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 27, 2011

Day 58 - A suede Fat Dos-a-Dos Journal

I like Dos-a-Dos bound books. They help keep thoughts straight by offering two different areas for different kinds of ideas.

The idea with any dos-a-dos book is that it is really two books sharing a common side, like a duplex house. The backs of each book are the same and to switch from one book to the other you simply flip the book over.

It's easier to show than to describe with words, so just see the photos. I used split cowhide suede for the covers, Arches text-wove art paper for the pages and purple mulberry paper for the end papers. The whole book ties together with a thin thong of supple black leather.


  1. Gorgeous! Always wanted to make a dos-a-dos that was ironic, like one side "love notes", the other side "hate mail". or something like that.

  2. Oooh, now you've given me an idea! Great!

  3. You are officially my daughter's new inspiration! She has been designing her own little books for, well, since I can remember. Thanks for this blog - you'll be keeping us busy and occupied!

  4. Ahhh, that's wonderful to know.

  5. I've never seen a dos-a-dos book before - very cool!