SKETCHEL GALLERY NOW ONLINE!
Check out Sketchel series 2 now online at www.sketchel.com!
THE SKETCHEL BADGE!
a few will be available at the Curvy
art shows, wear one and be a part of the sketchel crew! "...let's
SKETCHEL CREW AT SEMI PERMANENT DESIGN CONFERENCE, JULY 2006
photo by Laura Jack / click to enlarge
SKETCHEL LAUNCHED AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON! and MAGIC, LAS VEGAS
Check out the 6 limited edition sketchels (series 1)
that were launched at Comic Con 05, San Diego, Strangeco BOOTH #4537 ...featuring
limited edition designs by Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Nathan Jurevicius,
Jon Burgerman, Josh Petherick and Fawn Gehweiler. You can also now buy
these 6 designs here,
at the Jeremyville online store. Only 100 units by each artist.
My Favourite musician Beck is doing a series of sketchels, with art by Genevieve
Gauckler from France, also a sketchel contributor. More soon. They will
be avialable at his site. listening to his latest CD recently, really
great. Get yours at the online
WHAT EXACTLY IS A SKETCHEL?
A sketchel is a new shoulder satchel concept that houses original,
one-off art on flexible canvas panels by leading international artists
and designers, and amazing up and coming artists and designers too.
This makes each sketchel a unique art work, while still being a functional
product, and the canvas panel is protected behind a thick, clear PVC cover.
The sketchel is made of black vinyl, with metal fasteners and rivets,
adjustible shoulder strap, and internal pockets.
Sketchel is something very personal, and one of a kind. It is not a mass
market or mass produced product at all... but rather, the opposite of
No one in the world will have the same sketchel as you.
WHO CAME UP
WITH THE IDEA?
Jeremyville and Megan
Mair were one day flying to Paris from New York in January 2004. As is
their custom, they drew a lot on that flight, and one idea that came from
that was sketchel. It has been growing and fine tuning in their heads
ever since, and after they finished producing and designing the Vinyl
Will Kill! book in mid 2004, they decided to find time
to make sketchel a reality. Neil from DESIGN Lab is also involved with
the sampling and production of the sketchels, to get them JUST RIGHT.
WHAT'S THE SKETCHEL SHOW?
Sketchel was launched as an art show during the Semi
Permanent design conference in Sydney, March 2005, and is an ongoing
international art project.
The launch show was presented by Design is Kinky and Jeremyville, and
sponsored by Asahi beer.
For those living under a rock for the last few years, Design
is Kinky are one of the leading design community websites in the world
today, and host the extremely popular Semi Permanent conferences, as well
as find time to publish books and magazines, such as the very cool and
informative art/design magazine Empty.
CAN I CREATE A SKETCHEL?
Each artist contributing to sketchel has been/is being selected by a core
curatorial committee, and is invited to create a design specifically for
sketchel, in any medium, from stencil art, graf, illustration, texta,
pen, ink, screenprint, applique...These canvas panels are then made up
The standard of sketchel designs is very high, and being involved in sketchel
is on an invitation only basis for now.
Amazing work from new sketchel contributor Evgeny Kiselev, who's one of
my favourite artists at the moment.
Collective, and sketchel contributor, has been doing some amazing
stencil work, check it out, and click below to enlarge.
This design is entitled Union Square.
Simply brilliant work from sketchel contributors
Niall McClelland & Lukas Geronamas of Fighting(Canada). Below is Lukas' leaf work. There's
just so much great stuff over at their site, a must to check out.
Navigate through the 'art projects' and
'art shows' area for the juicy stuff. If there was a 'website of the day'
t-shirt to hand out, this site would get it.
Niall and Robin (www.rocamm.com)
also recently had a 10 page spread in Arkitip magazine, september 2004
LUCY McLAUCHLAN AND MATT WATKINS FROM BEAT13
I first saw Lucy's work in the Pressure
skateboard show in Sydney, around 2002, and have followed her work ever
since. Great to have Matt and Lucy from Beat13
(UK) doing some sketchels.
