30 Before 30 • 07 Contribute to an Art Show

Contributing to an art show has been on my list of things to do for a long time. When I was struggling to stay inspired at my 9-5 job last year, I decided to find something new and exciting for me to focus on, that wasn't work oriented. I stumbled across The Sketchbook Project!

I signed up, received my sketchbook and started to plan what I would fill it with. I decided to choose photography as my sketchbook theme and take photos of my everyday life. No special shoots or set ups, just carrying my Leica around and shooting everything. I loved it. Toward the end of the deadline, I printed out my favourites and taped them into my book.

When I was planning my book, I also decided I wanted to foil print the cover! I had tonnes of ideas, however many were not practical for the heavy travel time these books endure, so I foil printed the front badge and some sections inside the book. It was soooo much fun!

If you're struggling to keep inspired or just want something to push you into looking at things differently, I highly recommend it!

The best part of participating in 2013 was that we got to visit The Brooklyn Art Library which housed the first leg of The Sketchbook Project's 2013 journey! We just happened to be in New York at the same time and made the trip out to Brooklyn to check it out.

When I was signing up for my library card, so I could check out some sketchbooks, my partner J was wandering around the library checking out the rest of it. He then overheard someone speaking about a designer from Brisbane who participated and took photos of her everyday life.... about how cute everything was.... IT WAS MY BOOK! Out of the thousands of sketchbooks, they just happened to be flipping through mine at the same time we were there. The odds of that happening is nuts, I'm sure. When J approached her and asked to check out the book, just to make sure, she was equally as excited that I was there too! They also had the cutest little dog in a little brown vest.

So, one more off my 30 Before 30 list and it was one of the best days in New York!

....and to be honest, I was more than a little relieved that the comments about my sketchbook were positive and not negative. One of the best parts of our holiday, could have quickly turned into one of the worst. Lucky!

You can also check out my sketchbook here - If you sign up, you can have it digitised too! Be sure to scan a copy before you send it in.... I was a little disappointed with the quality on the site, but it was fun either way.

Let me know what you plan to do with your Sketchbook Project!