My friend Prabda is in the Philippines right now and kindly sent me over these charming notebooks. He got them at the National Bookstore, across the street from one of the country’s most prestigious universities, Ateneo de Manila, in Quezon City (a section of Manila). Thanks, Prabda! I'd love to know what the bottom notebook says...
Last week, my friend Melissa surprised me at work with this amazing gift: a baby journal by papercut artist Nikki McClure...."A place to record your baby's first puddle, rainbow, blueberry, tree." I'm so excited to start to fill it! I'm thinking the assignment might require the help of a Polaroid Pogo.
See my yellow and blue "66 notebooks" from Beijing here? They made it on to the cover of Timothy O'Donnell's book about graphic designers' drawings-- Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers. Timothy mentions the blog in the book, and features a few more images of my notebooks.
Anyway, exciting news for the museum......
OK, so this isn't a traditional notebook with blank or lined pages. Rather, it's a writing exercise book in Tamil that I found in an Indian bookstore in Jersey City, NJ. I have such a fondness for these fine red and blue lines that I decided to slip this entry into the museum.
I can't believe I'd misplaced this notebook for so long! This is from my trip to Tibet in 2001, when I spent a lot of time at Buddhist monasteries. In Samye, I met some very kindly monks and, on the day of my departure, they surprised me with this delicate notepad from their monastery (the oldest monastery in Tibet actually, circa 775AD).
my friend kara gave me this dignified little notebook moments after we completed a sitting with the most amazing monk, Bhante Buddharakkhita.... thus, i thereby name this the "Bhante Buddharakkhita Notebook." it's 3 inches high, two inches wide...and just perfect for dharma notes or small whimsical doodles.
Imagine my surprise when I received a small package on my third day at my new job...and found inside this adorable tiny (3x2 inch) notebook, a gift from my dear friend Henry. He must have known a new notebook would make my transition go much more smoothly... Thank you so very much, Henry!
I adore this little precious bird flying with a notebook in her beak greeting me on the first page. I'd love to hire her to work at the Museum...
i found this at the bookstore at MACBA [museu d'art contemporani] in barcelona. it's similar to my nava notes notebook in that, at first, the notebook appears quite basic, but inside, you find pages that allow you to create your own calendar....
A French contact commented on my Flickr page that my so-called "notebooks from corsica" are actually designed to be used as tickets. here's a nice example: my ticket from "La Chapelle du Rosaire" designed by Matisse in Vence, France. My philosophy is that you can appropriate anything into a notebook.