Lucy's also done a cover for Lucky mag, painted a Rolls Royce with Matt
for Kangol, and appeared in Bambi in Japan. Click
on some of Lucy's early work from 2001, below.
ILIA OVECHKIN, OLYMPIC
At 20 years of age, sketchel contributor
Ilia Ovechkin from www.iliaovechkin.com
has already worked for Arkitip, Threadless, Agnes b., and Readymade Magazine.
I love his style very much. Memorable images like dracular teeth with
braces, and a cool sparseness and restraint thorughout his work. A definite
talent to watch.
JON BURGERMAN SKETCHEL
Awesome work by Jon
Burgerman, UK uber-doodler and rising star on the international design
scene. He's appeared in most of the best group art shows in recent years,
and also in books such as Hollywood:The Remix by Wooster
Collective, the recent Pictoplasma conference in Germany, and also
in Vinyl Will Kill! by Jeremyville, published by IdN. He's a top bloke
too. Below is 1 of his 3 designs. Click to enlarge. Now available at the
Jeremyville online store to purchase.
I first saw Damion's
work at his show at Halcyon in Brooklyn, in early 04, and have had
him in mind ever since to collab on something. Happy to announce he's
now a sketchel contributor.
ADAM CRUICKSHANK/ REGULAR PRODUCT (AUST)
Lovely work from the talented Adam
Cruickshank, here's one of his sketchels, more at the online sketchel
to have Mariline Fiori from Marseilles France involved in sketchel. her
work is fantastic.
Mariline has been working for about five years in the field of electronic and rock
music. She then joined the op-ac collective to merge her love of music
and the visual arts. after numerous exhibitions in europe with the collective,
she now dedicates herself to her first love, illustration. you can find
her works on www.marilinefiori.com
Chow panel and sketchel. One of my favourite sketchels.
work from new sketchel contributor t-girl (Mathilda Engman) from Sweden,
who has done work in Barcelona.
SKETCHEL AT MONOPOP INTERNATIONAL ART GALLERY 09!
& MondoPOP presents:
Sketchel Group Show @ MondoPOP
International Gallery and Shop in Rome, from the 8th November to 10th
AT CURVY 08 !
out selections from the new sketchel series 2 at the recent Curvy
Sydney show!! (all female sketchels!) More on that soooon!
Mori Gallery 168 Day Street Sydney
Launch: Thursday April 3 (8-11pm)
Public: Friday April 4-Sun April 6 (10am-5pm)
Schwipe Don’t Come Gallery -Level 2/314 little Collins St, Melbourne
Launch: Thursday April 17 (6-9pm)
Public: Friday April 18 - Sunday May 3 (10am-5pm)
AYA KAKEDA SERIES 2 SKETCHEL AT CURVY 08!
sketchel artist Aya Kakeda has been chosen to feature in Curvy 08 with
her great new sketchel design! Check out Aya's amazing work at her site
sketchel HEARTS Aya Kakeda !!
NEW SIZE SPECS
already confirmed for stage 2, click here
for the new specs. 30 cm wide, 40 cm high vertical format, on a firm primed
canvas (piece of canvas cloth), (NOT
ON A BOARD, AS SOME HAVE BEEN ASKING!)
note where the main image appears on the flap.
FUSED MAGAZINE, UK
did a 2 page story on Sketchel, thanks very much to David O'Coy.
That's a pic of Megan Mair on the opening page, co-creator of sketchel.
and I also created a special Fused sketchel...(click below) that
featured in the story.
Click to see all the sketchel
supporters to date. THANKYOU for all the support so far.
We are happy to have others join up, so if you are in the media, online
or press, or have a community site, email me
and let me know you're interested ...
FULL CONTRIBUTOR LIST!
There's been a lot of editorial, both print
and web, on sketchel...some including: The Drama, XFuns, IdN magazine,
The Sydney Morning Herald, Playtimes, Clutter Magazine (UK), xlr8r (US),
Fused (UK), Australian Infront, 2 pages in a book called Graphics Alive,
published by Victionary, a sketchel in Rolitoboy's book published by IdN,
and lots more. If you'd like to feature any of the 230 artists sketchels
in your mag or online, please email
me and I'll send the image through. If you'd
like to write something about the sketchel project, pleae email me.
