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.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 14-Bette Midler Accordion Book

I'm playing catch-up. While I was in Quartzsite, I had no internet access and when I got home last night I was exhausted. So over the next couple of  days, I'll be doubling up to stay on track.

Today's book is a small accordion book with one of my favorite quotations ever... truly wise words to live by. It's by Bette Midler and encapsulates her own uniqueness and creative spirit: "Stay true to the thing that makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes."

The book measures 2 3/4" square. The board covers are covered with decorative paper. The text was computer generated. It was printed on beige text paper, then cut into strips, glued into one long strip and folded in an accordion fold. The text was then glued to the boards with a pair of ribbons caught beneath for tying the book shut.

Accordion books are always fun to make, not too hard and, I think, fun to read.

See you tomorrow.

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