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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Book 272- "Little Black" - Recycled Children's Book Journal

I recently came up with a huge pile of "pre-loved" kids' books that provided a lot of material for recycled book journals. Here's a 1960s vintage book, "Little Black Goes to the Circus," by the writer of "Black Beauty."

Many of you already know the process, but in brief:
I sliced the book down the center of the spine and removed the somewhat tattered book block. I folded the cut edges over of the front and back covers and taped them down with red duct tape. The end papers of bright red-and-white striped paper was in good shape so I was able to keep it. The pages are white text-weight paper. I stitched the signatures with a single-needle coptic stitch with gray linen thread. I tipped in one of the charming vintage illustrations on the first page of the blank book/journal.

And so it was done.

1 comment:

  1. Can't get over all the neat old children's books you managed to find to make these. Nice! :)