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 30, 2011

Day 61 - A Hand-Made School Notebook

So there I was, walking through the office supplies section of Wal-Mart and thinking, "What the hell am I going to do for a book today?" I stopped and stared at a few things that didn't set any bells ringing. Then I came to the notebooks section. Most were just plain old spiral notebooks, but then I saw this classic little school notebook, the kind with the black and white cover. As I looked at it more closely, I saw that it was really just a single signature book, machine stitched up the middle, the stitching covered on the outside with a piece of bookcloth.

I had my book for the day.

Of course, I had to make mine prettier, with a lovely pearlescent gold cover stock and some bright red Duck tape over the spine instead of plain old black bookcloth.  I used graph paper for the pages and instead of machine stitching, I hand stitched with a long running stitch down and then back up, knotted at the top.

It makes a pretty little notebook. Because of the thickness of the single signature, this is going to have to go under weights for a day or so to lie flat. I had to tape it shut to photograph it. And when I shot it open, I was shocked at how old my hand looks! Oh well, they serve me well, those hands, and have earned every wrinkle and age spot.


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