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Date: Friday, 29 Jul 2011 08:29

 Be back soon

We would like just to inform you that we are going to do some maintenance to Moleskinerie's server during this weekend.

Everything should be run normally during these days, but if you are going to encounter any issue do not worry, we'll be back soon.

In the meanwhile you can enjoy your weekend by downloading the Moleskine "Do not disturb" sign.

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Announcement from Moleskine"
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Date: Friday, 29 Jul 2011 07:56

Paris

It's one of the most famous signs all over the world. You can find it in every hotel, bed and breakfast or place to spend the night. It's the "Do not disturb" sign!

Why not add classy touch while telling that you do not want to be disturbed?

Now you can, with the Moleskine "Do not disturb" sign!

Ready to leave? Don't forget to download, print, cut them and hang on your door handle.

You can choose among a selection we've made from our myMoleskine gallery authors here. They are from different cities all around the world:

  • Taipei by Paul Wang
  • Paris by James Richards

In addition to these we leave you a blank one you can personalize as you want!

What are you waiting for, go to the MSK Templates area, collect them all and send us pictures of your doors :)

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Paper toys"
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Date: Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 13:13

We often talked about handwriting in the past and since we consider it more than just a way to communicate, we keep on exploring this involving field that not only can improve idea composition and expression but also aid fine motor-skills development.

Hand Written Letter Project

The project discovered today is The Hand Written Letter Project, and it's called like this because extended an invitation to designers and creative thinkers alike to simply write and make known their thoughts posed by this situation: in handwritten form and on their stationery (both of which were seemingly expendable to some, their idea taking preference).

This website showcases some of the correspondence since the projects initiation in 2007, containing the thoughts of some of the biggest and best designers and design studios from the world over.

That said, if you are interested in handwriting, keep on following us, we will have some interesting stuff for you very soon!

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Opinions, Passions"
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Date: Monday, 25 Jul 2011 13:23

Children's book

Last week end we left you with the Urban Sketchers event and today we would like to keep on talking about sketching.

We received an email from Heidi , a children’s book editor and art lover, who highlighted us the launch of Uncovered Cover Art. And we are pleased to share.

A website designed for artists who want to show off their passion for illustrating children's books, art directors looking for artists, agents on the lookout for new talent etc.

This reminded us a couple of posts ago when we talked about the Monster Engine.

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Arts & Culture"
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Date: Friday, 22 Jul 2011 13:10

Urban Sketchers Lisbon

We just received this picture directly from Lisbon made by a couple of Italian bloggers (Domitilla and Maurizio) who are there for vacations.

It's from the  2nd International Urban Sketching Symposium where nearly 200 sketchers from more than 20 countries are gathering there.

From July 21 to 23 there will be meetings, lectures, exhibits, and above all outdoor sketching sessions with a team of artists, professionals and sketching enthusiasts, architects, illustrators, travellers, all armed with notebooks, sketch pads, pencils, watercolors, pens and brushes.

To those that still don't know Urban Sketchers, it is group blog with hundreds of international sketch artists who share the world through their notebooks. They explore cities and sketch them in every detail, capturing the essence of places and people on paper: images, scenes of urban life, crowded squares, ladies shopping, panoramic rooftop views, people seated in cafés or by the river.

Attend the event is the only way to get one of those... :)

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Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Events"
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Date: Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 14:54

Cortona on the move

CORTONA ON THE MOVE is a unique event  held from July 21st to September 4th 2011, which is meant to become a reference point for photography in Italy and internationally.

This first edition of the festival is focused on photography in travel, developing a path through the old city and its surroundings and will offer visitors a journey of knowledge of the various facets of photography, of contemporary communication, of reportage and photo documentation through different events you can discover on their website.

For this occasion, if you have in plan to go and attend the event, you can download and print the opening days event's schedule in MSK format (July 21th - July 24th).

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Events"
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 14:05

Pencil shaving

Lately we have been talking about Art and its different way of expression.

We have found the one of Kyle Bean really amazing. He is a Brighton based designer specialised in hand crafted models, set design and art direction.

Here you can read more about what's behind them.

Lovely!

Pencil Shaving Art

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Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Arts & Culture"
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Date: Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 13:12

Moleskinerie Color

Thanks to swissmiss we found out the website: The Color of.

As described on the website: this is a system created to find out the colour of anything, by querying and aggregating image data from Flickr. It is an attempt at answering a potentially complex and abstract question in an objective manner, by using simple algorithms on data originating from subjective human perceptions.

The Color of

THE COLOR OF uses an averaging algorithm on the colour pixel values of the queried images, displaying the result incrementally as each picture is loaded. Taking the assumption that random images will average out to become grey, we can attribute any colour bias which deviates from grey, to the term as searched. Any further interpretation is then up to the user.

Have you tried it? Do you think the results are the colors you expected?

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Arts & Culture, Passions"
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Date: Monday, 18 Jul 2011 14:26

Since we want you to be protagonist of our community we decided that not only you had to pick up the new "Author a month", as you did during last week, but also have to choose the questions that we are going to ask to Rebecca.

