Thursday, October 30, 2008

Welcome to moly_x_53!

Moly_x_53, founded by Je Ad (Germany), is an extension of the Moleskine Exchange. This blog will follow the adventure of a group of artists around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange. Our current group includes the artists listed to the right, including contributors in many different countries all over the world.

Each artist will set off with a small Japanese (accordian) folded Moleskine. Creating a drawing, collage, or painting, then send on to the next artist. Each artist will draw on a couple of spreads (3-4 pages) then send it on to the next artist. When the artists book is filled, it will be returned to the owner with images created by artist around the world. Each artist has a month (give or take) to make an entry. The outcome will be a pleasant and surprising adventure, as artists are encouraged to interact and merge their art with others.

The concept:

1. The artists start with the Japanese fold Moleskine - Name, address, email address written in book.

2. Each artist gets 1 month (give or take) to make a sketchbook entry, and mail it to the next person. The order is listed to the right -- for participants in this exchange, look at the list of names under MAILING ORDER. If you ever need to update addresses, please feel free to contact your partners directly! An important part of this project is to discuss and exchange information and ideas.

3. Each artist will do 3-4 pages each round.

4. Artists are encouraged to interact with other images in the book. Please be respectful, but also don't hesitate to meld your art with earlier entries.

5. When the book is full, when one side of the unfolded book is filled, the book will be sent back to its original owner. That artist may continue by buying a new book and sending it to the next person.

6. If a person decides not to continue, she will simply keep her book when it comes back to her. She should email all of the participants to say she is not going to continue. We will decide, then, if we want to find a new person.

7. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

This moly_x_project was begun by Marty Harris, Minnesota, USA.


juan_h said...

hi everyone

here we go!

rins said...

yay! just yesterday i bought the japanese moleskine! so does this mean we have no theme? just fill the pages and w'll see?

jen.ben said...

hey rins, if you want to you can definitely start your moly with a theme. on the other blogs, there is a bunch of molys with fairy, love and poetry themes..not my thing. i was thinking about "ornament and crime" as a theme, but that might be a little.. too much.
have a nice weekend, all of you!

juan_h said...

i'm ok with ornament and crime...

Anonymous said...

I'm happy with ornament and crime too :)

Beth said...

ornament and crime...I like it. I'm ready to get started!

juan_h said...

well, maybe some Jugendstil.
just a bit


jen.ben said...

ornament and crime it is, then.

rins said...

ok, ornament and crime then. and like juan said, with maybe something extra. love and poetry is not really myb thing either. but those fairies.. and combined with crime, hmmm.
oh and just to be sure there is no language-barrier: ornament means decoration doesnt it?
and do we already know where to send our moleskine too? Do i send it to juan? (only address i have so i suppose it must be.)
btw: congrats with obama!

juan_h said...

hi rinske, jen is going to post this idea she had for a rotation order. Don't worry, when everything is ready, we all are going to know what to do!

Wil Freeborn said...

So is this one theme for the whole group or do we each do a theme?

jen.ben said...

i´d prefer if each one does a theme..

Noko said...

i'm happy with having my own theme! :)