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The idea behind this assignment is to change and expand an existing sketchbook. We've taken
a black, anonymous, inexpensive sketchbook, but you can start with any book that you instinctively
like the look or feel of. Now the idea here is to change the structure of the sketchbook,
it's not about content creation yet. This is about creating places and spaces within
a sketchbook, and changing the shape and structure of the pages. These changes when you are working
in your sketchbook later on creating the content, can really help you change your thoughts and
develop your sketchbook practice.
So you might want to bend pages to create pockets, you might want to add bags to create
collecting areas, or add fabric so that again you can change the nature of the work you
do in the sketchbook. The idea is that serendipity plays a great force, so that you start off
with a blank sketchbook, you add whatever you can find or whatever you are attracted
to, to change the shape of the places and spaces within the sketchbook, and then as
you are working in the sketchbook at a later point in the course, coming upon these interesting
pages and spaces, can really help change the nature of your work.
The are so many different activities which can take place in a sketchbook, and I think
this kind of sketchbook reminds us and enables us to make full use of all the different activities.
So for example you come across a page with an envelop and it prompts you to start collecting.
You might create spaces which contain mini sketchbooks for little theme projects. The
idea is to be as creative and think as laterally as you can, in this early stage of working
in your sketchbook, and so that when you are working in your sketchbook, you are not only
inspired by the world around you, and you are not only inspired by what's in your head,
but you are also inspired by the sketchbook itself.
So have fun when you are doing this, and think as laterally as you can, and also remember
that when you are creating content in your sketchbook, at a later time, you are still
free to keep changing the shape and the structure and the nature of the pages. That's part of
the fun of working in a sketchbook. So is isn't a one off process it is a starting point,
and hopefully you'll keep coming back to it as you work in your sketchbook throughout
the coming weeks.
So most of all have fun, and think as creatively as you can, think like a child, and please
upload your images so we can see what you've created.