» Gearing up to start the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap!

It’s happening!!!

I am putting together the final details surrounding the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap and expect to start searching for our 12 participants sometime next week. If you haven’t heard about the swap, we are going to be providing 12 large dotWebbie journals to a dozen creative people to utilize for a few weeks at a time, who will then mail the book on to the next person, and so on, until it reaches the last person who in turn, mails it back to the person who started that book.

The dozen participants will be sharing their creativity via a group Tumblr Blog for us all to see.

You do not have to be an “artist” or a “writer” to participate, You should however, be creative and willing to share. This swap will be open to US residents age 18 or older. An international swap may happen at a later date.

More details, including the *Theme* of the swap, to be announced soon!

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Posted on January 6th, 2012 by Stephanie
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Sounds like a great project. I’d be happy to volunteer for this!

i would live to condidered for this swap! I’m an art journaler and Rhodia fan. Thanks for the opportunity.

Ditto:::how does one volunteer?

I will be posting a sign up form next week.

Can’t wait!

By david bogie on January 7th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Not to be negative, just looking for some clarification. 12 books to 12 people who then send them on to the 11 other people so all 12 participants must make significant contributions to all 12 books. Each book contains 196 pages on 98 leaves so, to be fair, everyone needs to come up with material to cover about 8 leaves or 16 pages, times 12 books, that’s 96 or 192 pages. Mailing each book will be, say, $10.00 (if you include the packaging, postage and the trip to the post office) so that could get expensive. 12 books for a couple o’three or four weeks each is a year.

If you sign on, know what you’re committing to! Or at least wait for the entire explanation.

Count me in! Imposing a “theme” will be wasted on a guy like me; just another excuse not to follow orders.excellent

David, you are on the right track and yes, all will be explained when I put out the official call for participants. I put a lot of thought into the amount of pages in the book and how to split them up amongst the participants so they wouldn’t feel overwhelmed – I think I’ve got a good plan….

One thing you may have overlooked is how in the end, you get the book back that you started which will be filled with loads of interesting content for you to peruse. :o)

While there will be a few simple rules to follow, we are most definitely looking for people to have fun with this project!

By david bogie on January 9th, 2012 at 8:45 am

> One thing you may have overlooked is how in the end, you get the book back that you started which will be filled with loads of interesting content for you to peruse. :o)

I was counting on them coming to rest in a central location, a library, if you will.
There are several models for this activity going way back to the exquisite corpse novel and poem. Many of the better collaboratirve and participatory works would have been lost if not remanded to a conservator.
Humble suggestion: when the notebook finishes its circuit, the owner might or might not ask Rhodia Drive to send a prepaid envelope. Clairefontaine would then scan them carefully, mounts the images on a consistently formatted site, puts the originals in archival boxes on a shelf along with the Ark of the Covenant and prepares for the next adventure.

Stephanie, This sounds like a fabulous concept and I would love to participate!


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