Sunday, September 21, 2008

Welcome to moly_x_50!

Moly_x_50, founded by Samantha Zaza (USA), is an extension of the Moleskine Exchange. This blog will follow the adventure of a group of artists around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange. Our current group includes the artists listed to the right, including contributors in many different countries all over the world.

Each artist will set off with a small Japanese (accordian) folded Moleskine. Creating a drawing, collage, or painting, then send on to the next artist. Each artist will draw on a couple of spreads (3-4 pages) then send it on to the next artist. When the artists book is filled, it will be returned to the owner with images created by artist around the world. Each artist has a month (give or take) to make an entry. The outcome will be a pleasant and surprising adventure, as artists are encouraged to interact and merge their art with others.

The concept:

1. The artists start with the Japanese fold Moleskine - Name, address, email address written in book.

2. Each artist gets 1 month (give or take) to make a sketchbook entry, and mail it to the next person. The order is listed to the right -- for participants in this exchange, look at the list of names under MAILING ORDER. If you ever need to update addresses, please feel free to contact your partners directly! An important part of this project is to discuss and exchange information and ideas.

3. Each artist will do 3-4 pages each round.

4. Artists are encouraged to interact with other images in the book. Please be respectful, but also don't hesitate to meld your art with earlier entries.

5. When the book is full, when one side of the unfolded book is filled, the book will be sent back to its original owner. That artist may continue by buying a new book and sending it to the next person.

6. If a person decides not to continue, she will simply keep her book when it comes back to her. She should email all of the participants to say she is not going to continue. We will decide, then, if we want to find a new person.

7. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

This moly_x_project was begun by Marty Harris, Minnesota, USA.


Kelley said...

Is it too late to get in on a project like this? I'm an illustrator who just recently discovered this great exchange...I'd love to be involved. How do I go about signing up/submitting my name/what ever it is I need to do? Thanks for any info!

Екатерина said...

It would be a great adventure. I wish I could join this project.
Some words about me. I am the Russian student, journalist in future.
I am creazy about drawnings and pictures.
My email

szaza said...

Katie, I will send you an email shortly. To anyone who is interested in joining a Moleskine Exchange, please go to

If you decide you really want to join a group, you will first need a Flickr account which you can sign up for at

Then simply join the Moly-X group by clicking on "Join this group?" on the group's page (the first link listed above). You can either join a group that is recruiting members, or you can start your own group by looking through the photos of artists in the group and asking the artists whose art you like if they want to be in a group with you.

This group is set, we are not adding any more members, however there are plenty of people anxious to start groups. Good luck!

Marty Harris said...

Thanks, Szaza.