Tuesday, November 11, 2008


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In celebration of creativity and imagination, Moleskine is looking for readers to share photos and comments about their Moleskines. Email pictures of what’s in your Moleskine to webmaster@chroniclebooks.com with the subject line “MOLESKINE.”

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We’ll post the images on an upcoming post announcing the winners! Also check out our Facebook Company Page to see the latest entries. Entries must be submitted by Friday Nov 14th.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The storm / Islands

Hello! Here comes my drawing in Marias climate-theme moly-book. The climate-change is frightening and storms are some of the obvious consequences. It is an image of chaos, what it would be like if the worst thing would happen...and it is happening already in different parts of the world...
My second contribution to Marias book, embroidered spots on fabric. It started when I spilled coffee by accident on the fabric and after that I made some more spots and a hole on purpose and I really enjoyed making it. Islands seen from above or some kind of bacterias fighting in an environmental war. /Lisa

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

if you can´t see it, it´s not there...

...some arctic terns (sterna paradisaea, silvertärna in swedish) fly above a pattern of black lace , a kind of elder, with golden amulets...

why is your vision hidden?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Strange things happen

I was inspired by Lisa´s picture in Carina´s book about the home-theme. The girl you dont know if she would drown herself or if she was just washing her hair.
The unsure atmosphere and the possibilities for uncommon things happend in your normal apartment, request me to do this picture.
I started to work with my sewing machine to embroider.

Love instead of hate

Hello Mollyfriends!
I must start to Love the SaintPaula flower! Why? Because I can´t hate them. I baught one and then I bought once more. When i grow up I hated them. I have been hated them since September this year. I have always hated them. I told my mother I hated this ugly common flower who you can find everywhere. If I hate them they come after me trying to make me love them.
I took care of my nieghbours flower for the second summer this year. She has a lot of SaintPaulas. They forced me to love them.
There are a lot of other things in my life I must start to love too. Otherwise they will  come after you!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fallen apples in my garden

Hallo friends! This is Lottas moly. She started with a painting inspired by old textiles. When I´ve made this picture I´ve been thinking of tapestry and painting.
It´s also a septemberpicture from my garden. Lots of fallen apples, to many to be able to eat them all.
It´s made with watercolorpencils and akrylicpaint on plastic sheets, fastened with eyelets.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Keyboard Keywords (Lisa's Moly)

Since I'm on a roll with the keyboard keys. I zoomed in a bit and made my letters for Lisa's Moly. Notice that J has less keywords for me than the others...strange. But maby there are less words starting with J in Swedish.
J - juggle, hunted, me, aha?, work, compare, YES!, jumbo jet, java/coffee, jogging, baby talk, Japan, S:t Jacobi (my highschool/collage), Earth, damnit!, hurray, tricot(fabric), jeans?(haven't worn any since 1998), fighter aircraft.
K - Coffee, cottage cheese, kiss, love, art, cookie dough, kids(children), driving licence, friend, career, money, maybe, capable, party, cross-stitch, cognitive, concept, catalyst, cramp, kitsch , cat.
L - read, Saturday, long, happiness, ridiculous, vivid, life, summer home, peace & quiet , fun, scarry, time of work, langett(stitch), lego, live, light, sound, lumen, temperament , learn.

I send you both the Molys when you come home Elizabeth! you lucky girl in the sun :)

Keyboard dreams (Lotta's Moly)

I don't think I need to give you many hints of what this sketch is all about :) Working a lot nowadays......dreaming of other things.
I was so concentrated on NOT sending this Moly to E until she arrives from Turkey, so I forgot to blog it :)

Friday, August 29, 2008

...now and then Yin is somewhere else

Most of us want to "take care of Earth". I try my best, you probably do the same and eventhen it´s difficult to brake behavioural pattern...

Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened marine echosystem in the world; overfeed - nitrogen and phosphourus...

