Brooklyn Art Library visit

In 2011 and 2013 I participated in the Sketchbook project organized by the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. I was sad that I didn’t get a chance to go to either one of the vernissages or catch the exhibit in one of the many cities it toured in. You can only imagine just how excited I was when I finally had a chance to visit the Brooklyn Art Library last Saturday.

 

It was amazing to see a library filled with sketchbooks, to finally see my books as part of this permanent collection and to get a chance to see other artists’ work. It’s incredible that the Sketchbook project has grown to include works from over 35,000 artists from over 135 countries.

Here is a bit more info on my sketchbooks:

My 2011 sketchbook “Below the Surface” is a a collection of very personal self-portraits consisting of poems and illustrations. The books toured the US from  February to July, 2011 to Brooklyn, Austin, Portland, Atlanta, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and Winter Park Florida.

My 2013 sketchbook “J’amerais mieux te connaître” was a reflection of 2012 – a year full of change, opportunity and travel. I got to travel across Europe and spend some time in Hawai’i on business. The simplicity of pen and ink takes away the noise surrounding each place and shows the purity of my love for each of these places. The books toured from March to August 2013 to Brooklyn, Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

If you are in NYC take a quick subway ride to Williamsburg and visit the Brooklyn Art Library. Definitely worth a visit.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Ciao

Anja

 

 

 

The Sketchbook Project 2013

Some of you might have heard of The Sketchbook Project. The Brooklyn Art Library in New York has created a yearly project consisting of a collection of creative works in the form of sketchbooks contributed by artists from all around the world. Thousands are adding their voices to this amazing project yearly, having formed a library of 22,000 sketchbooks and growing. The collection can be viewed at The Brooklyn Art Library, 103 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY (open 12-8pm daily). If you would like to see this year’s sketchbooks and can’t make it to New York, the books go on tour across North America. Here are this year’s tour dates:

tour dates

tour dates

If your interested in learning more, check out this quick video about the project.

Each participant chooses a theme for their sketchbook. I chose “Travelogue”, the perfect theme for 2012, a year full of change, opportunities and travel. I had the privilege to travel across Europe and spend some time in Hawai’i. Experiencing different cultures and falling in love with each of them. I chose to use the simplicity of pen and ink for my illustrations as I felt that it takes away the noise surrounding each place and shows the purity of my love for each of the places I had the privilege to experience. Here are some pictures of my sketchbook:

Cover

Cover

Passport stamps

Passport stamps

Barcelona

Barcelona

Côte d'Azur

Côte d’Azur

Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez

Paris

Paris

Luzern

Luzern

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Hawai'i

Hawai’i

It’s been a while….

It’s been a while. Who am I kidding…it’s been a long time. My life has been a bit crazy. I decided to leave my job at Fusion after 13 years, started a new job, spent a month travelling around in Europe, went on my first business trip ever – to Hawai’i (I know crazy) and have been working a lot of 15 hour days. So considering all that I have not had any time to paint or design any jewelry. It’s been a wild ride and through it all I found a new love – Hawai’i. What an amazing place! I have fallen in love with its beauty and the kindness of the people. I would move there in a second and I know K. says that I say that about every place I travel to, which isn’t totally true. I got to spend a week in Honolulu, got to fly to Maui for the day, drove to the North Shore, went surfing twice, oh and worked over 70 hours that week. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here are a few. Mahalo Hawai’i!!!!!

maui

famous north shore shrimp truck

outriggers

surfing

surfers

paradise

Home

I love Switzerland so much I am even watching the Bachelor right now… they are in Switzerland and not just anywhere, they are in Zermatt, so extremely close to my hometown Visp. The images of the Matterhorn and Zermatt are making me so homesick and I thought when better to post my Pecha Kucha presentation from a few weeks ago. 

Opening night – 99 pieces of art on the wall…

Opening night of the group exhibition “99 pieces of art on the wall…” is coming up this Thursday night. This is a great opportunity to come see local art from 50 something different artist. I have a couple of my vintage travel photographs in the exhibition. All art work exhibited is for sale ($199.99 and under). Pieces are removed from the exhibition as they sell so come early to check it all out. The goal is to sell all 99 pieces of art and if we reach this goal Jordan from cre8ery will be singing the entire song. Let’s try to sell out and make her sing!
The opening reception is this Thursday, August 18, 7:30pm – 11:00pm at cre8ery, 2nd floor – 125 Adelaide Street. Additional hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12-6pm, Monday & Thursday evenings 6-10pm and the exhibition closes Thursday September 1 at 6pm.

See you all Thursday night!

Ciao

Anja

Trying to relax

So my first week of holidays is almost over and I have to say it was the least relaxing week off I have ever had. I made myself a promise this morning that the rest of my holidays I will be relaxed and not worry about anything except painting and relaxing.

It wasn’t all bad and I had some wonderful times with friends, went to the lake, found a great dresser that we will be using as our vanity, started some sketches for my upcoming solo exhibition and almost finished my book for my first book club meeting tonight. It was a bit of a hard read but I like new experiences and I have never been part of a book club before.

Here are some pictures of my first week off:

Oh Luna

friends

will be a vanity

sketches

99 pieces of art… submission

This morning was the submission deadline for the “99 pieces of art on the wall” exhibition at the cre8ery gallery. I am very excited that 2 of my photographs have been accepted. The exhibition will be on from August 18 until September 2. I will blog more details on the exhibit at a later date.

Please save the date for the opening reception on August 18 and come and support local artists.

Ciao!

submission