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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Book 141 - Hair=on Hide Blank Journal - BRindle Cowhide

Backsliding again. It just felt like there was not a creative bone in my body tonight. I'm tired and not up to thinking up great stuff. So I'm falling back onto my old faithful hairy leather journal. Something I can do pretty much without thinking, few surprises. At this point they almost always come out fine.

This hand-made journal is cut from a nice brindle cowhide. The book measures about 5" x 9" x 1" at the spine. It's another longstitch binding blank journal with honey-colored pages and stitched with mahogany linen thread. The end papers are a pretty green decorative paper. The spine is decorated with two square beads of black bone. The book closes with a leather thong. Nothing wondrous or earth-shaking or terribly original, but a nice utilitarian leather journal.

(I'll try harder tomorrow.)


  1. These look so nice, but I don't think I would ever want to actually touch one. The idea of it having the hair or fur on it...just gives me the shudders. But all of the ones I have seen you make are nice to LOOK at--hehe! ;)

  2. I understand what you mean, Rita, but you sort of get used to it. I now actually like to stroke it.

  3. I think I'll stick to stroking my cat--ROFL!! Funny how leather without hair doesn't bother me at all. Hypocritical? Yup. ;)

    They are quite unique, though, because they still have the fur on them. I don't think I've ever seen that before. I have no worries that other people would absolutely love them. ;)

  4. One person's *plain old ordinary* is another person's *wow, I could possibly do that, but it would take a lot of learning.* Like Rita, I am not sure I would want a hairy journal, but they are beautifully done.