Tonight the Visual Thinkers met to start our Book Club. It’s not like a literary-discussion book club. This is a collaborative sketchbook project that you can join in: just come to our next meet-up on November 24.
Each book has a theme (magic, fear, computers, Canadians, etc.) Contributors can make a new page by drawing, painting, writing, etc. Or they can modify a previous page by someone else, maybe even by cutting it up!
Kaia Vintr has initiated this project to encourage participants to make something visual on a frequent basis (because not everyone is consistent about using their solitary sketchbooks!) At our September meet-up, the group agreed to do this project using paper books, not electronic media.
Much of tonight’s discussion was about the hard edges of artistic collaboration: How do we keep the books moving quickly between contributors? What permissions are required if someone wants to publish a page of a book that other people contributed to? What do we do with the books we produce? For some artists, letting our work go may be the hardest part!