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Confessions of a Creative: The Blank Sheet Project Launches "Leave Your Mark"

The Blank Sheet Project announces the launch of "Leave Your Mark," a new, dedicated place where ambassadors from a wide range of creative disciplines around the world reveal their personal creative influences. This gives The Blank Sheet Project a refreshing way to initiate a dialogue with the global creative community.

An initiative from Arjowiggins Creative Papers, headquartered in Paris, France, The Blank Sheet Project aims to inspire creative excellence by encouraging individuals and businesses to be more innovative, thoughtful and sustainable. It asks creative professionals, given a blank sheet of paper "How will you leave your mark?" This inspirational inquiry now challenges a global audience.

"Leave your Mark" is a new rallying point for all creative people, a window on the source of inspiration for a wide range of international talent. Every two weeks, these personalities will share with the creative community their thoughts, ambitions and creative vision. Facebook's creative director Ji Lee and actor Rutger Hauer are among those who have confirmed their upcoming participation.

Appleton Coated amplifies The Blank Sheet Project's message as the exclusive North American distributor for The Curious Collection of fine papers and Conqueror premium identity paper brand, both manufactured by Arjowiggins. Learn more about Appleton Coated's innovative, sustainable and creative programs and products at www.AppletonCoated.com.

In June 2011, Arjowiggins Creative Papers collaborated with two internationally renowned creatives – art director and designer Neville Brody, and creative director Sir John Hegarty – to inaugurate The Blank Sheet Project for the exchange of ideas. Today, artists and muses from fashion, art, movies and architecture, to name but a few disciplines, have an opportunity to share their insights in this space. "Leave Your Mark" is an Internet page that invites the creative world to engage in conversation on a global scale. This virtual "blank sheet" is an uncensored platform at the disposal of each ambassador where they can leave their mark and share their vision and experiences.

In March "Leave Your Mark" featured Andy Gillet, French actor, model and "Egeria," and Cathleen Naundorf, internationally renowned photographer:

* Gillet confesses that he is driven by ambitions he held a child: "One of my dreams in life is to stay true to the promises I made myself when I was a kid." He says that in order to "realise the world envisaged by a director" he uses his "own experiences and identity to add depth/realism to a character." Currently, Gillet has top-billing in Philippe Terrier-Hermann's movie, "The American Tetralogy," also starring Sharon Stone.

* Naundorf explains that from the beginning, her photographic work has been inspired by haute couture. "I want to express myself through photography. Photography is the opportunity to show my inside world, mixed with my desire to show my research on Men." Through this declaration, Naundorf reveals herself as an artist inspired by painting, by travel and by the haute couture's mystic atmosphere. Most recently, her work was exhibited in London, March 2-31, 2012 at the Hamiltons Gallery.

In April, designer and illustrator Coco, founder of Forget Me Not, presented the perfect marriage of art and fashion. The next "Leave Your Mark" will feature Donald Potard. After collaborating with great names in fashion – Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and others – Potard founded "Agent de Luxe," an atypical agency that creates links between the worlds of luxury, creativity and business.

Read more of these creative confessions and inspirations at The Blank Sheet Project's "Leave Your Mark."

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