...it´s easy to relax in the sunshine, wondering about every day perspective of existensialism

This Moly belongs to Lisa, the book of ABC
greener on the other side
helth: state of helth

Monday, August 25, 2008

Perfect life Perfect death

Finally I have completed my work in Carinas book and will post it tomorrow to you, Lotta! The first picture is a piece of embroidery on fabric. Inspired by Elizabets beautiful image of a kitchen sink, I also made a scene from a kitchen, almost a mirror image but not as pleasant. Home sweet hell, home as the scene of a crime. Is the women drowning herself in the sink or just washing her hair? The second picture is also a piece of embroidery but on paper. I left the threads uncut and unfastened. /Lisa

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I LOVE Östersjön

In this moly with a climate-theme I have done two pictures about the pollution of the Baltic Sea - my neighbour! In the textile part the macroperspective and in the paper part the microperspective. Nodularia Spumigena is one of the cyanobacterials that causes the toxic bacterial bloom that prevent us from swimming in the sea the hotest days in the summer. "I LOVE Östersjön" (=I LOVE the Baltic Sea) is the name of an exhibition at the local museum about the Baltic Sea.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Here comes silverfishes and gooldfishes in the spirit of lace.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The kitchen sink and a piece of wallpaper

This is also a two-part Moly with a fabric part and a paper part.

I was inspired of the title of Carinas drawing in her moly and had the chance to do an embroidery I´ve been thinking of for a long time. As a mother of three children i spend a lot of time in the kitchen and there I see new still lifespass on the kitchen sink every day.

In the drawing I started with a piece of an old wallpaper from my grandmothers house. It reminded me of the crocheted wallpaper Carina is showing in her blogg, so it is a kind of homage to that one.

Then the drawing and the emroidery have influenced each other...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Recycling in the Theme climate Moly

Maria's Theme climate Moly:
It's one part paper & one part fabric in this Moly. I worked from a couple of sentences. On the embroidered "drawing" it sais in Swedish: "Eating organic, recycles the morningpapers and buying fairtrade".
Last sentence: "but it's still a rainy summer..."

The embroidery showes empty childfood jars with an organic brand from Denmark called Hipp, which you end up with hundreds when you have an infant (very environment friendly....not....and it has traveled all the way from Denmark to Sweden...).
Drawing of pills and text: "hight levels of anti anxiety drugs in the Stockholm tap water" and "are you feeling happier lately?"

Technique: drawing and collage. Pencil, Copic marker, white opaque, ink and Stabilo.

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Vision

In Elisabet´s book I have made a collage of old photos, a triptyke about two people getting the same vision, a rainbow. I´m inspired by renaissance painting, in which for example the golden colour often represented the heavenly light, a light without shadows, but as I find Earth much more fascinating as a subject I chose silver as the colour of the frames. The colour of silver, here symbolises the earthly light, absolute presence and worship of nature. But above all, the images are about faith, having faith in yourself.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

ride a bike

bikes don´t pollute!!

* with inspiration from traffic signs, the information ones (blue/white)
* painted cross stitches, acrylic with vinyldispertion
* embroidary "sketch net", black pen

translation: ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike = love

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

In this moment a saw the buttons....

..large, small or medium picturesize. I have chosen medium now. //Lotta

I send Molyn right now.

Hello Mollyfriends!
Ok, then It was time to send Lisa´s Moly  to Maria. I Have worked at the same 
line like Lisa did. I liked the idea of cards so I continued with that theme. And of course I drawned in black and white. I have been inspired by positive affirmations and positive thinking, like I need in my life right now. 
I have make the pictures larger this time, so now we will see if they are larger in the web. 
It has been so nice to use just a black pen for making pictures. See you soon.//Lotta

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Next Deadline date!

We decided in the mailing chat that I shall set a date for the next sending deadline.
I think we seem to need some weeks, maybe a month with this busy group :)

Next deadline is June 30 2008 !

One month - but if you are ready earlier - just send it
IMy Moly_x_group! (is that a T-shirt?)

Sorry, I´m so late...

but now I´m ready.
This became the Gold, Silver and Lace - moly. That will bee the theme for this book. I know some people don´t like gold, silver and lace and think its ugly and too much... but I can´t resist it... but someway I can understand the opposite. You, my Moly-friends can do absolutly what you like whith that theme. Hate it or love it or both or ... just do something!

I painted the pages white again :)... but now they are bit more "destroyed" and I like it better that way, whith some texture and "dirt". The picture is painted in acrylic and pencil.

