of  you to sign up.

As I am a sentimental woman, I will confess— a secondary reason to participate—my sketchbook will be in Brooklyn available for my sister to check out and thumb through the pages whenever she gets the hankering to be close to me. She’s always loved my sketchbooks. So, Eins, this one’s for you… just like the octopus sketch from high school only this time you can’t take it, but you can check it out.

The art coop has several other projects open to submission. If this one isn’t right for you, perhaps another one will snag your attention and renew your inspiration.

Follow the link below and join me on this creative ride! Come on, you know you want too…

The Sketchbook Project: 2011 » Art House Co-op | We build art projects and communities.