The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 by co-founders Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker as a way to disseminate hands-on art making via the virtual world. Since its inception in Atlanta, GA and move to New York City in 2009, the project has grown into a massive crowd-sourced library that features 33,724 sketchbooks from over 135 countries. This extensive collection can be viewed in person at the project’s exhibition space at the Brooklyn Art Library, online in their digital archive, and at pop-ups around the country in their mobile library.
Now entering the project’s ninth year, the co-founders have published a compendium of their collection of sketches from around the globe titled The Sketchbook Project World Tour. Peterman and Zucker believed it would be unfair for the book to represent the entirety of the project, and rather aim for the publication to serve as a glimpse into the community they have supported for nearly a decade. “Sketchbooks over the years have served as shared memoirs to cancer survivors, inspired some to return to art school, and have been a daily practice to re-inspire the dormant or budding artists. You will read accounts by people you have never met,” they explain in the book’s introduction.
The book’s foreword is written by our very own, Christopher Jobson, who in 2012 had the opportunity to curate a selection of sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Project’s first national Mobile Library tour. The book, printed by Princeton Architectural Press, is available today in the Colossal Shop.
Update: The Sketchbook Project is also having an event and panel discussion hosted by the New York Public Library on May 20th.