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 20, 2011

Day 51 - Ride 'Em Cowboy

So there I was at the end of not-particularly-fine day (which is a polite way of saying a bloody stinking day), thinking "Oh God, I still have to make a book." I told my guy I did not have one single freakin' idea in my head.

So being the ever-helpful soul that he is, he wandered off into our store, came back in about two minutes with a kid's straw cowboy hat, tossed it on the table and said, "A hatband book." I have to say, the man may sometimes try to pretend he's dumb as a box of rocks, but actually he's a genius.

I've always loved the graphics used in the old pulp fiction covers and already had quite a few in my computer. I googled a few more and put them together into an accordion fold book.

And so without further ado... "Ride "Em Cowboy," a pulp western cowboy hatband book. (Wonder what he'll think of tomorrow.)


  1. I am really enjoying your projects! I've been following your blog since Noah posted about your theme. They are so creative. I love handmade books, too. And keep your guy handy - this was a great idea!

  2. Love it, we can all do that. Yesterday afternoon I went to British Tea with a friend to celebrate her birthday, and we wore our *fancy hats.* Now I am thinking what a great idea for images of tea cups and pots and sandwiches and scones, etc. A Tea Party Hat.