The Travelling Sketchbook

Many months ago I joined a group of women bloggers who wanted to contribute to a travelling sketchbook, the brilliant idea of Anne Lawson. The blank sketchbook was made by Anne in Melbourne and posted off to the first person on the list who posted it to the next one and so on and so forth until it reached me, the last one on the list. Consequently, being last, I had all the previous entries to follow. A hard act. Here are the creations, page by page:

The sketchbook has now returned from its round-the-world trip back to Anne’s house. It’s been a unique pleasure for each of us to decide on a suitable contribution and then execute it.

For me it was an unusual day. I’d been wondering how I’d find time to think about my contribution let alone write something in the book. But I’d gone to meet a student that day who forgot about her lesson, so I unexpectedly found myself with a whole day free. I went home and set about writing a number of meaningful quotations with a calligraphy pen, ending up with ten. I chose the neatest one that best fitted the page size. Then I added a piece of machine embroidery I’d made for a textile art course years ago. It was freely embroidered inside a wire coat hanger, then cut away. I had made several of them and attached them to a shawl for the course assessment, but had this one left over. Now it isn’t left over any more.

Thank you Anne for your idea!



Author: Trish

Literary translator, French to English. Family history amateur.

5 thoughts on “The Travelling Sketchbook”

  1. Isn’t the Sketchbook a wonderful creation? I was delighted to be holding it in my hands again yesterday. I loved your delicate ‘shawl’ and your words had so much resonance. A perfect addition ♡

    1. You no doubt felt even more grateful than I did to be holding it, like a work of art that normally requires white gloves… Thanks for your kind words.

    1. It’s a quotation I discovered at a time when some friends were focusing more and more on money and acquiring material possessions. I read this quote and it reminded me what’s important.

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