Friday, May 30, 2008


As I've always liked the idea of self-portraits for this exchange, I've decided that the photos I will supply will also be self-portraits.  Anyone think this is a good idea and want to do the same?

What kind of moly?

I think I am going to use a standard moly instead of a Japanese fold. I feel like a portrait begs for more room. I will dedicate this book to these portraits. There are 100 pages in this type of book, so I suppose it will take a long time to fill. I have plenty of time.

We'd like to add a few more artists to this group. This book will accommodate many more portraits than the smaller Japanese fold pocket Moleskine. Please consider this book.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Hello everyone.

This is Melissa from Pennsylvania, USA. I look forward to this exciting new moly collaboration. It feels like I know many of you already from stalking your blogs these past few months.

I had sent a flickrmail to each of you asking for your snail mail so that we may begin sorting out a mailing order, etc. If you've not done so already, please feel free to drop me a line.

Also, you may want to mention and discuss here how you will be displaying your photos and/or (eeek) video for us to choose from. I created a new set on my flickr account titled Portrait Party Moly X.

Hope to hear from each of you soon.



This group, founded by Melissa (USA), is a collaboration of the Moleskine Exchange and the Portrait Party. This blog will follow the adventures of a group of artists from around the world, in a Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

Begun by art teacher Rama Hughes, the portrait party is an old idea revisited. As a child his family would gather around at parties and take turns modeling and drawing one another. Continuing in this tradition, the portrait party is a vehicle for artists from all over to pair up and draw one another.

Getting started:

Each artist will set off with a Moleskine in which they will draw their self-portrait. The book is then passed to the next artist who will add a self-portrait and a portrait of the book's owner. When the artist's book has reached the last member it will be returned to the owner. Artists have one month to make an entry.

The concept:

1. The artists start with a large Moleskine sketchbook - Name, address, email address written in book. The book owner should include a few snapshots inside the back pocket and/or upload photos or video to their flickr account for the artists to choose from.

2. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry.

3. 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.

The moly_x_project was begun by Marty Harris, Minnesota, USA.
The portrait party was begun by Rama Hughes, Los Angeles, USA.