The Travelogues Project

The Travelogues Project couples the practice of making books by hand with rekindling the use of pocket-sized travelogue books as a non-digital means to document sights, food and experiences, and sharing them for others to vicariously enjoy and learn from. The purpose of The Travelogues Project is to encourage collaborative creativity across age groups and physical locations in a way that others can participate in and be inspired by.



The Travelogues Project involves five distinct parts:

Part 1 – Pop-Up Travelogue Making Stations – Travelogue Making Stations pop-up where people of all ages can make small 10-page Travelogue Books by hand using contemporary bookbinding techniques. Supplies and instruction are provided. There is no fee to participate in these activities. Participants assemble Travelogues, embellish the covers, and leave the inside pages blank. Instructions on how to use the books are found at the QR Code printed on the back of each Travelogue. Each official Travelogue is uniqued, numbered and is signed by the person who assembled and embellished it. The goal here is to make complementary Travelogue Books for many other people to use to record their travels in. Watch for more Pop-Up Travelogue Making Stations to pop-up during summer 2024.

Part 2 – Distributing Travelogues – For Spring and Summer 2024, Collab Arts Lab has partnered with St. Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary to distribute the complementary Travelogues in-person during the Traveling Bookstore’s 2024 West Coast tour during stops in Eureka and Arcadia (CA), Port Orford and Portland (OR), and Libby (MT) among other places. During Summer 2024 Collab Arts Lab is also distributing Travelogues throughout Sonoma County & San Francisco (CA) and in Cork County (IRELAND).

Part 3 – Using Travelogues – Resurrecting the practice of writing or sketching in travel diaries of long ago, these Travelogue books are intended to be a non-digital means of documenting — through writing, sketching, drawing, collaging or any other means – the sights, meals, experiences and people encountered while traveling, whether traveling abroad, across country, or traveling locally in your own neighborhood. After the book is full, Traloggers (the people who will be filling the Travelogues with their adventures) have a couple of choices: they may choose to keep the Travelogue; or they may choose to have their Travelogue included in the digital library and physical archive.

Part 4 – Mailing Filled Travelogues – While Traloggers are welcome to keep their Travelogue Books, we encourage Traloggers to mail their filled Travelogue Books to Collab Arts Lab so that they (the front and back cover and all pages inside) can be scanned and uploaded to the Travelogues Digital Library and to the Travelogues Physical Archive. (NOTE: There is no deadline for mailing in Travelogues, so some may arrive in a few months, others in a year or two, and others may never arrive as people may choose to keep them.)

Mail filled Travelogues to:

ATTENTION: Collab Arts Lab, Berkeley Commonplace, 2571 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 1A, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA. Inside the package be sure to include a note that has your name, email, and address so that we can contact you to confirm that we received your Travelogue and to notify you when your Travelogue has been updated to the Digital Library and has been added to the Physical Archive.

Part 5 – Collab Arts Lab Travelogues Digital Library & Physical Archive – The purpose of the Collab Arts Lab: Travelogues Digital Library & Physical Archive is to show evidence of collaborative, creative, artistic endeavors in a way for others to vicariously enjoy and learn from, and to encourage collaborative creativity across age groups and physical locations in a way that others can participate in and be inspired by. The scanned Travelogue images may also be used in published anthologies, catalogues and on social media. After being scanned, the physical Travelog Books will be kept in the Collab Arts Lab: Travelogues Archive at Berkeley Commonplace and may be included in future exhibitions, book readings, and interactive events.

LAUNCH

Collab Arts Lab launched The Travelogues Project on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Berkeley Art Center in conjunction with the opening of the Round Table Collaboration Postal Collage Project No.13 exhibition. Collab Arts Lab collaborated with St. Rita’s Amazing Bookstore and Textual Apothecary to create a Pop-Up Travelogue Making Station where people of all ages dropped-in and made Travelogues. Bookmaking supplies were provided and typewriters, washi tape, markers, decorative papers and other art supplies were on hand to uniquely embellish the Travelogues. There was no fee to participate in this activity.

ABOUT

Collab Arts Lab projects are intergenerational, providing opportunities and encouragement for people of all ages —from kids to seniors— to cooperate, collaborate and share knowledge; to find and foster commonality and community thru the act of creating art together. Collab Arts Lab is a Berkeley Commonplace program, devised and developed by artist C.K.Itamura.

St. Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary – A decade ago, Rita Collins thought about opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the small rural Montana community where she lived. Financially it would be a challenge though with the limited number of customers. Why not open a traveling bookstore, taking it where there would be more customers as well as adventure? So the traveling bookstore was born, and now ten years later this bookstore has set up all over the US at festivals, cafes, brew pubs, museums, universities, farmers markets, public libraries, music stores, elementary schools and art galleries. Forty-one states and many miles, the traveling bookstore is doing it. Which brings up the idea of a textual apothecary, because reading isn’t just for fun but can also be medicinal. Surely you have experienced the perfect book for easing a headache or helping with a cold. So for those of you who appreciate the wonder and therapeutic effects of reading words on a printed page, watch for this bookstore full of unusual used books to visit your neck of the woods. https://saintritasbooks.com