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.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 5, January 28th - A Leather Journal

This is a more sophisticated book, but I have to admit I didn't completely make this book today. I actually began it months ago, while spending time in my sister's studio in Oregon. But I never finished it. So today, I picked it up again and stitched the binding. So... I finished it today and that means it counts.

This is a blank journal. The cover is a lovely cordovan colored leather, medium weight, very smooth and polished. The binding is done in the longstitch, using waxed linen thread to stitch the pages directly to the leather spine. I've added three foiled glass beads  as an accent on the stitching and added a tassel at the top. The pages are hand-torn from Arches Text Wove paper, a lovely velvet finish art paper. The end papers are a crinkled two-tone hand-made paper, purple on the outside and green on the inside. The book measures 5 1/4" x 7" x 1".

I like this book. It feels good in the hand. It would be a pleasure to write in.

1 comment:

  1. I love the beads and the tassel on this. Oh! And the color. Beautiful!