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 18, 2011

Day 80 - Spiral Bound, Pamphlet Bound, Envelope Whatever Book

This book is sort of a mutt--a bit of this and a bit of that. I wanted to practice another spiral bound with wire, but that can make for really boring books. So I made the pages of the spiral book out of manila envelopes cut down. These pages then formed pockets. Into each of the six pockets, I tucked a little 2" x 2 1/2" pamphlet bound booklet.

For a cover, I wrapped a piece of sturdy paper around the notebook and glued it onto the last page. I stitched the 6 booklets with 100% cotton embroidery floss and also tied a piece of floss around the book to hold it closed.

Interesting experiment, but this is not a book I'll be selling any time soon. But I learned some things, and that's part of what this challenge is all about.


  1. Oooh, thank you so much for the reminder that this is supposed to be about the journey, the process, NOT always about the product. I need to click my ruby slippers together and repeat that three times every morning.

  2. Yeah, that's a hard one to remember sometimes, Rachel.I know for me I've always had the thought "Can I sell this?" even when I was just starting something. So it's good for me to concentrate on process sometimes.