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 2, 2011

Book 94 - Glossy Green Ledger Binding

This little hand-made book has what's called a ledger binding. It was commonly used by the Japanese to keep accounts and was made to hang on a peg on the wall. It's a variation on the Japanese stab binding.

Today's book actually started with a small pile of cream paper scrap, cut-offs from some previous book. I looked at the pile and asked myself, "What can I make with that?" Well, OK, let's be honest. I actually asked, "What can I make with it that will be quick and easy?" I'm feeling particularly uninspired tonight. Also, what with all the big news tonight, watching the reports, watching the president's speech, discussing it with friends, it got to be midnight and I still had no book. But I will NOT go to bed without making a book. And so I truly did need something fast.

The cover paper for this doesn't really photograph to advantage. It is a beautiful slick, glossy dark green paper with a lovely fern pattern.The pile of scrap paper was simply stacked, then punched with holes, the cover paper wrapped around it and punched and the ribbon threaded through and tied. Easy-peasy (Oh God, did I really just write that?)

Anyway, enjoy this little hand-made book with ledger binding.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent even if it was at the last minute. I am glad you included the photo with your hand, it originally appeared much larger. A very nice size.