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 25, 2011

Day 87-"Bailamos" - A Venetian Blind Book

This Venetian Blind book came up unexpectedly. At about 10 pm, I still had no idea what book I was going to do tonight. My brain was like a piece of dry toast. Bleh!

So I pulled out my trusty  Alisa Golden--"Making Handmade Books: 100 Bindings, Structures & Forms," and looked for something quick and not too demanding. Found it, then proceeded to make it more complicated than it needed to be. Why do I always do that? The Venetian Blind structure is dead simple. But I wanted something in it. Turns out the math of trying to get the photo to fit right was disgusting.

I always assumed most bookmakers, unless making a blank journal, begin with the content then design a structure to fit it. I seem to go the other way. Perhaps it's because so many structures are new to me in this challenge and that's where my focus is. Once I'd decided on the Venetian Blind book, I spent ages trying to come up with an idea for the content. But once I hit on the idea of a photo and decided to scroll through some of the pictures I've taken in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, this was the first picture that jumped out. I knew it was the one.

I printed the photo to the size I wanted and sliced it into six pieces. I folded a piece of 9x12 card stock into an 8-fold accordion, pasted the slices onto the "pages," punched holes in the two ends, and threaded through a length of hemp cord. Tied it off at the ends so it won't come out, then closed the book and tied it shut.


  1. I like the way you described how you found the content for your book. I've always found the venetian blind structure to be interesting but not practical.

  2. I hope you don't mind, but this inspired me to make my own version - just what I needed to use one of my photos.

  3. I've often used this idea for class, mainly for key facts/reports. I like the picture idea though