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.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 86 - Tootsie Pops for Earth Day - A Japanese Stab Binding

Here's a pretty little Japanese stab binding journal. It seemed pretty obvious that I needed to make a recycled book for Earth Day. Conveniently, that coincided with the need to get rid of an empty Tootsie Roll box. Handy how that works out, no?

So that Tootsie Roll box turned into this colorful little hand-bound journal. The pages are a beige recycled paper. The spine edges and the wrap-around front tab are wrapped in bright red duct tape and the stitching is done with red satin ribbon in a herringbone pattern. The narrow wrap-around is secured with a tiny piece of Velcro. The finished book measures approx. 5 " x 5 1/2".

I'm getting quite a collection of these "found-in-the-store" books! At least the materials are cheap.

1 comment:

  1. The food/candy box books will be a lovely section for your book show. Everyone will love them.