We like to think of the blank page of a notebook as a place where ideas meet a shape.
The notebooks in this story are much more: they are building blocks upon which a new generation of thinkers is created.
While this may sound far-fetched at best, it is exactly what is happening with the AtWork project.
“The ability to think critically is one of the greatest freedoms a human being can attain, and only someone who is free is able to transform their society” is the vision of Simon Njami, international art curator and one of the most influential African intellectuals. With this in mind, Njami joined forces with non-profit organization Lettera27 to create AtWork, an itinerant educational format striving to use the creative process to build a new generation of African thinkers.
The AtWork process is simple.
Connecting well-established artists with students of the most varied African backgrounds, the AtWork workshops prompt young thinkers to reflect on issues such as identity, culture and community.
Each student condenses their reflections on a personalized notebook, which is exhibited locally and online in the lettera27 collection, alongside pieces by the likes of Bili Bidjocka, Antonio Marras, Sigur Rós and others, in front of an international audience.
Much more than works of art, these notebooks are the precipitate of a thought at work. You can see them all on AtWork’s new website.
While ten legs of workshops are in the books since 2012, a new one is underway. Starting today in Modena, Italy, Simon Njami is curating a new thought-provoking exhibition, titled “Heterocrony”.
Good ideas are worth spreading, and here is a chance to help pen AtWork’s next chapter: a new Kickstarter Campaign is underway to help lay the foundation of a new workshop in Addis Ababa, Etiopia. Keep AtWork’s panafrican journey going strong and free across the whole continent.]]>
Every day we are blown away by the sketches, paintings, hacks created using Moleskine notebooks that are uploaded on myMoleskine by both established and amateur artists all over the world.
We are beyond thankful for such a talented, dedicated community, and that’s why on this Thanksgiving Day, we decided to honor the work of myMoleskine artists across the world with a very special giveaway.
Starting today for 7 days, we’ll be looking at every artwork submitted on myMoleskine, and we’ll pick a lucky contributor everyday to receive a Moleskine care package, delivered right to their doorstep.
As is the case with myMoleskine, any style, media or technique will do, and every artist to contribute is eligible.
We can’t wait to see your creations on myMoleskine. So join today (you can login using just your Facebook or Google account) have fun, and good luck!]]>
Over the years, we have witnessed how a community rallying around a common passion can transform everyday occurrences into meaningful experiences.
Just as countless creative minds find a common home on the Moleskine page, so is the case of the Airbnb community, where travellers and hosts from across the globe meet on a simple platform that can turn any trip into a journey capable to inspire.
That’s why we are very excited to announce that Moleskine is joining the worldwide Airbnb community in Paris for Airbnb Open, a 3 day long celebration of travel and hospitality.
Starting November 12th at the Parc de la Villette, more than 5.000 hosts will learn hospitality tips from industry leaders, listen to keynote speeches by Airbnb founders and executives, as well as connect with fellow hosts and give their feedback to Airbnb. On top of this, the convention schedule is packed with dozens of workshops, live performances, social events, Paris adventures and the 2015 Host Awards Gala.
Amid all this goodness, Moleskine will be there with its own booth at the Surprise & Delight area, and we’d like to see all of you there.
Come say hi, pick up your custom Moleskine X Airbnb Cahier to capture the conference’s stories, or write your own with the Moleskine Words game.]]>
Halloween is almost upon us, and we’re joining the celebration with our very first Horror Story competition. Dust off your writing chops and show us your best and scariest horror stories! But not so fast…
Since we know plenty of Moleskine fans are passionate and talented writers, we decided to spice things up a little, and make ours a 7 Words Horror Story competition.
The rules are very simple:
If you don’t have Twitter or feel a little more creative, you can write your story on your notebook and post a picture of it on myMoleskine, using the same hashtag #7WordsHorrorStory.
We’ll be looking at every tagged entry, and will pick our favorites among the most liked, favorited, and retweeted ones. If yours, we’ll send you a Moleskine Black Page Album and a Moleskine Writing supply, big enough to help you pen your next hundreds of stories, or so.
Have fun, and try not to scare us too much.]]>
On October 3-7, Moleskine is joining some of the world’s leading creative thinkers at the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles.
While there’s nothing like being there in person, we’re inviting you to join from wherever you are, and be a part of the action alongside some of the finest creative minds around.
Open up your Moleskine Smart Notebook, Creative Cloud connected, and show us the wonders that hide within it: snap a picture of the work you’re most proud of and share it on myMoleskine using the tag #WatchPaperEvolve.
A big prize is at stake: if your entry is the best among the 3 most voted ones, you’ll get to be the first to receive the newest item in the Moleskine Collection, delivered right to your doorstep. Curious to find out what it is? One more good reason to join our global call-to-create.
Have fun, and good luck!
