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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book 241 - Cased-in Codex Journal/Blank Book w/ Leather Spine

Here's another cased-in codex book, what most people think of when they imagine a proper "book." The fun with these codex journals is in choosing the paper(s) and paying really close attention to the technical details. Not that I get every one of those details right  yet, mind you. In fact, just the other day, I said to my sister, "Just once I'd like to make a book that has absolutely nothing wrong with it." Some day way off in the future, perhaps.

But this is a pretty blank book. The main paper is absolutely gorgeous, a dark green  paper embossed with metallic gold skeleton leaves. The spine is a piece of very soft, supple calfskin leather in a buttery beige color. The pages are 70 lb. felt finish off-white paper. Ten signatures with 120 pages were stitched over linen tapes, glued in the gluing press with mull attached, then trimmed cleanly on the power guillotine. The headbands are dark teal and metallic gold. The end papers don't show well in the photos--they are metallic gold paper.

Really a very pretty, very neat book.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Gosh this is pretty! I love that paper and the buttery leather. Nice! :)