1000 Journals Project

23 Jan

This is the sort of stuff I love  – discovering new and exciting things which inspire me and have me thinking ‘ I wish I had thought of that!’. My latest creative inspiration is the aptly named 1000 Journals – a project begun by graphic designer Brian Singer after being noticing all the graffiti and random messages written on the bathroom walls at college. He began photographing these messages, visiting other colleges and compiling a collection which he hoped to publish as a book. But as time went on, the project developed, and instead of publishing his book, he got the idea of sending out journals all over the world, with the point being to get people to contribute in a similar way as the messages on the bathroom wall, and then pass the journal on to someone else.  He began with 100 journals, either leaving them on park benches, or other such random public places, as well as sending them out to those who had found out about the project and requested one, with each journal’s progress tracked through the website he created, it being the  responsibility of the last person to contribute to the journal to send the it back to Singer in San Francisco. With that, the number of journals sent out climbed from 100 to 1000. And since the project began, the completed sketchbooks have been returning. Some of them have traveled to over 40 countries, and been filled in by as many diverse people from all walks of life. What is inspiring to me is the insight into the way people think, the opinions, the story behind each life who contributes to the journals. The entries range from incredibly creative and beautiful artwork, to random thoughts, life advice, hopes, visions and dreams for a better world. This gets me thinking….any one of us could do something like this. Would be an interesting experiment to undertake, and serves as definite food for thought. In the meantime, as further inspiration, I am looking forward to hunting down a copy of the book 1000 Journals Project, and the documentary of the same name by Andrea Kreuzhage.

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2 Responses to “1000 Journals Project”

  1. hakea January 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    What a dynamic project, and such a lot of work. Is the website http://www.1000journals.com?

    Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    • Miss K January 26, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      thanks! yes it is, if you want to get to the website, just click the image 🙂 If you like this, also check out PostSecret ( http://www.postsecret.com). Enjoy!

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