So, here you are the questions you can choose from. You have to pick up 3 of them at least.

The 3 most voted ones will be asked to Rebecca Venn the girl who was the most voted on our Facebook page during last week. You have till next friday, July 15th to vote!

Read Rebecca story here

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "An Author a month"
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Date: Monday, 18 Jul 2011 14:23

After a little while you didn't heard about it, we are back with the "Author a month" initiative and it comes with a looot of content for you all.

As we wanted you to be more and more involved in the process for defining the best Authors within myMoleskine gallery, we decided for the first time to let you decide who to pick as "Author a month" via a Facebook entry.

You have chosen Rebecca Venn, and at this point we thought to go even further with your involvement by asking you here to choose three question we would have asked Rebecca.

Here she is, eventually. We let her speaking by helself.

Door County 2009 Rebecca painting at ELLISON BAY
 

Rebecca's background

http://rebeccavenn.com/

Most of my artistic education, other than the basic college degree, has been attained through self-education...this is different from self taught because I have sought out artists whose work I admire and who I felt had something I needed  to learn. I have always drawn and painted...watercolor is such a challenge and it really appeals to me with its quick intuitive response.  Most of my work is very intuitive, whether it be the figurative work, for which I am known, or the plein air which feeds my soul.

At present I am preparing for a solo exhibition of my figurative work, but as weather permits, you will find me with my Moleskine watercolor book sitting in some beautiful place and having my thoughts lifted and my eyes recharged.

1. How do you use your notebooks?

I have found the 5" x 8" watercolor notebook by Moleskine to be my favorite as I do watercolor when traveling or sometimes when I need to get outside and clear my head.  The paper takes the paint beautifully and I love the texture.  The size is perfect for just popping in a small bag and hiking through the woods or into the mangroves.  It is not heavy and, as with watercolor itself, less is more.

2. What inspires you the most during your creation process?

Nature.  All the many varied textures, the way the light changes and keeps my heart racing trying to capture a moment. The peace away from technology.  And the color...it is the color whether dark before the rain or the brilliant glow of a flower or light on the water.  And the music of nature.  I love the quiet of the breezes which calm my spirit and recharge my visions.  I find that painting outdoors recharges my sense of colors.  After spending time in nature my eyes are heightened when I return to the studio.

3. What are your sketching tools?

The less, the better.  Of course the Moleskine watercolor notebooks or drawing surface is my preferred support.  I carry a Winsor & Newton travel kit which contains an HB pencil, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener and the pan paints which I use that come with the kit.  I refill the pan paints with tube paint as it disappears.  A small package of tissues and a thin black pen (permanent ink).  I use a travel brush #10 or #12 which keeps a good point.  I keep a small flat brush in the kit in case I need that kind of stroke but mostly I don't use it.

At this point you could think it's over...But, as we said, it's not all.
 

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Not only we realized a custom Sleeve as before, but also created a custom Bookmark and left Rebecca the decision to fill up a blank Wise Dice or a M.Use Box. She realized a Wise Dice with some suggestions to follow to try to sketch like she does.

Just reach the MSK Templates section here and download the three files for free.

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Date: Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 13:12

Moleskine tracks

This is the story about Jeff and his lost Moleskine notebook.

Jeff lost his notebook, someone found it thanks to the "In case of loss" page (you can download and print for free on our MSK Templates area) that Jeff filled.

It all made sense: the notebook had my name, phone number, and email address on the title page

As you can see by the image above it could appear a bit spoiled, since there are some car tire tracks on the paper. Well, a part from this, it's not.

It was clear that it had been run over by at least one car; the tire tracks professed as much. Despite that, everything was intact. The cover was in good shape, no pages were missing or torn, and the mechanical pencil was still inside (albeit broken). Yes, some of the pages were wrinkled, but that didn’t affect usability.

If you want to read the whole story, here it is.

Have you ever found yourself in a similar kind of situation?

Lost or found a Moleskine notebook? Did the "In case of loss" page saved your precious ones?

Tell us within the comments!

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Community"
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Date: Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 13:12

















This video realized by the graphic designer, Casttro, is such a great example of how to interact with our online community commerce platform Moleskine Artist Marketplace, where artists that use Moleskine notebooks to express their creativity can customize and sell them directly to consumers to use and enjoy.

Do you have some other examples to share? If so, highlight them to us, we will populate our favorites collection on YouTube

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Community"
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Date: Tuesday, 05 Jul 2011 14:22

















Taking inspiration by this video, we are thinking how your Moleskine notebook become your best companion.

When you fill it with your trip "best-moments", do you choose to write or draw to fix your memories into paper? Or better, with photos or tickets of the places and museums you visited?

Summer has just begun...Share with us the story of your vacations told by words and sketches on myMoleskine Artworks/Video gallery!

