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, March 12, 2011

Day 44-Chinese News Brush Book

This is kind of a silly little book, but I wanted to learn how to do it. It's called a brush book, because it looks and feels a lot like a paint brush. To learn this structure, I used a couple of sheets of Chinese newspaper I've had sititng around for a few years. I love the graphic quality of it.

In a brush book, basically strips of paper folded in half are held together by two other folded pieces of paper that provide the sort of hinge. I can see stretching this structure to accomplish new things.

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