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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book 110 - A Flower-Fold Book

Ugh! I am so frustrated. My laptop is acting up again. It keeps dropping the internet connection. And yes, I know it is me, not the Mexican internet connection. This Toshiba has been pretty much a piece of crap since the day I bought it, and I have had problems with the modem everywhere I've taken it. But the last couple of days, it's gotten way worse. Instead of cutting out two or three times in an evening, it's now happening every few minutes. I have to disconnect, reconnect and start over with whatever I was doing. It's driving me nuts.

The other frustration is that I don't have access to a printer here. And I find the more books I make, the more I want to play around with content as well as structure. But here I'm limited to drawing or writing something by hand or making a collage with cut-out pictures. I can't even print out a photo.

OK, rant over. Here is today's book, a pretty little flower-fold book. It uses an origami fold for each page, then the pages are glued together. For the cover, I covered a couple of small pieces of mat board with hand-made paper, then added the title piece for the front. (When I get back to my printer, I may redo this part.) I poked two holes in one corner and tied it together with a doubled length of waxed linen thread.

Although it looks complicated, it's really a pretty easy structure. The last photo shows how simple the flower fold is.



  1. I am so inspired by your work! I can't wait to start making my own books!

  2. Thanks for the nice comment. Once you get started, you won't be able to stop!