Thank you to everybody who helped us choose our new Author of the Month. After submitting some of the most popular artworks on myMoleskine in recent months, Seattle-based illustrator Junkyard Sam took home the award in a landslide, and we couldn’t wait to find out more about his life and craft.
As it turns out, Sam is a professional digital artist with a love for classic art tools.
“I am a User Interace designer on a popular fantasy video game. At work you see people all the time with Moleskine sketchbooks – we even received them as gifts last Christmas!
I love fountain pens, and my workhorse is a Pilot Falcon armed with Noodler’s bulletproof inks. These inks are water resistant, so I can paint right over the line work and the ink stays put.
My go-to sketchbook is the Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook. My fountain pens won’t bleed through it and it even takes light watercolor washes on both sides of each page without a problem!
Sam’s appreciation for Moleskine goes way beyond the quality of the paper.
“Creating art can be lonely, but there’s something magical about working in a Moleskine. You feel somehow connected to other creatives who work in them, too.”
“Online there’s a whole social network to be a part of with myMoleskine and using the #Moleskine hashtag on Twitter & Instagram. When I search the hashtag I discover great artists, urban sketchers, writers, and sketch journalists all over the world.
This community is a giant, super-friendly worldwide party where one minute you’re working in your own Moleskine and the next you’re looking to see what everyone else is doing in theirs. Super creative, super social, super fun!”
Sam mentioned his kids as a great source of inspiration, so when we asked him for a quote for inspiration, he had no doubts.
“What do you mean ‘learn how to draw?’ I already know how to draw. I can draw anything.”
– My 6 year old.
To honor Sam’s work, we created custom sleeve and bookmark MSK templates out of his artwork “All Sun No Storm”, free to download from the “An Author A Month” templates section in myMoleskine.
Would you like to be considered for next month’s edition? Simply head on over to myMoleskine and submit your Moleskine art.]]>
August was a great month for myMoleskine uploads. Once again, thanks to our dedicated fans for adding to the myMoleskine community with close to 200 beautiful artworks. Just like every month, we have narrowed down the most active contributors to bring you our August’s finalists for An Author A Month.
Which artwork is your favorite?
Join us on our voting page and hit the “like” button to help us choose this month’s winning author!
We’re happy to introduce the first episode of the Covered by Moleskine* series, from the New York leg of The Lost Lectures.
*A classic medium revisited: paper pages, digitally enhanced. On Covered by Moleskine, we send our visual correspondents to attend some of the most interesting events, conferences and festivals around the world, and document it on the ivory paper of the Moleskine notebook. They describe the people they meet, what they see, hear and feel through a combination of drawing and writing, then digitize to share.
The Lost Lectures bring a series of unique talks in secret, elusive locations revealed only a few days prior to the event. In the New York appointment, co-produced for the second year in a row by art zine Hyperallergic, speakers like writer Jon Ronson, filmmaker Josephine Decker or the band Blonde Redhead took turns at the podium, as visual journalist Lori Richmond live-reported the talks through her sketches and illustrations for Covered by Moleskine.
Her sketches were posted live on social, making Lost Lectures in New York probably the first secret event to be live-broadcast on a Moleskine notebook.
Since we don’t like showing up empty-handed, we printed an exclusive batch of Custom Edition notebooks dedicated to Lost Lectures, for the first 100 attendees to arrive. Needless to say, they were gone fairly quickly.
After a few days of scheduled maintenance, it is time to pick up right where we left off with another edition of An Author A Month.
This month’s winner is a young, multi-talented artist hailing all the way from Buenos Aires, Argentina. A world traveller with a knack for on-location sketching, Josefina Jolly took home the prize by a wide margin. We caught up with her to learn more about her art, and here’s what she told us.
“I work full time at a local airline, and spend my lunch breaks sketching the buildings around town. When I am travelling, I like to get away from the crowds and sit somewhere quiet to draw the sites.”
Josefina sketches on a Moleskine Watercolour album from the Art Plus Collection, but doesn’t use watercolours: instead, she prefers 0.05mm black drawing pens.
Sketching isn’t Josefina’s only talent either.
“The first thing I did on my very first Moleskine sketchbook was to draw a recipe. Some time later, that drawing became a book of illustrated recipies, also shaped as a sketchbook, which I called Cocinar y Dibujar.”
As an avid traveller, Josefina has contributed to myMoleskine with a number of artworks from her trips. That is the case of”Pisa”, one of her most popular artworks.
“Last spring I visited Pisa, Italy, and while I was working on my sketch I noticed that I was the only one there not involved in a “let’s hold the leaning tower” selfie attempt. But that only lasted for so long, as a group of Australian students saw me drawing and started taking selfies holding the tower in my sketchbook instead. I wish I had those pictures”.
Do you want to be our next Author of the Month, or simply have some Moleskine pages you’d love the whole Moleskine world to see? Just head on to myMoleskine, and submit your art.]]>
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Have a great day everyone,