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.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 36-Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books. And I'm not alone, in loving it and all of Austen's work. There's even a name for us; we're called "Janites." So today's book is a little treat for Janites everywhere.

The covers show two Regency England figures, a woman on the front and a man on the back. To me, they are Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. The front says "Prejudice" because Eliza was prejudiced against Mr. Darcy before she truly knew his heart. The back says "Pride" since Darcy almost let his pride get in the way of marrying the woman he loved.

The covers of doubled cardstock were printed on the computer and cut by hand and the pages punched with a tag-shaped paper punch. There are approximately 40 white pages interspersed with about 20 pages punched from the pages of a copy of Pride and Prejudice. The pages are then hole punched at the top and connected with a binders' screw or chicago screw--a tube that fits through the holes and screws down onto a smaller tube. I added a cotton floss loop and a hand-made tassel at the top.

Part of the fun of this little book for true Janites is to try and figure out what part of the story the pages were cut from and/or which character is speaking a visible snippet of dialoge.

I plan to make more copies of this and perhaps sell it on etsy.

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