Two years ago, when I should have been paying attention in class, I drew a sketch of a house being carried by a balloon. I wasn’t very fond of it. Too much whimsy. I immediately forgot about it, and it lay quietly in a drawer in my desk, abandoned.
A year later, I was introduced to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s website hitRECord.com, a young website for collaborative artists. I gathered up my nearest sketches, including the little draw-dweller, and duly uploaded them. Because I was busy catching up with the classes I had perviously paid so little attention to, once again, the little sketch was sadly forgotten. At best, it had moved home from my drawer to the internet, and gained a hastily conceived name, Stitchpunk.
Two weeks later, I return to hitRECord, and find dozens of fascinating variations of the forgotten little sketch, including a genuinely gorgeous full-colour rendering. Against my every expectation, people started to build stories around the sketch, and a year later it had its own world, with characters, backstory, and literally hundreds of great contributions.
Recently, hitRECord released a book, named RECollection, compiling a retrospective of some the art, music, writing and videos of the website that had engendered since its birth. Incredibly, Stitchpunk, (now renamed Stitchtown as part of the collaboration) and its superior colour rendering are granted two whole pages.
Today, I come across a photo set of the interview Joseph Gordon-Levitt had on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. During the interview, Joseph hands Leno a copy of RECollection. As Leno takes a cursory scan, I glimpse a familiar flash of colour. Sure enough, there it is. My little draw-dweller, the forgotten sketch, on US Primetime TV.
I can’t take much, if any, credit for this. It all goes to Joseph, hitRECord, Neithan, moonbug, and the hundreds of others who made this happen. Cheers. And to think I almost left that sketch in the drawer. I’m very proud of it.
I’ll probably return to hitRECord soon. I have other drawers, with other sketches hiding inside them.