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Community"
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Date: Friday, 01 Jul 2011 14:50















 

In occasion of custom-edition notebook Moleskine created for Combo during the Pitti Uomo trade shows in Florence, Combo asked artist Paolo “Zero-T” Capezzuoli to create an installation using Combo Moleskine notebooks as the canvas.

This piece of art  consists of 54 notebooks which were stapled onto wooden planks and then spray painted.

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Arts & Culture"
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Date: Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 15:40

Skyler Maroste

Name: Skyler A. Maroste

Website: www.theskylermaroste.com

1. What is your current Moleskine notebook?
Pocket Moleskine & Black XL Professional Moleskine

2. How do you use your notebook?
I use my Moleskine in numerous ways! My pocket Moleskine comes with me EVERYWHERE and I record almost everything in it. It is a lot more chaotic then my large Moleskine which has started out with full page organic sketches. Basically I use them to record my thoughts then design how I would like my thoughts to be visualized.

3. What's the next place you plan to take your notebook to?
I plan to travel the world someday, but until then I am determined on visiting the Middle East. I am currently trying to learn the Arabic language, I have a Moleskine dedicated to the Arabic language and has been EXTREMELY useful as a reference. When I am here I will use my Moleskine as a reference, storage, and of course a place to record!

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4. What do you want to tell the world?
Be yourself! No one can change who you are, and no one should! Everyone is an artist, you just need inspiration.

5. Where will you and your notebook be in 5 years?
In five years hopefully the world will still be a live-able place. I will hopefully be a settled artist with a big house and happy family...but who knows. Life will only tell. But my Moleskines will live on forever, until another person or even generation gets inspired and that is when I will be contempt.

If you want to be featured in upcoming weeks, please email us! moleskinerie@moleskine.com

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Date: Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 14:09

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myMoleskine "Author a month" initiative is back!!

You'll be the one to decide who will be the Author for this June.

How?

Visit our Facebook official page and then vote for one of the three top uploaders of this month.

The winner will be featured here on Moleskinerie.

The author will have dedicated sleeve and bookmark 

He/She will have to create a Wise Dice or M.Use Box to tell where his/her source of inspiration comes from.

Watch their artworks here: Rebecca - Steam - Dominic

Vote HERE! You will have time till July 6th.

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Date: Monday, 27 Jun 2011 13:31
















 

Today, we discovered this astonishing project realized by BBC and the UK charity Public Catalogue Foundation: Your Paintings

Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.

There are an estimated 200,000 oil paintings in the UK's national collection, and the aim of the website is to bring online all of them by the end of 2012.

More than 63,000 paintings are already available coming from the state and local authorities together with those held in charitable trusts for the benefit of the public make up the national collection shown on the Your Paintings website. In addition, a small number of important collections that are not in public ownership nor normally open to the public are also being included.

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You can collaborate too. With the Tagger initiative you can help organizing the collection by tagging each painting.

Tell us if you are willing to help, so far we are trying to put online all your creativity with myMoleskine Artworks here.

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Arts & Culture"
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Date: Friday, 24 Jun 2011 13:15

Since it's friday, as we did 2 fridays ago with the "29 ways to stay creative", we would like to share with you another beautiful video.

This time it's an animation of the alphabet made with different Fonts made by a design studio based in Turin / Italy and focused on Design, Graphic and Animation: n9ve













If you want to dig out more about the creation process of the video, here some screens for the concept and the background animation

Despite this, which is your favorite font? As you know we already love Helvetica so far :)

Helvetica

Author: "Staff Moleskine" Tags: "Arts & Culture"
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Date: Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 15:43

Sketching

Sketchnotes 101 is a series of posts made by Core 77 that helps you in learning how to sketch and take notes.

It explores the application of visual thinking tools in the worlds of design and creative thinking.

The recent rise of the "visual thinking" movement in business borrows from the natural ways designers work—using sketches to explore and express ideas, manipulating complex systems of thoughts on sticky notes, and using rough visuals to make sense of the world. Humans are, of course, wired to be visual thinkers from birth, so it's only natural that people are attracted to these tools, and the power they have to help solve problems and explore opportunities.

Mental Cache

We found that terrific. 

Sketchnoting is a true art that deserves a lot of practice and explanations. This could be a great source to start experiencing it and to create a good base for your skills.

Hope you'll find this as a  touch base to start new projects or just to get new inspirations.

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Date: Monday, 20 Jun 2011 14:35

MSK2

Have you ever wanted a digital notebook where to fill all your digital content?

Here you are the new MSK format.

The MSK 2 is the natural evolution of the MSK as you know it.

Can't wait to play with it?

Wait a sec...you have to know what amazing stuff you can do with it:

  • Start a new MSK or modify one already existing into the MSK library
  • Up to 10 pages per MSK where to insert text, lines or images coming from your computer or from myMoleskine gallery
  • Choose the size and layout of your notebook and even decide if to pick a special template coming from Moleskine Passions.

The MSKs you create will be always there stored within your account, secretly or publicly. You decide!

Well well, here the direct link to the new MSK.

Enjoy!!!

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