Thursday, October 28, 2010

an ode to the moleskine

A timeless tradition of artists and writers, the Moleskine is a simplistic array of journals, diaries and sketchbooks.  They pay tribute to the sleek, durable notebooks used by many of the great thinkers from the past including Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh.

A nameless black notebook carried throughout the world recording the thoughts, stories, sketches and ideas that would become the writings and art cherished today. Now, Moleskine artwork can be found throughout the digital world and fuses many mediums together - watching the progression of this paper bound book move into the virtual realm is quite intriguing.  
The Sketchbook Project is the newest chapter in this legacy.  A tour of thousands of sketchbooks created by anyone, anywhere in the world will go across the US on an exhibition in museums and galleries.  After the tour the books will make their final stop in a permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library where they will be available for public view.  Artists can track where their sketchbook is and how many times its been pulled off the shelf.  They can also have the entire book digitized to flip through online and have it viewed internationally.    
Artists must order their Moleskine by October 31st '10 and choose a theme.  Check out the site for details.

To get inspired and see how others fill up their Moleskine's visit the site.  It'll be sure to get the creative juices flowing. ;) xoxo love,

{photo sources: Extrasist0le}


  1. Moleskines are such an inspiration as is their legacy. Thanks for sharing this project! This is my first time visiting and you have such a lovely blog I had to say hello :) Maybe we could follow each other!

    - the runaway

  2. Thank you so much for visiting ~ your blog is wonderful too! I absolutely love Paris ~ it is one of my most favourite places in the world! I am now following you Ms. Runaway and looking forward to future posts. xoxo love,


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