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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Day 31 - Cross Structure Binding

This is a brand-new binding for me and I like it a lot. This is not really the best example of it for a couple of reasons. Since it's the first time I've done this binding, it's not as neat as I'd like. But I did learn some things from it and the next one will be better. Also, the paper I used doesn't really show the structure to advantage.

Although the photos make this look like it's linen, it's actually a heavy linen-textured paper. The actual stitching is similar to a longstitch binding, like I use on my leather journals, in that the signatures are stitched right to the cover - or actually over the cover tabs. The tabs then wrap around and are glued down onto the covers. The next time, I will try slitting the covers and weaving the tabs through to the inside.

I'll do this book again soon. I want to cement this new binding in my brain--and get it right the next time.

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