CLIENT: STUDIO INITIATED PROJECT
TASMANIAN DESIGN AWARDS 2012
Location: Tasmanian Design Centre
Dimensions: A5 - B6 - SQ1
Materials: 100% Post Consumer Recycled Paper
Artist(s): Jerome Dobinson and Amanda Kay
PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER WHITE
As part of our commitment to the environment [T3D] decided to develop a self initiated product line of 100% Recycled Artist Quality Sketchbooks. We saw a niche in the market for high quality archival sketchbooks made from papers that were manufactured from post consumer waste. Our sketchbooks have been sold through Mona, The MCA, The South Australia Art Gallery and The Art Gallery of NSW and reputable art supply stores and boutique galleries throughout the country. In 2012 they were exhibited as an object finalist in the Tasmanian Design Awards as well as being exhibited at the ‘Furnished’ exhibition at Mawson Place as part of the 2011 10 Days on the Island Festival.
The studio designed a production system for making artist quality sketchbook using traditional bookbinding techniques. The thinking behind the project was to develop a community based production cooperative that would enable people to develop, maintain and learn traditional skills whilst generating employment within the local region by offering the opportunity for local people to assist with the making of the sketchbooks.
We wanted to keep all materials as local as possible and used only paper made from 100% Australian post consumer waste. The sketchbooks came in three main sizes, those being A5/B6/SQ1 and come in 13 different colours printed by What's In A Name in Harrington Street Hobart.