The 1000 Journals Project

I have always been fascinated by 1000 journals project.  Browsing the website I enjoy the raw, unmediated creativity of it. Since the project started there has been a film made about it and a book produced. Today I thought I would share some links to this inspirational site

Graphic designer Brian Singer who goes by the name “Someguy” purchased blank journals real, physical book kind of blank journals and released them into the world in the summer of 2000 in other words he gave them to friends, left them public places such as coffee shops, book stores,libraries, park benches.The project is described as “…an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels.” Inside each book the instructions are to write or draw in them, then scan and email the page spread before passing them on. The photos where published on the 1000 journals project website.

Although the journals are tracked on the website many have not returned. Andrea Kreuzhage a film maker discovered the stories and set about finding out what had become of them and made a film out of it.

Here the trailer launches with the question Where did your creativity go?

Here 1000 Journals Titles Sequence

If you want to know more about the people behind this project here is an interview by Matt McClure Interviews Andrea Kreuzhage

Visit 1000journalsfilm for info about the movie

On Youtube there is an interview with project organiser “Someguy” at AFI (American Film Institute) Fest

The book about the 1000 Journals Project

The 1000 Journals Project the book highlights page spreads from the project containing a has a myriad of different people’s writings, sketching, photographs and ephemera collaged to the pages. I have the book and enjoy the eyecandy factor very much. The book is a beautifully produced facsimile in the same style of casing as the original journals including in some cases machine stitching designs on the page spreads as the originals had been done. The book is not an instructional book at all but an inspirational treat that makes a great gift for creative people who have an interest in journaling.

The project is inspirational in nature and the website for the 1000 Journals Project never fails to stimulate me. Make a cuppa and enjoy the eye candy.

Yulia Brodskaya Paper Quilling Artist

Work of Yulia Brodskaya Paper Artist

Work of Yulia Brodskaya Paper Artist

I have recently discovered the paper artist Yulia Brodskaya via her website. Yulia Brodskaya uses thin strips of paper cut and bent into dramatic, rich three-dimensional paper illustrations that delighted and fascinated me. I spent a good time browsing and I am sure readers here will find them interesting.

Yulia Brodskaya says “I draw with paper instead of on it”. It is a very apt description for her innovative style. To find out more about her paper craft practice visit her website and browse her gallery pages.

Work of Yulia Brodskaya Paper Artist

Work of Yulia Brodskaya Paper Artist

Finding threads of a story while traveling

Pilgrim shell dated 1200 ADI am not sure what I feel about omens as sometimes they sound like new age clap trap but I did pause to think about the person who carried this shell on a pilgrimage.

This shell dated at 1200 AD was found in the old city at Bristol. Now, the interesting thing about this shell is that this type of shell is not found in British waters. The scallop shell is the symbol of St James and worn by pilgrims as a sort of badge while walking the Santiago de Compestela in Spain. In times past it was believed to keep pilgrims safe and it was also handy to scoop water from streams and drinking fountains along the way. The shells have 2 holes drilled in them and are stung with leather. This enables them to be worn on belt or around the neck. The tradition is still alive as these days pilgrims still carry a shell but tie them to their back packs.

As regular readers know I am slowly heading towards France where Jerry and I are going to walk the Camino de Santiago. This pilgrimage is a 500 mile (800 Kilometres) from St Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago in Spain. It will probably take us about 5-6 weeks to walk it but this shell was found in Bristol so who ever carried it to Santiago and back had a much longer than we do!

Needless to say I had to add a quick sketch to my travel journal. I used aquarel pencils, watercolour, pitt pens in a hand book journal which is 5 inches by 5 inches. The buff colored paper is about 140 gsm and takes a light wash.

Sketch of St James Sculpture 1400-1500

Yesterday we went to the V&A and who should I bump into but a small statue of St James dressed as a pilgrim. Well… Not literally bump as I am careful in a museum. It was found in the Midlands in England, dated 1400-1500. Made off alabaster this figure was probably used for personal devotion.

Once again it seamed appropriate to attempt a small sketch in my travel journal. It was done using graphite a aquarell pencils and I added a light wash of water when I was back at the hotel.

Sometimes stories unfold themselves in a journal. They can appear to be over a couple of days or couple of weeks. It is fun and interesting to watch for and pick up the threads of various stories as they interweave themselves into my life. So I don’t see omens but I do see stories.