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, March 16, 2011

Day 46-Gambler Tobacco Book

Here's another "saw it in the store" book. An empty box of Gambler Rolling Tobacco seemed just the perfect size. All I had to do was cut the box open and remove the top and bottom, fold pages into signatures and stitch them in. The spine stitching seemed loose so I turned that problem into a win with some decorative knotting on the spine. I added some chain-weave cord for tying it shut.

And since I wanted to make a point opposite to what the the tobacco box stands for, I added a copy of one of the wonderful cigarette Death Cards to the front--a skeleton and the caption "This Joker was a smoker"--as well as two more full size cards inside the front and back covers. It's a nice fat little book with approx. 175 leaves (350 pages) of white text paper. It feels nice in the hand.

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