Take an empty black Moleskine. Now imagine the pages burned, covered in beads, bursting with color. A blank canvas that has been transformed into a travel sketchbook, a collection of photos, a comic book. This is the Sketchbook Project.
The project’s home-base, The Brooklyn Art Library, is a sun-drenched space lined with shelves of sketchbooks begging to be explored and enjoyed. There are over 34,000 books made by artists from over 130 countries.
It’s pretty tempting to walk up and grab a book, but you first need to get a free library card in the back. Then you can search their online library for a sketchbook based on theme, material, artist, etc. After you’ve found what interests you, take a seat at one of their communal oak-wood tables and one of the librarians will bring you two books that you are free to enjoy for as long as you wish. Even for those who aren’t ‘creative’ types, it’s inspiring to see in how many different directions people have taken the same empty Moleskine.
The beauty of the Sketchbook Project is that anyone can become part of this art family. Simply buy a notebook either online or in store, decorate it and send it in before the deadline.
The library, which moved into a larger space earlier this year, hosts various events throughout the year, and offers a co-working space for $95 / month.
If you can’t make it to the library, check out their digital library online.