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, August 8, 2011

Book 187 - A Pretty Asian Album/Sketchbook/Scrapbook-Japanese Stab Binding

With this pretty Japanese stab-bound album, finally, I'm back to posting! And how good it feels. It sucks when you have to take a medication to counteract the side-effects of another medication. I'm about to start weaning myself off both of them. But I do feel better, thank goodness. And thanks for all your kindnesses while I was recuperating.

I'll be posting several books today, some of the ones I've been making since my last post. I will post more of them tomorrow. That should catch me up.

This is a really pretty, large sketchbook/album with a Japanese stab binding. The covers are made of davey board covered with decorative bamboo-pattern paper on the front and green mulberry paper on the back. The spine is covered in a beautiful green/gold chambray bookcloth. There is a thin strip of bamboo under the tortoise-shell stitch binding, which is done with olive green ribbon. The front is embellished with a piece of Japanese text (poetry, I think) on a torn piece of dark green unryu paper. The pages are 8 1/2"x11" peach colored text paper with a velvet finish.

Really a lovely book, if I say it who shouldn't.


  1. Glad you are feeling some better. This is a very pretty book, and so pleasing to look at.

  2. So glad you are feeling better--and, yes, it is a really lovely book! ;)

  3. Enjoyed looking at your latest posts - I have been missing your lovely books. So glad you are 'on the mend'.