Strong Island mentioned this project last year and since then it has spread internationally. The idea is simple – putting sketchbooks each with a theme into libraries around the world. You are encouraged to write, draw, rip, staple, sew etc in these books. We now have over 300 sketchbooks in Libraries across Portsmouth and have launched in Winston Salem, US and will travel to Chennai, India tomorrow. You can sign out these sketchbooks up to 4 weeks and it would be wonderful to see a vast array of different styles and ways that you can leave your mark. There is a planned book and exhibition on the horizon and one of your pages could be used. We will also be mixing up the sketchbooks so some will travel from Portsmouth to USA and India and vice versa.
Below is an example of the entries in Portsmouth so far plus some images from my recent visit to Winston Salem, US.