Friday, October 24, 2008

first 'n first of many

Okay, it's a week from Halloween, which technically means it's a week before my made up, virtual, Facebook Ecojot Page Warming Party comes to a close. Needless to say, I gotta get my ecojotter butt in gear ;D

So here's the deal... Here's my small-BIG (first of many) ecojotter idea:

What: MM Ecojot Sketchbook Art (Pilot) Project.

[What does MM you stand for other than milimetre, you ask? Well it stands for
Musical Moving (and perhaps even occasionally magical moving, since I have frequently semi-accidentally swapped the two). No, the sketchbook doesn't play music, however do think musical chairs, but replace the chairs with just one sketchbook and my title will start to make sense.]

Who*: 12 artists + 12 ecojot fans + 6 cool eco-friendly exchange locations

When: The next 2-3 months. After all brilliant ideas take time, right? ;)

Where: All artwork within provided ecojot sketchbook. Exchanges of sketchbook will take place between 6 participating cool eco-friendly locations (and me). Completed sketchbook to be scanned, featured on an online gallery at, and hopefully also displayed at a real Toronto gallery.

Why: The concept is simple... (See PS below for more gory detail on how this all came about)...

How: First come, first serve, call for:
  • 12 Toronto-based Ecojot Fans.
  • 12 Toronto-based call for Artists. We still need 8 more. So far, we have...
  1. Former Finance Guy Turned Aspiring Architectural Student / Furniture Designer / Painter : Louie Tucci
  2. TV Writer: Adam Jack + tbd graphic artist
  3. Design Consultant: Lisa Canning
  4. Most recent additions: Graphic Designers | Animation | Photography Duo: Alienor and Sarah
Artists and Ecojot Fans: We wish to represent various art mediums and disciplines to be featured within our sketchbook (fashion, poetry, architecture, literature, screen-printing, music, the possibilities truly are endless).
Ecojot Fans and Artists:
Simply email me at: ecojotter at gmail dot com with the following:

Address (email and snail);
Digits (cell, home and/or work);
Why you want to participate;
How** you plan to contribute to the sketchbook; and finally
A promise that you'll stick to my ecojotter "house rules" suggested guidelines***.

Please keep whys and hows to a maximum of 250 words :)
  • 6 eco-friendly exchange places to be announced, but so far, we have...
  1. Atomic, 965 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 3X5 -->Visit Lawrence's store, not only is it retro / vintage cool... Lawrence is so much fun to chat with! You can tell him Ecojotter sent you ;)
*Note: Participants (artists, fans and locations) do not need to purchase or own an ecojot product to participate.
**How: Each ecojot fan will be allowed 1 page (both sides) and will be alloted more if requested in advance. The 8x8" sketchbook we are using only has 75 pages, so we are counting on each participant to only use the number of pages they are alloted.
***Guidelines: Although sponsored by Ecojot, this is my own personal art project. I simply ask that you be respectful of all participants, and note that this intended to be a family of all sizes, shapes, colours and beliefs friendly art project.

Preference will definitely be given to those who emphasize an interest in being or becoming more eco-friendly and a more eco-friendly savvy consumer in general.
After all, that is my own personal goal :) Besides we can always learn a litle more about how to save our earth, right? I am not a lawyer, so I don't know what other guidelines I am suppose to cover or mention.... So I will simply end with this...

Bottomline: Please remember the purposes and goal of this project: fun, art, not just eco-friendly but friendly, respectful, and just plain cool art :) Those who forget this will be asked not to participate. Cheers and looking forward to receiving your entries.

Over and out, and lots of ecojot love, ecojotter.

PS (ie. more ramblings)-- A little wordy text i originally under the Why section (if you like detail, read on): Truth be told, I originally had much bigger plans for this first interactive engaging ecojot art project. I had visions of a sketchbook magically moving and being filled with beautiful art from participant to participant via Canada Post with postage sponsored by Ecojot and myself, Ecojotter. However, after a brief brainstorming session with Mark Gavin of Ecojot, we agreed for this first project... Let's go local, reduce our carbon footprint, and play musical sketchbook by passing it from ecojot participant to participant in person, by hand! It is after all hopefully just a pilot project. If all goes well, I want to try this in more than one town, city, province... Goodness I'll be honest... Wouldn't it be cool to go global and go country to country somehow?


windy angels said...

great idea. I've participated in a world wide journal sharing. it was super exciting. let me know when you decide to go cross Canada. I'd love to participate

ecojotter said...

hi windy angels -- thank you for becoming an ecojotter thought's blog follower... you are my first, and i am so honoured :)

i will most certainly let you know when the mm ecojot sketchbook art project goes cross canada... hopefully sooner rather than later ;)

Lucy Joy said...

Me too! I'd love to take part but am based in the uk, in Bath. Good luck with the project! xL

ecojotter said...

lucy joy and windy angels-- how about contributing to my latest idea: please check out this post 'n tell me what you think... if there's enough interest, i'd love to pitch it to ecojot ;)

ps - lucy joy: checked out your blog, beautiful illustrations ;)


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