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 23, 2011

Day 28 - Owning It! - A Fold book

Here's another simple fold book--no glue, no stitching. Just a folded sheet of paper. I like these because they are clever. They are so simple that the challenge is more about the content than the book structure.

For this book, I chose a favorite quotation by Oprah Winfrey. I searched out images to match the various lines of the quote, designed the page in a desktop publishing program and printed it out on cream-colored lightweight card stock. The structure is only really three folds and one cut. It's easier to show you in photos than to explain it in words.

Credit for this structure and several others I'll be using goes to Alisa Golden, author of "Making Handmade Books: 100 bindings, Structures and Forms." This is becoming my new bible.

1 comment:

  1. I love this - all of your posts are truly inspirational. I can't wait to keep reading all of your blog posts this year!