If you’re anything like us, throughout lockdown you’ll have gone through many a notebook. We’ve been sketching and scribbling to pass the hours at home away, and now it feels like time for something new. On the hunt for inspiring ways to shake up the insides of our notebooks for the rest of year and beyond, we asked a few creatives to share what they like to do with a blank page.
Ruby Kean, artist and interior designer
“Keeping sketchbooks is integral to my work, they are a means for me to visually archive, collect and collate my ideas in a playful way. I’m always plotting and scheming and use them for the starting point for all my projects and creations. From exploring collage techniques and themes or designs for my linens they are a way for me to bring my ideas into a sharper focus.
In my Papier journal I played around with materials and colours for a new set of table linens I am working on and started some ideas for a new collection of collages inspired by the ceramic columns of Ettore Sottsass' 1966 exhibition at the Sperone Gallery. I am obsessed with vintage marbled papers so it was a pleasure to open the pages of a book that’s front expressed something of my work.”
Nikita Sheth, contemporary textile artist
“My weaving practice is intuitive. I never pre-plan or "draw" an artwork before I commence weaving. Instead, my artworks evolve depending on the stories, dreams, and memories I want to tell – I call my artworks "woven words". My personalised Papier journal is my visual diary, the pages are filled with fragmented thoughts, poems, threads and sari offcuts.
I especially love the bulleted pages as the dots are perfect for drawing lines and shapes. My Papier journal is purely for me – the blank pages provide an outlet for me to explore ideas without expectation and boundaries.”
Roxy Mankoo, Founder of April’s Baker
"It's all about detail for me. My cakes are heavily influenced by the Baroque and Rococo styles of 17th and 18th century France. Over the top, ornate and opulent, with a modern fun twist, they are meant to echo back to trinkets you'd find adorning the mantelpieces at Versailles (if pastels and tacky sprinkles were also a thing then).
Studying art and design before pursuing my career in baking means sketching has always been close to my heart. On the pages here you can find a couple of rough drawings based on architectural details from the periods referenced above. Swirls and cherubs can be found scribbled in my notepads amongst recipes and cake designs, with an odd study here and there from a trip to the V&A museum. I like to call it detail doodling."
Mike & Rika, designers at MR Studio London
“This sketchbook will be the perfect place to catalogue some of the many experiments we’ve done as we develop this series of thin paper artworks called ‘Untitled Haze’.”
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