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.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Book 156 - A Recycled Package Journal - Coptic Binding Hand Made Book

I think these recycled package books are becoming my signature. I will admit they are what I tend to fall back on when I don't have any clever idea and I want to do something relatively easy.

This one is from a box of "New York Deli Style" Philly-Cheese sandwiches ready to nuke and eat. I do like the graphic. I cut the covers from the box, then lined them for strength with a really pretty pearlescent finish card stock in goldenrod. The text block is ten signatures of six sheets (12 pages) each. The binding is an exposed spine coptic binding sewn with golden yellow waxed hemp thread.

The book measures 2 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 3/4" thick. It's actually a really handy size and with enough pages to be useful.


  1. These recycled packing books are really cute! Not a bad signature concept. ;)

  2. Indeed, always a treat. WOW, I just realized what has influenced me. I have spent much of the past 24 hours making a 24 hour zine for International Zine Month. http://24hourzines.com/ My zine is called FOOD ISSUE and all the pages were originally McDonalds bags and most of the text and photos is from food packaging. Now where, subconsciously, do you think I got THAT idea. Thank you so very much Donna.

  3. Happy to be of service, ma'am. :)

  4. Way to showcase a great artistic logo. These logo recycled book concepts are amazing!