I will post the book to Lisa today. And now I can start with that lovely little book with the fabricpaper and suchi in it (Carinas Moly). I get hungry when I look in it so maybee I follow up the suchi with someting else to eat...

Monday, May 26, 2008

Hello there,
Finally I am on my way with this project! I posted my book today! My book is an ABC-book about life from an existential /everyday perspective. In the first two drawings in the book I have chosen to draw in a symbolic way, images from my imagination that represent scenes from my life as it is at the very moment. I wanted the pictures to look like some kind of playing cards, like Tarot cards or something that has to do with destiny or prophesy.
I can´t wait to have Elizabet´s book in the mailbox so I can make my next drawing...to be continued /Lisa

weather belongs to the public space

I copy the way Carina put a piece of fabric in her sketchbook. MolyX16: choose either way you want to continue my Moly - use both surface of material or pick one!
I´m a cross-stitch lover and I can´t make art without that particular stitch shows up somewhere... I also like images of diagrams,curves, statistics...
My projects and artworks are more sculpture/installation like - the size of Moly is small and a challange, a funny one:)
The "demand" in my book is theme climate.
The picture above is a printed collage. I´m found of weather studies and like to work with one-year-projects. The idea with action over time with starts and ends also includes reflexions of persevering.

The picture text:
"everyone says... ...the weather is very strange"
to the right:
one third of the Swedes doesn´t worry about the climate threat

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Now with beaded sushi rice

My moly has two parts; one part with the normal paper to drew on and one part with a long piece of fabric to make something textile on.
I have started with a comic type drawing of my "not so glamorous week" with title: "En diskbänksrealistisk vecka". If I translate this Swedish expression to English it would be close to; A kitchen-sink-realistic week :)
I scanned the images rather big so you can click on them to read the text.
This one here has an Enlish translation:
Here is my embroidered image on the fabric part of my moly.
now with beaded sushi...
I'm off to Elizabet.
The daylight was blue and strange today - I will post some better images tomorrow on my blogg:
Today (Sunday) I've uploaded more detail images on my flickr
Hi from Carina

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My Moly is on the way...

to Maria. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

We are still working....:)

If you wondered were we disappeared. This Moly group is still alive and kicking! But Art exhibitions, design jobs and children with chicken-pox got in the way.
We gave ourself another week to work.
See you soon!
kind regard

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

shit, I´m a lazy-starter...

Dear sisters of MolyX16,
I have to start with a confession: 6th of May, at 14.09 pm - my moly is still not unpacked...
Things has been a mess and my computer is not as kind as I want
him - or if it´s a she - to be! But I´m on the track - ready for take-off.
I suppose I want to have a theme in my sketchbook, maybe the global warming. I`ll have to think and write back to you, see you!

Monday, May 5, 2008

I started with yellow!

Just wanted you to know I'm on my way whith the moly. I started to paint my sides yellow to get rid of the scary white! I'm not sure how to continue this. I normally work in different materials as beads, cloth, wood, metal and thread so I'm a bit nervous whith just paper and a pen.

Carina, I look forward to recieve your moly with the "fabricpaper"...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I have started

My name is Liselott Bjurgard (Lotta B) and I´m a painter. I usally paint in oil but in the moleskine I will almost for the first time paint in acrylic. I have started today and my source for inspirations is often any kind of craft. The first picture i will do here is inspired by flemish weaving. So further it will be more of parots, trees, leavs and maybe pots.
//Lotta B

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Soon ready for lift off

Hello all Moly X artists and interested friends of the world! We are the moly_x_16 group. An all Swedish group.
My name is Carina (IngerC) I'm an artist, webdesigner and a spare time crafter from Stockholm.
Was doodling today and came to the conclusion that I will sew in a long piece of white fabric in my book so my moly_x_16-friends can make something with tread (or what they want) also. Haven't tried it yet but I imagine that my Moleskine is going to be thick and travel in a box instead of a Jiffy :-)

This feels so exciting!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Welcome to moly_x_16!

This group, founded by Inger Carina (Sweden), is an extension of the Moleskine Exchange. This blog will follow the adventure of a group of Swedish artists, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

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 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 to make a sketchbook entry, and mail it to the next person. The order is listed to the right.

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.

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.