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, February 12, 2011

Day 17-Another Hair-on Hide Journal

Today's book is a repeat. And you're likely to get quite a few more of these little hair-on hide journals before the year is done. Well, I didn't say I would make something totally original and creative every day, did I? I just said I would make a book a day. And I love making this kind of book. I can make them all day long. I like the feel of the hair leather, the richness of the paper. I even like stitching them.

So, without further ado, here is a lovely little blond hair-on cowhide covered journal. The grain of the hair on the leather makes a pretty and soft swirl pattern on the cover. The pages are made of a rich creamy, almost buttery colored art paper, hand-torn for character. The journal is stitched with pale yellow linen thread using the longstitch, sewn directly through the leather spine. The book opens flat for easy journalling.

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