I didn't think we'd be able to travel to London on Saturday, what with S and me feeling exhausted from a busy week. But I'm glad we managed to drag our carcasses out of the house anyway all the way to Canada Water. We had never been there, but we saw photos of the quirky Canada Water Library online so knew what to look for. What we didn't know was that the building is right above the Underground. We spent about twenty seconds after emerging from the Tube station frantically looking for it, only for S tor turn around and see that we were right next to the entrance!
When we got into the room where The Sketchbook Project 2012 is exhibiting, there was a long queue of people signing up for library cards and an even longer queue of people borrowing the sketchbooks. It was lovely to meet the people from the Art House Co-op, the Brooklyn-based group behind the project.
The best moment for me, of course, was seeing my sketchbook again. I honestly thought I'd be embarrassed by it, but it actually felt good to see the pictures and read what I wrote in there. A lot of it was very personal, but the whole process was a cathartic one for me, and for that I am really grateful to the Sketchbook Project.
I had no intention of joining the project again as it did take up a lot of my time last year, but seeing my sketchbook and those of other people has piqued my interest again. Lucas also enjoyed looking at the sketchbooks and found a lot of inspiring drawings.
So today, I signed up for the 2013 edition. This time, the sketchbook will be a collaboration between Lucas and me! We haven't decided yet how we're going to do it, but I'm really excited about my son joining me. I'm sure he'll be wonderful at motivating me and I'm looking forward to the pictures he'll come up with.
If you'd like to see my sketchbook, there's a digitized version over here.
The Sketchbook Project 2012 London exhibition runs until the 19th of October at the Canada Water Library. For timetables, please visit this page. To join the Sketchbook Project 2013, click here!