To kickstart the week and chase away the Monday blues, I bring you one of my recent bookstore finds, which samples an interesting project that got me both curious and inspired.
“This book is dedicated to everyone who’s ever said, ’I’m not creative.’’
This was the first thing that caught my attention when I came across and flipped through the first few pages of this book entitled “The 1000 Journals Project.” If that dedication alone was not enough to inspire me and pique my interest, the rest of the pages did. The book sampled the multitude of entries submitted for the project of the same name, each page an artwork by some unnamed artist with a story to tell.
The project was started by Brian Singer, also known as Someguy, who unleashed a thousand blank journals around San Francisco in August 2000. Each journal contained instructions for participants to follow, inviting them to contribute something to the journal then pass it to someone else afterwards.
The results of the someguy’s project — and creative experiment — brought forth the book (featuring some of the most interesting pages from the journals that made it back to him), exhibitions, and even a 2007 documentary.
I find it inspiring for the obvious reason that every traveling journal carries (or carried; not quite sure if it’s still ongoing) pages upon pages of stories, confessions, artworks, thoughts, dreams, heartbreaks, and more. I hope to participate in a similar project someday!