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 27, 2011

Book 120 - A Recessed Skewer Binding Dos-a-Dos Journal - Amate Bark

I love the way this hand-made journal feels. It's a dos-a-dos, meaning it is two books that share one side. The cover is made from this gorgeous Mexican amate (or amatl) bark paper, made by the Otomi Indians. Each of the two sides has a single signature of luscious heavy hand-made paper.

In the recessed skewer binding, one bamboo skewer rests in the valley fold of the signature pages. Another skewer is on the outside of the spine. String, thread or ribbon goes from the outside, through a hole in the cover and into the center of the signature, wraps around the inner skewer then comes back out the same hole and ties around the outer skewer, securing the binding. The spiral wrap on the outer skewers of this book is merely decorative. It's not part of the stitching. The texture of this journal is just yummy, both inside and out.

This handbound bok measures approx. 8 1/2" x 6" Each of the two signatures has four sheets making eight pages in each half (16 counting both sides).

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