And now, a few Moleskine-related tidbits:
"Just had a chance to visit the Moleskine Art exhibition in Hong Kong’s Times Square (a rather impoverished version of the original, the huge outdoor screen blaring trash across the concourse being the focal point).
Anyway, a modest exhibition in the basement, in one glass case in the shop. But nicely done by enthusiast Patrick Ng, and a true window on what people can do with their Moleskine notebooks. Here are some terrible photos I took with my cellphone of some of the exhibits...
Anyway, I’m probably biased because I interviewed him, but my money is on Mike Rohde, who does some lovely sketches in his:"
Thanks for the mention Jeremy! :-)
I'd almost forgotten that my little sketchbook was sent to Patrick way back in January. Well apparently the show is popular, as I'm reading that the sign-in book (a large Moleskine journal) was filled up and Patrick had to start a second one:
"We didn't expect such a great respond from customers, but the result is fascinating. In a week's time the comment book (large size blank Moleskine) was filled up entirely, so I have put a Comment Book 2 in Times Square last night, hoping to capture more comments. I found that there are a lot of people leaving messages to their loved ones, friends and schoolmates also."
This is great news! I'm happy that all of Patrick's hard work to get this event going has paid off for him in nice ways, and I'm honored to have been invited to participate. This was one of those rare win-win projects, so Jeremy and Patrick's reports make me very happy. Great job Patrick!!
Armand does NAMTA with Kikkerland
Meanwhile, Armand Frasco is living it up at NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) with the Kikkerland folks (distributors of Moleskine in the USA), sharing stories of Moleskinerie and Journalisimo. I'm very proud of Armand commanding the attention of Kikkerland and hope that this recognition will bring him even more fame, fortune and Moleskine books! just be sure to send me some samples Armand! :-)
I've had positive and unfortunate experiences with my own Moleskine collection. Two of my pocket Moleskines have been water damaged in a freak accident involving my Café Bag and my Naglene-esque water bottle that wasn't fully sealed. The carpet in our car got wet, and then soaked through the canvas of my Café bag and into the bottoms of my Pocket Moleskine sketchbook and gridded idea book inside.
I've learned that while Pilot G2 ink is nice and dark, it isn't totally waterproof. Unfortunately parts of some sketches and writings were smeared, and that's too bad. However, on the other hand it almost feels like my Moleskines have been "baptized" as it were and are now truly broken in. I'm glad that I've been using waterproof Uniball gel ink in the Signo 207, so that I'm ready for the next baptism.
Keeping a Moleskine Daily Diary
Now the good: I've been thoroughly enjoying keeping a daily journal in a Moleskine Pocket sized daily journal sent by Patrick Ng. For a few weeks, I'd explored the idea of replacing my Palm handheld with the Moleskine, but came to realize that it was too vulnerable for my tastes (lose the book, there goes my personal life, no backup).
However, because I veered away from using the Pocket Daily Diary as a "daily driver' I instead began using it to record thoughts from each day, before going to sleep. I've found this very therapeutic and enjoyable. If I have a very busy week and don't record thoughts for a few days, I've been back-filling those days when I do journal. The net effect is that I've been keeping a daily diary since the end of February, a first for me.
I really like the Moleskine Pocket Daily Diary because the pages are just right — enough to allow some deeper comments and thoughts yet small enough that I don't feel overwhelmed by a blank page awaiting my thoughts.
Having a record of every day is also quite interesting for reading back in time. It allows me to see progression of thought and to pinpoint when shifts may have occurred in my thinking or environment. This blog has already worked in this regard, but the daily record goes even a step further.
I plan to continue with my daily entries. It will be interesting to look back one year from now to see the full impact of daily writing in this little book. I have a feeling I'll be ordering another Moleskine Daily Pocket Diary from Patrick for 2006. :-)