If you've written something about sketchel, let
me know and I'll link it here.
DEVILROBOTS DIG SKETCHEL
Megan and I were in Singapore recently
for the launch of the Trexi designer toy series by Play Imaginative, hung
out with the crew from Devilrobots
(Japan). They dug sketchel. click pic.
That's a one off sketchel I created for Trexi by the way.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY CONTRIBUTORS, ABOUT
THE BAG SPECS:
Can I create my art digitally and output to canvas at a bureau?
A: Yes, but please stipulate outdoor,
UV resistant inks. This option is for those not able/or comfortable with
creating a hand generated design, or due to time constraints. But the
majority of designs will be hand created! On a piece of flexible canvas,
NOT a stiff board.
Q: What are the exact dimensions of sections "b" and
"c", on the specs?
A: You should create your design on the WHOLE of the 30 cm wide
x 40 cm high canvas. Vertical. Just be aware that the area that appears
on the FRONT of the sketchel is infact the bottom section, indicated as
section "a" on specs.
If in doubt, look at the sketchel gallery to get an idea how others
have done it!
the other areas 'b' and 'c' are only loosely in those areas, nothing too
defined, or exact, ie they are not rigidly defined areas, as the flap
gently curves around the top of the bag, so there are
no hard edges or sections that need to be adhered to!
so basically you can design ALL OVER the 30 cm x 40cm, but just keep in
mind the area that appears loosely on the front , and the 1cm all around
that is hidden by the seams. That's it. Very simple really.
And keep in mind that section 'c' appears upside down when made into the
sketchel. Click on Bob Kronbauer's sketchel (right) to see how he did
Q: Can I send my art in a tube?
A: Yes, but don't roll it TOO tightly please! post to
PO BOX 1059
Sydney NSW 1335
Sketchel contributor Francesca Boyd-Barrett (franmo)
from the UK but now based in California, has some very kooky-cool, effortlessly
gorgeous work over at her site. Great to see her Guinnea pigs getting
a guernesey. The music at the site compliments the work really well too.
Sounds like she's sampled her guinnea pig sounds.
Here is some work below from her Beautiful
Decay appearance. Gee I love this. It would rule on a sketchel!
Ryan is doing some great work at Neuarmy
Check out the analogue work especially. (and click below to enlarge) Neu
Army also worked on the very cool The
Check out the NIIICE typography at sketchel
contributor Dylan R. Mullins at Plus-Think,
from Richmond Virginia, (US). Below is 'rough and tumble', which you can
buy soon off his site.
Hailing from Walnut California, Saiman
Chow is one of my favourite designers, and is now in the sketchel
project, thanks to the hook up from Dustin at Upso.
Gee I could look at this for hours.
SEAN KELLY, SOLOGRAPHIC
Sean from solographic
has sent in 2 sneak previews of his sketchels, mocked up, great work Sean.
click to enlarge.
UNGLUE MY LIMB
sketchel contributor Ross
Holden from Unglue
My Limb, has some really tasty work at his site. The sketchbooks are
very candid and unfussed too, like flicking through them while visiting
EVIL DESIGN, US
This is either a really cute image, or
exhibit A in the pending 'State versus MCA' child labor case.
Awesome work by sketchel contributor MCA.
Also check out his fotolog.
28 year old French artist Nina Ka is a new sketchel contributor to stage
2, see her work at http://www.un-ter.com
AT CURVY 08 !
Sydney artist XXZilla,
a long time sketchel favourite, will be featured at the sketchel installation
at Curvy 08! Here is a sneak preview of her upcoming sketchels. She will
also be a part of the Kids Today show on the Semi
Permanent Calendar for 08.
Here's something from here site:
Surry Hills artist [KISS’KISS] ‘Zilla is inspired by punk
rock, tribal artifacts, and the NY/LA/Portland underground art movements.
Her images, sculptures and art-toys convey a love of beauty, voodoo and
destruction in a wild world. Skulls, skeletons and mystical creatures
play in the voodoo jungle.
