Discover the story of the creation of the Mat Let containment book on the Hahnemühle Grey Book!
In March 2020, Mat Let was supposed to travel and go hiking in the Moroccan desert for one month to realize a travel journal.
His project has been cancelled due to the covid-19 epidemic, but Mat wanted to keep all the energy he had for this trip.
So, he decided to realize a travel journal at home, in the 28 square meters he shared with his partner, in Paris.
To create this book, Mat Let immediately thought of the Hahnemühle Grey Book: the grey paper would allow him to reflect the gloomy atmosphere of the confinement and not to spend too much time on the colours of his sketches.
From the first day, he saw from his window the people lining up in large numbers in front of the post office, the passersby coming and going as if nothing had happened…
He finally understands that his book would have to tell all the little daily stories of the containment. He will transcribe at the moment and with humour, all the feelings felt: the desire to escape, the happiness of not having much to do, the fear about the future… The whole range of emotions!
Mat sketches his shoes that are hardly used, his tulips that grow and then die in the planter. He also draws his self-portrait every Sunday evening, as if to probe his state of mind.
On social networks, the project is a great success among other cartoonists in need of inspiration or simply among the public who recognize themselves in the stories of Mat Let every day. A team from a French TV channel even came to interview him at his home to talk about the project and the creative escapes of artists in confinement.
In light of this success, Mat decided to publish his notebook on his own account and launched a crowdfunding campaign, which was crowned with success.
His wish: share this very personal book to keep in memory this crazy period of our common history, like a drawn electrocardiogram of the feelings we all shared.
The book and the original notebooks will be presented at the Rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage in Clermont-Ferrand from November 19 to 21, 2021.