About a life devoted to the love for Folklore, Mythology, Legends and.....Art

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Sketchbook Project!

I finally have some time to tell you all about my latest project! It is a small project which I only did for fun's sake and also because I wanted to get my mind off of things during these busy months.
As usual I focused on the folklore theme, in this case Dutch folklore, but let me first tell you a bit about the project itself.

The Sketchbook Project:

The Sketchbook Project, an initiative of Art House, is a collaboration of artists who submit their sketchbook in order to create the largest traveling sketchbook library in the world. Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the USA. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be bar coded and available for the public to view.
At the moment 28594 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating and one of these artist is me :-)
To find out more about the project and the tour dates please check out their website: LINK

About my Sketchbook:

It will probably not surprise you that I decided to work with the folklore theme for my own Sketchbook. I thus created a character: Mister Oswald who is a professional folklorist and story-collector. For his work he travels through Holland in order to collect as many folktales as possible. These tales he writes down in his journal, accompanied by drawings he makes and other things he finds on his way.
My sketchbook: Mister Oswald's journal, will thus be a collections of tales and drawings, old and new, put together in one small book. Which I hope many people will enjoy to read and view !

I will upload scans of the journal/sketchbook pages on my Deviant Art account as well as my profile on Art House.
Those of you who are not able to visit one of the exhibitions can thus still see the sketchbook and read the folktales of my country.

You can view the entire contents of the sketchbook here: LINK



  1. Oh wow what a beautiful project, such a great idea :)

  2. It is so beautiful! I love all of the collage elements to your pages. This sounds like such an awesome art project... I can't wait to see more from you, my beautiful Isabella!

  3. this looks wonderful. such a grand addition your book will be!

  4. oh how wonderful! i can't wait to see more!!

  5. it wouldn't let me leave a comment at deviant art (and i was too lazy to sign up heh heh) but i LOOOOOOVE the sketch book. great job! very inspiring...

  6. What a marvelous idea! I will make a point to visit one of the stops on the tour if Atlanta is not on the itinary. I may even have to break my written in stone rule - I will never go to New York City - just so I might see your journal at the Brooklyn museum. It would be worth it just for that. Thank you for sharing the folk tales and your art with others.

  7. Wonderful sketchbook and your puppets are just fantastic!! Lovely.
    Have a happy creative new year!!