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, April 4, 2011

Day 66 - A Swirly Hair-On Hide Journal

Today we have another of my hair-on cowhide journals. I love this one because the hide has the prettiest swirl in the hair right on the front of the book. Sort of a cow's cowlick, the hair just swirls into a complete circle, like a whirlwind or whirlpool. So pretty. You can see a close-up in the second photo. Bound with waxed linen thread in a longstitch binding.

The book has six signatures of 14 pages each for a total of 84 leaves (168 pages). It's a nice size with plenty of room for thoughts and notes on each page. The paper is a lovely smooth ivory with a slight tooth and nice weight. The book closes with a leather wrap-around tie with a bone bead on the end.

This is one classy journal. It'll be up for sale at my show in Kingman next weekend.

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