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.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 16-Duffer's Guide

This book is an "almost cheat." I've made this book before, many times, and some of the elements of this one were already made. But since I actually put it together today, I'm calling it qualified.

This is actually my sister's design. Davey board bookboard is covered with a mustard yellow heavy decorative paper in a traditional, though very thin, book form. Inside, a single sheet of paper with computer generated text is printed with funny quotations about golf. The page is then accordion folded and glued into the book covers.

Some of the quotations are: "Golf is played by 20 million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun." ~Jim Bishop

"Golf is just a lot of walking broken by disappointment and bad arithmetic." ~Earl Wilson

"In retirement I go for a short swim at least once or twice every day. It's either that or buy a new golf ball." ~Gene Perret

Nice little book and very salable. I'll make a lot more of these.

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