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 9, 2011

Day 71 - An Accordion Fold Book of Quotes

Well, I didn't make A book today; I made 15. I've mentioned that I have a show this weekend and I've learned it's important to have at least one low-priced option for people who want to buy but don't want to spend much. This is that option.

You've seen this book structure here before. It's a simple single-sheet accordion fold glued into a traditionally constructed hard cover, made as you would for a codex binding. I cut Davey board covers and a very narrow piece for the spine (less than 1/4") and covered then with decorative paper. I glued a lining paper into the inside. The quotations on various subjects were printed out on a nice 70 lb felt finish ivory paper, accordion folded and glued inside the cover.

I have these with quotes on many subjects and from many people, including Oscar Wilde, Ghandi, Woody Allen, Dorothy Parker, and on Age, Love, Fishing, Peace, Marriage, Sisters and Cats. The photos of the "Peace" quotes book is representative of what they all  look like. Today I added several with Mother quotes, since Mothers' Day is coming up. I'm hoping they will sell well.

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