A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 2, January 25th - Impossible???

Here's Day 2, a simple little Shorts Book or Ox-Plow Pamphlet, called Impossible.... It's made with a single sheet of paper and computer-generated text. The whole thing takes about 5 minutes, but it's a fold I hadn't done before and there are dozens of variations on it I will try in the days to come (and oh, dear God, there are a LOT of days still to come).

I needed something simple today, because Tuesday is when I have my silversmithing class. Today, it. did. not. go. well. Let's just say. I HATE firescale. Anyway, I think I used up my allotment of creative energy in class, so this little Ox-Plow was the perfect project. Two folds, one cut and you're done. The hardest part is figuring out what text goes on what part of the page and which ones need to be printed upside-down.

The quotation on the inside is a Chinese Proverb I particularly love.... "Those who say it can't be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it." The back cover says "...Highly Likely."

See you tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. Cute! You could make little books like this to use as greeting cards for friends and family. I bet they would love it!