XX’Zilla works with fabric, wood, paper and hand-cast resin to create
art pieces you can collect and play with. She brings a characteristic
punk-pop approach to watercolours, drawings, hand-coloured prints and
screenprints on paper.
and art-toys have been exhibited at China Heights Art Gallery, Hope Street
Markets, Gaffa Gallery, Gallery 44, Blank Space, The Opera House, The
Great Escape Festival and art-rock nights in Sydney. XX’Zilla has
worked with and assisted artists Ben Frost, Kill Pixie and Koen Wastijn.
XX’Zilla sculptural collaborations with pop-artist Ben Frost have
also been shown in The Arm, NY, Studio Apart, Amsterdam and The Autopsy
sketchel book that accompanies the project is now available.
page colour, burst bound, 17.2 cm wide x 22cm high)
20 US dollars
shipping to any address in the world)
allow 10 days
15 US dollars
shipping to any address in the world)
you are a progressive retail store and would like to carry the book, please
email me for further details.
We've decided to offer ALL 230 sketchel contributors a discount on the
books, shipped to you anywhere in the world.
Only click on the contributor button if you are a genuine contributor.
book includes around 180 artists, as well as short interviews with Genevieve
Gauckler, Gary Baseman, Bob Kronbauer, Jon Burgerman, Josh Petherick,
Nathan Jurevicius, Fawn Gehweiler, and Tim Biskup.
Here are some pages:
MCA Evil Design created this graphic in the
Sketchel t-shirt comp, which we printed for the show, only 50 units!
You are able to buy the last few remaining MCA designed black sketchel t-shirts.
Email me now if you'd like to
reserve one in sizes s, m, l, xl. They're going fast. Might be gone before
I have time to set ther paypal up for it... $39 US which includes postage
to anywhere in the world.
There was also
some fine work from Nadia Hunt, Jilf, Mark Graham from I Love Dust, Colletivo,
Draawer, Damion Silver, Alex Purdy, Susan Burghart, and others. These are
all in the book.
Have some inclination to create a sketchel
logo? We've added the best ones to the book. Yo can still send them in as
we'll be adding them all here soon. All it needs to be is in the spirit
of sketchel, with a 1 colour version too, and that's basically it.
Rob Cordiner from the
Lardo, and sketchel contributor, has come up with an excellent sketchel
logo. very atmospheric and subliminal. love it. Almost like a future city
Keep em coming! I'll add them here and link your site. Here's one from Sean
Kelly of solographic
Sketchel contributor Bob Kronbauer, who heads one of the coolest indie clothing
labels on the planet, Crownfarmer,
(now stocked in Colette, Paris) just sent in a working draft of his sketchel
design. (below, click to enlarge) NICE!
Also check out Bob's first book too,
Beach Glass, based on his very candid photographic work shot over
a 3-year period. Awesome stuff, highly recommended. www.holy-water.co.uk
Sketchel contributor Matt Cassity from Brooklyn,
US, has some really awesome work, check it out at www.cassity.us
He's also created work for Faesthetic magazine. Click
below to enlarge.
Sketchel contributor Kenn Sakurai from esm-artificial,
(Canada) has been one of my favourite designers for quiet some time, and
I was stoked to have him on board for sketchel. Kenn sent some recent decks
he's done for the Colette/ Comme des Garcons store. click to enlarge. Ultra
cool, how do I buy one?
ANDY SARGENT (AUST)
talented designer from Melbourne making waves on the international design
scene. Check out Andy's sketchel.
I really love the work of now Japan based
artist Brad Howe,
originally from Melbourne. His sketchel is a personal
favourite, being based around the lyrics of a Fred Neil song, 'Dolphins'.
interpretation of the song (1974) is one of
the highlights of my music collection. Here is his design. Brad does work
Magazine, Wax Poetics,
and many other great magazines. I think his style is very cool and unique.
MISS VAN SKETCHELS
cool sketchel panels from Miss Van, one of the seminal players of the
international graf scene, having originated a very unique style. Both
sketchels have sold! Also featured in the book Jeremyville