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.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Boo 107 - Cervezas Modelo Mexican Kitsch Concertina Book

I've always loved the look of Mexican "kitsch." It comes from old retro advertising, movie posters, kitchen oil cloth. You see it a lot here, and used in some whimsical and charming ways.

This image is from a 1950s ad for Cervezas Modela - "Modelo Beers." The ad is very similar in feel to some of the '50s Coca-Cola ads, but with sombrero and serape. I found it on a greeting card.

The card stock was a bit thin for covers, so I glued it to another piece of card stock for extra body. The concertina (accordion) pages are pink bond paper, cut to shape and glued to length. They page block is then glued to the covers.

A simple book, but I think it's fun.


  1. Oh, what fun. another little section in the show.

  2. Yep, I think this could become a whole section. I have only just begun with the Mexican kitsch!