The SFG Blank Book Project is a traveling sketchbook which is scheduled to travel from its home base in Washington DC to 50 illustrators around the world. Once the book arrives at each destination, participating illustrators have 7 days to complete a sketch and send the book on to the next illustrator. The book will reach its final destination approximately mid-December, 2008.
It will travel for approximately one year, from January to December 2008. The theme for this inaugural book is, “Where I Live.” Project creators Jeff Andrews and Steph Doyle hope to launch a second book project at the begining of the new year
This reminds me of a similar project called “Sketch Travel“. which also consisted of a sketchbook in a box with instructions for illustrators to send the book along a predetermined route. Quite a few of the forty scheduled artists and illustrators have contributed and the book is currently in New York City.
Look At Book
Another project with a traveling journal was “Look At Book” which completed in 2004. The project consisted of only four artists: two in Brooklyn, two in Belfast. Every Wednesday one participant would receive the book and would have until the following Monday to send it back out, giving each artist five days to complete a spread in response to the one that preceded it.
There is also the 1,000 Journals project: “One thousand journals are traveling from hand to hand throughout the world. Those who find them will add their stories and drawings, and then pass the journal along in an ongoing collaborative art form. This is an experiment, and you are part of it.” Many of the 1,000 have found their way - through scans and photographs - back to the 1,000 journals website. There is also a documentary, see the trailer on YouTube.
But anyway, back to the SFG Blank Book Project. I’m having a little trouble using the interactive map, however it seems that as of June 6, 2008 the book is in Tampa, Florida, 22 participants down, 28 to go! I hope there is a published book in their future.
Does anyone else know of similar projects? Drop me a line and I’ll post it here.
Visit SFG Blank Book Project