Today I received our sketchbook returned from Chantelle, it was little like Christmas morning – I was so excited to see what she had done. It is a new and interesting experience to collaborate with someone you have never met, from previous experience collaboration has involved conversation, bouncing ideas off each other, chat, coffee and time to consider. However with the sketchbook circle that collaboration is stripped back to a purely visual response. I love the fact that Chantelle and I have very different areas of interest and influence, and it has already started to make me look at my own practice and how narrow it can sometimes become. I found this too with my other sketchbook partner, and it has certainly given me a lot to reflect on.
I was hoping that Chantelle wouldn’t feel restricted by the typography theme I started with, and I love the way she has used some of the pages as starting points for her own investigations. Beautiful collages, torn papers and sketches combined with text and maps.