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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book 92 - Snickers Bar Coptic Bound Journal

Anybody hungry? Because here's a giant Snickers Bar for you, disguised as a coptic bound journal. Yep, another recycled bit of packaging from the store. It used to be the side of a  cardboard box holding 48 of these delicious little tasties. (They are our best selling candy bar.)

To make the coptic journal, I cut the sides off the box, with the label on the front of the journal and the nutrition information on the back. (Maybe that's really just a way to keep me on my diet.) I like the shape of  this book, very tall and narrow--it's over 10" tall but only 3" wide. It has seven signatures of alternating peach and beige paper (for the peanuts and nougat, of course).

One problem with this book is the answer to the question of why I don't often use corrugated cardboard for books (besides the non-archival quality). Just as I was finishing the stitching, the cover bent in a couple of places. Once you get that sort of bend/crease in cardboard, it's there to stay. They will never go away, but this book will benefit somewhat from being under weights for a day or so.

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