A sketchbook as a tiny studio
A sketchbook accompanying the creative processes can be an ongoing productive tool.
It is a safe place.
Artists sketch and practice uncertainty in it, but as an art therapist, I use it as a starting point for creating a safe inner place.
I suggest to many of my patients and students to choose their sketchbook from a pile of books, and they can do with it what they wish. They are invited to share, but they are not obliged to do so.
This tool is a transition object for the time between meetings, allowing them to practice the search for the self through doodling, sketching, drawing, writing, and gluing.
It is a storage space, a secret, private place, accumulating knowledge chronologically throughout the therapy or educational process. The more you use it the more it gives back strength and competency.
The video: Kyoto Maditaions, 2019 – my artwork
The image above is a pile of skethbooks waiting for someone to choose from.