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 25, 2011

Day 29-A Walk on the Vegas Strip (Warning-Mature Content)

WARNING: Mature content
It you've ever walked down the Las Vegas Strip, you know what the pages of this book are. Anywhere on the Strip, pretty much any time of day, these things are thrust into your hand, as many as a dozen times in one block. They are business-card size ads for "escort services" with pictures of pretty, semi-nude women, with phone numbers and, sometimes, their prices.

The city of Las Vegas has tried to get rid of the dozens of guys (and woman) who hand these things out. They made it illegal, and they got taken to court for it. The escort services won when the courts decided it was a First Amendment free speech issue. So apparently they are there to stay.

Last year my guy and I got to wondering how many we could collect in a stroll of an hour or two on the Strip if we just took every one handed to us instead of just walking on by, like we usually do. The total came to nearly a hundred pieces!

Today, they resurfaced from wherever they've been hiding and Allen said, "Hey, you could make a book with these." (See, I've even got him thinking in "book think.") And he was right. I could--and did--make a book with them. And here it is. I simply stacked about 30 of them up, drilled holes along the spine side of the stack, and made wire rings to hold them together. The rings are made of nickel wire and are intentionally rough and rustic looking. I wanted it to look like a wire fence, like barbed wire, like part of a cage, since I do think these women have locked themselves into a cage they may never escape from.

1 comment:

  1. wow! that's a lot of flyers! Glad they came in handy