On January 7, I took a full day to return to some artmaking. I had a deadline approaching to hand in a sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project. To be fair, it’s kind of a vanity project where you pay a fee to register with the company that runs the project in New York. They send you a blank sketchbook and you transform it, then send it back to them and they digitize it, put it online, and also on a van for a travelling exhibit through a few cities in North America.
I had fun though, challenging myself to create a book with cutouts and transparent paper. I took the original sketchbook apart and rebound it using additional sheets of coloured transparent paper that I bought in a craft shop in Berlin.
I’ll just post the cover and some interior spreads here. The book became a bit of an improvised, free expression art book about my trip to Berlin and also about visiting the Berlin Hamam for women, which I enjoy, and which embodies some of the multi-cultural, creative Berlin experience for me. I also think that Berlin, and all of Germany, owes a lot to Turkish people who helped facilitate Germany’s “miraculous” growth in the 1950s by coming in first as guest workers, then to raise their families. Berlin has been incredibly enriched by Turkish culture. As it has been by many other cultures who continue to contribute to its diversity.