Wednesday, February 21, 2007

on their way!

Book 4
Originally uploaded by etsyjournal.

The first four books should be on their way to the first participants of the etsyjournal project. This is a photo of Book 4's inside front cover and title page. The little black book is a companion writing journal for participants to record their thoughts about the project while they're working on the art book.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I have the journals! :)

... and I am waiting for them to dry so that I can put them in the mail. :)
I lost 2 days due to the 48 hour flu, but now I am chugging right along :)
I can't wait to send them out!
- Heather (Decadence Designs)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Blank Canvases

Blank Canvases (detail)
Originally uploaded by etsyjournal.

These are Books 1 & 2. Well, the "base" of them, anyway. They're on their way from Lauren (stellaloella) to Heather (DecadenceDesigns) for cover artwork. Then they'll begin their journey as part of the etsyjournal project.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

getting started

We will be sending out confirmation emails to everyone early next week, so keep an eye out for that important information.

We have decided to make a few changes to the scope of the project, in order to keep it moving quickly and allowing more people to participate at the same time.

Each book will now include 25 participants. Each person gets one week with the book to create whatever they'd like on a 2-page spread. We will be starting off with four books and the first 100 people who signed up. If you didn't make the first 100, don't worry! We're certain to be starting additional books soon, and are keeping everyone's information stored for the next round.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Official Guidelines

------- SIGNING UP ----

  • Each participant must sign up by sending their name, address, Etsy shop name & email address to etsyjournal@gmail.com

  • Participation will be on a first com, first served basis of getting your sign-up request.

  • Each participant will be notified that you are next in line when your address is sent to the person before you (all done by email).

  • IF a participant desires to be "skipped" due life circumstances, please email etsyjournal@gmail.com immediately upon getting your 'next in line' notification.

  • Participant MUST email etsyjournal@gmail.com when you get the book to find out where to send it next. No contact information is sent with the book itself for privacy reasons.

  • Each participant gets a 2-page spread; you will be assigned page numbers when you get your 'next in line' notification email.

  • Do not alter anyone else's artwork, or use pages not assigned to you. (If you make a mistake, look at it as an opportunity for your entry to "evolve" into something else; be creative.)

  • Please write about your entry in the small companion book (at least giving your page numbers, name & etsy shop name -- but hopefully more).

  • Please scan or photograph your pages before sending the book, then email images to etsyjournal@gmail.com for the blog.

  • Participants can have the book for up to ONE WEEK maximum. Please ship promptly.

  • Please ship with Delivery Confirmation, if available. This book is one of a kind; we don't want to lose it!

  • By signing up, all participants agree to pay all shipping costs out of your own pocket. You also agree to pay for international shipping if necessary.

This project is organized by myself (http://stellaloella.etsy.com) and Heather (http://DecadenceDesigns.etsy.com). Feel free to Convo either of us on Etsy, or email etsyjournal@gmail.com with questions.

A new collaborative adventure for Etsians

The Etsy traveling journal is brand new, collaborative mail-art project. The basic idea is this:

A handmade journal is passed from one Etsian to another, via the mail. Each participant gets a full spread in the journal to create, embellish, draw, paint, write, *whatever* they want. Then they pass it along to the next person until the entire book is filled.

Each book starts as a medium-format, hardcover blank sketch book. It will come with a companion writing journal to include your thoughts and experiences on the project.

The finished books will be donated to the Library at the Etsylabs in NYC. We will have this blog set up to track the progress of the book, updated with images of each spread: http://etsyjournal.blogspot.com/

Participation is first-come, first-served based on the order in which we receive your contact information.

To sign up, please EMAIL etsyjournal@gmail.com with:
-- Your name
-- Your mailing address
-- Your Etsy username

Our first round will be comprised of four books, each traveling to twenty-five artists, one at a time.

This project is organized by myself (http://stellaloella.etsy.com) and Heather (http://DecadenceDesigns.etsy.com). Feel free to convo either of us, or email the etsyjournal address with questions.

DO NOT CONVO your sign-up information to us on Etsy -- please use the email address above.

We hope to have more books in the future, if all goes well!

See this thread on the Etsy Forums for more discussion: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5033925