The Sparkwood and 21 Shield logo with the words STUDIO NOTEBOOK underneath

Commonplace book Inspiration 🌿


The inspiration for this commonplace book comes mainly from the wiki of Devine Lu Linvega which explores their audio, visual and research work. I really like the idea of working in the open and this is a great example of that. Pages I particularly like are: Mirrors Page & Notebook Page

Also 100 rabbits is their design studio (on a boat!) and I love their page on Off Grid information and their Tools Ecosystem.

I’m very loosely basing Sparkwood and 21 on this idea of public information and open source. I would like to sell things and make money from this endeavour and so there will also be things that are not open source on this site. But I am a great believer in the freedom of information as with the correct information you can make the best decisions and so I will keep that as much as I can.

The wikipedia definition of a commonplace book also seems relevant here as well:

Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They have been kept from antiquity, and were kept particularly during the Renaissance and in the nineteenth century. Such books are similar to scrapbooks filled with items of many kinds: sententiae, notes, proverbs, adages, aphorisms, maxims, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, prayers, legal formulas, and recipes. Entries are most often organised under subject headings. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts. Each one is unique to its creator’s particular interests but they almost always include passages found in other texts, sometimes accompanied by the compiler’s responses. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.