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Artists Who Commit to 365

I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a 365-day project for a while now. You know, the kind where you say you’ll make a painting, book or photograph every day as part of your journey as an artist. I’m still working out my details, but in the process of considering this as an artistic challenge, I came across a lot of interesting art making.

I’ve already told you about 365:Make a Book a Day by Donna Meyer. Her blog chronicles her daily book making; her use of recycled materials is interesting and inspiring. Donna says on her blog site, “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.”

[One of 365 Jars by Kirsty Hall]

One of my friends in the Bay Area Book Artists, Pati Bristow, recently sent me a link to 365 Jars, an ambitious and interesting year-long project where Kirsty Hall makes and then places a piece of art, safely sealed in a jar, out in the world for someone to find. Her work has created some interesting side-journeys, including having people who make it a family event to search for her jars, people who re-release her jars out into other areas of the world and people who sponsor jars in various ways.

Here are some other artists who are using the concept of 365 that may interest you:

365 do-overs

New Dress a Day

Collage a Day

Sun a Day

365 Illustrations with Type

Marika Makes A Bird a Day


365 Haiku

And for a terrific list of 365 projects in every possible format, check out the blog that chronicles 365 projects:  365 Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!

Interested in the idea of a 365 project, but not sure how to structure it?  365 Project.org  “… is a photography project where you document a year of your life by taking a daily photo.” They provide a variety of tools to support your journey.

How about you? Have you done a 365 project? A 52-week project? A month-long project? What did it do for you as an artist? Did you stick with it? Feel free to post links to your project in the comments section.



Book Arts Resources – Two of my Favorite Blogs

I always enjoy discovering new book arts resources. Two of my recent favorites are blogs by Alisa Golden and Donna Meyer.

Alisa Golden, author of Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, writes a blog called Making Handmade Books. From the blog header, “Exploring the Crossroads of Art, Craft, and Creative Writing,” Alisa Golden covers such recent themes as “Writing an Artist Statement” and “Materials and Hidden Meaning.”

[Alisa Golden – First Class, 2007]

Donna Meyer, in her blog, 365: Make a Book a Day, posts photos and comments on the daily book she’s made. From her blog header, “This is a Daily Journal of a Challenge: to make a book a day for a year, to stretch my imagination, creativity, skills and discipline.” Donna uses a lot of recycled materials in her books, often to inform the book form and/or binding. 

[Donna Meyer – Book 92 – Snickers Bar Coptic Bound Journal, April 30, 2011]