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.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book 343 - "A Wedding Prayer" - a Single Sheet Folded Book

This little folded book is a simple thing but I like this design a lot. The actual book is so simple you could make it in a class with young children. But it can made quite sophisticated too.

I've had this "Indian Wedding Prayer" rattling around in a saved file on my computer for awhile. I wanted to use it in something because it is so lovely, but it wasn't until this book that the proper use hit me.

The book is made from a single 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of heavy paper. I laid the text and image out in a desktop publishing program and printed it. Then it's just a matter of folding it very carefully so all the folds line up properly when the booklet is closed. These folded books frequently tend not to stay closed, so I incorporated the ribbon through the last page and wrapped it around to the front to tie in a bow.

A sweet little thing.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love this! The book, the ribbon, the pottery, the wedding prayer--all of it! :)