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1000 Journals Project Hardcover – Jan 26 2007
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"Full of eye-popping art and mindbending musings." -- Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Someguy is a San Francisco-based artist and designer. He launched the 1000 Journals Project in 2000.
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Someguy began the "1000 Journals" project in San Francisco. He purchased 1000 blank journals and sent them around the world. He gave them to friends and left them in coffee shops, book stores, and libraries -- and even on park benches. People wrote in them, drew sketches, painted pictures, glued-in photos, and then passed them on. Instructions inside the cover ask that each contributor scan his/her pages and email them to Someguy for posting on the website.
I was fascinated by this project when I first heard about it. The "1000 Journals" project evoked, for me, the pure magic of raw creativity unmediated by middlemen who, all too often, strain out the magic and keep only the commercial or easily digested product.
Like a drill sent deep into earth that hits fresh water, the "1000 Journals" project hit people like you and me, people washing their laundry, sipping brews in cafes, getting over broken hearts, nursing invisible dreams, and then erupted with their creative gifts.
The project's foundation was serendipity. Someguy released his journals to the winds with the faith that something beautiful would result, and it has.
Someguy's process reverberates; to some it is reminiscent of religious faith -- of letting go and letting God.
For others it is a manifestation of the faith an artist requires to begin any project that may, or may not ever, find its audience. For others it brings to mind the process of being a parent. "Your children are not your children," wrote Khalil Gibran. Well, your journal is not your journal; your art is not your art. Someguy's process brings that all home.
TheScreamOnline featured the 1000 Journals project in 2003 and it has since been made into a documentary, which will be coming out soon.
The magazine's editor calls it "one of the most significant and innovative sociological experiments in recent history." Thousands of hands have touch the books, and it truly is a global project. This new book looks just like one of the journals, with its black cover and dimensions. The project certainly has had many incarnations, from the journals themselves, to the website, the magazine feature, the film, and now this book. I highly recommend it!
Thank you someguy and to all who contributed to the project.
I've been fortunate to be part of this experiment, and it was a life changing experience. This book is a tiny glimpse into the 100's of 1000's of pages filled with the art of the everyday person. Art made accessible to everyone.
If you think the Postsecret books are fascinating, this book actually looks a bit more indepth into the personal lives of the participants. It is a look at the everyday reality of our times.
This book does a beautiful job of reproducing every detail of the pages from the original journals. Some of the spreads were even stitched with designs true to the contributors' artistic intent.
The whole book is bound, quite beautifully, in the same style of casing as the original artist journals that started this project seven years ago.
1000 journals moving around across the globe... maybe 10 times as many contributors. How can that not be awesome? This book has a myriad of different people's writings, sketchings, photographs and pastings... all from different cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life. Just a great collection of 'journal art' that inspires you to make your own, and re-examine this book over and over.
Ever really wanted to read your friends personal journal? Sure, lots of people have. You might not quite be getting that in this book, for I see this as biased writing. Deliberately "unauthentic" entries... all written with the obvious knowledge that this would be read by hundreds, possibly thousands of others. When you know someone is watching, you'll do it differently than when you know you have the utmost privacy. So you wont quite be a voyeur if you purchase this item, but you will definitely be exposed to a lot of awesomeness that you can't find just anywhere.
A worthy buy, but in the vein of tactile journals, I'd recommend Dan Eldon's work over this.