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, May 23, 2011

Book 116 - Lucha Libre Screw Post Fan Book

This was another one of those "I want a die cutter!" books. I had to cut all the pages by hand with scissors--to the point that my scissors actually fell apart in my hand in protest!

Lucha Libre is HUGE here in Mexico. It's basically wrestling with masks on. The best known wrestlers are huge stars. I picked up these two lucha libre mask stickers in a little gift shop a few days ago. Then I, surprisingly, found some aluminum screw posts in Office Depot. Ahh, a match made in heaven.

This style is called a fan book becuase it opens up like one. The pages are all held together by the screw post and are loose enough to fan out... like a bunch of paint chip samples. There are about 100 or so pages, cut from several different papers, mostly scrap from other projects of the last couple of weeks.

The only real problem in making this book (besides the lack of a die-cutter to cut out all those pages) was the fact that I don't have a hole punch with me. I had to use my handy little hand-held drill bit to start the holes, then enlarge them with an awl, leaving some ragged looking holes that tended to ripple when I pushed them down over the post. Next time I do this, I'll have a hole punch.


1 comment:

  1. Oh, those guys are so cute. And yes, what does not kill us (or the computer) makes us stronger and more serene. Buena ventura.