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 11, 2011

Day 73 - A "2-Sewn-as-1" Booklet

Today's book is really very easy and makes a neat little booklet with two clear halves. It's basically a two signature pamphlet stitch book. The cover is made from heavy paper with an "M" shaped accordion fold in the center that nests between the two halves of the book and it's all sewn together at the same time.

After folding and nesting the pages for the two signatures, you mark the positions for the holes in them and in the cover. You then nest one signature in each fold of the "M" in the cover, open everything up flat, lining up the stitching holes and hold it all together with a couple of binder clips. Then you stitch through all the layers. Fold it up and you're done. The structure is seen most clearly in the last photo. This book really does need to go under weights for awhile to lie completely flat.

Once again, I've taken this structure directly from Alisa Golden's "Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures and Forms." I can't recommend this book enough if you want to learn a bunch of new book structures.

This structure would be fun to use for a book with two distinct parts, two opposing points of view, two opposite ideas. You could even put the second half in upside down so that the book could be turned over and read from opposite sides. A pretty cool little book.

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