Come up with an idea. Make a book to contain the idea. Bring yourself and the book to a gathering. That’s it!
The concept and the commitment to the form it takes is entirely between you and your book.
You may draw, write, paint, collage, collect, fold, sew, collaborate – whatever suits you and your purpose. The content / subject matter is also entirely up to you.
The Swell Book Project will host a gathering the afternoon of Sunday, April 7th from 3 - 5 p.m.
Now: brainstorm Book Project ideas and the book itself
Soon: Commit to your project and your book. RSVP your intention to participate. RSVP button bottom of page.
Sunday, April 7: Bring yourself and your book to my home in Culver City (address sent to all RSVPs). Each of us will have 3 minutes to talk about our project, and you choose how much you want to share / show. You may show only the cover and then stuff the book into the bottom of your tote bag, you may share a single spread (or more) and then gently slide it back into your jacket, or you can flip through the entire book in three minutes and leave it out on a gallery table for the group to peruse at leisure.
While surfing social media I came across a “shared global experience” to buy a notebook, fill it, and mail it back for inclusion in a gallery/library in Brooklyn.
I realized I wanted to make a book, I wanted to have a reason or a structure in which to explore an idea, and that I was more interested in a local or intimate experience.
Any book. It can be store bought or hand made. It can be a blank sketchbook, a lined journal, an existing book (textbook, thrift store find, the like). It can be of any size. It can fit in your pocket. It can be a large format artist portfolio. It can have 4 pages or 400 pages. This is your choice. The only “rule” is that it must be bound in some way and that you “finish” the book.
There are 42 days between February 26 (this is when the post originally went up) and April 7. Set your sights accordingly.
The purpose of the gathering, the schedule, and the “boundedness” of the book is to provide a structure for your commitment to yourself. You are not committed to anyone else, including the host (aka me). The opening is so a slew of interesting people all have an opportunity to talk to each other.