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, December 17, 2011

Book 298 - "The Tower - Babel/Babble - Recycled Foreign Language Text Book - Tape Binding

Something different today. "The Tower: Babel/Babble" features recycled pages from books in several languages. The pages are trimmed into shapes to form the look of the Tower of Babel, like the image on the cover of the book.

The pages are tape bound with washi tape. The cover is brown card stock printed with the words Babel and Babble in different sizes and type fonts, with an image of the tower glued on.

I like the idea of this book better than I like the book. The shaped pages don't show as well as I'd hoped, probably from lack of contrast. If I were going to make this book again, I think I would glue each page to some darker paper or card stock, then cut it out leaving a very narrow dark border around each page. That would make the pages pop and show off the tower shape better.

Oh well, live and learn.

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