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, March 21, 2011

Day 52-Live From the Hungry i

This book is a not-quite-cheat for the challenge, since I actually started it last year. But it's been sitting unfinished in a box for months and today I finished it. In my book, that counts.

In 1959-'60, folk music was just hitting the mainstream. And one of the first folk groups to go mainstream was the Kingston Trio. Their break-out hit album was "Live From the Hungry i," recorded at a folk club in southern California. It was also the first LP my sister and I ever bought.

So I was pleased to come across a copy of this 50+-year-old album in a thrift store. Scooped it up for a whole quarter. Then I took it to the band saw and cut it into a rectangle for a book cover. I made the back out of book board covered with a pretty red & metallic gold marbled paper and lined the inside with part of the album cover with a photo of the guys. The end papers were cut from the tissue-like envelope that held the record.

I made 10 signatures from a nice 60-lb. cream-colored paper and embellished the folded edge of each signature with another piece of the red-gold paper, since it would show at the spine. Finally, I bound it with a coptic stitch in red thread.

I love this book. I'm going to hit the thrift shops for more vintage LPs to make more of these.


  1. Hi! I skipped here from Blue Roof Designs(Elissa Campbell's blog )and the Kingston Trio mention caught my eye. I had the same album! Sadly, long gone so I can't use it to make a book.
    book-a-day is a nice idea. Maybe I'll try once I've completed the current edition of 15!

  2. I love the offset of the LP hole in this, gives it the look of a book hidden under the record. Learned bookbinding because I amassed an ebook collection and couldn't sit at the computer to read them. Keep up the good work!

  3. Hi, I love this! I was just wondering how you made the sewing holes?