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Arizona woman making one book a day for a year

Posted by Delia Cabe  January 9, 2012 11:15 AM

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In all the talk about Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad for reading, the death of books and disappearance of bookstores, some of us still believe in the inherent beauty of books. Last year, Donna Meyer of Arizona embarked on a 365-day challenge: make a book a day. She is chronicling her progress on her blog.

Meyer creates her books the old-fashioned way. She stitches bindings by hand, chooses paper and unique covers, and produces books that stretch the idea of what we think a book should look like. The results are beautiful works of craftmanship and art. Many are made with leather covers, but others use material that you wouldn't think of as book-ish material, including a Chinese food take-out container, recycled game boards and Mexican tiles. As of January 8, she has made 323 books. Here are some of my favorites:

Day+303-recycled+parcheesi+game+board+book-japanese+stab+binding-herringbone-2.jpg
Day+319-San+Miguel+de+Allende+Accordion+fold+miniature+book-talavera+tiles-2.jpg
Day+321-Gingko+Guest+Book-Journal-stick+binding-1.jpg
Day+322-Chinese+Take-Out+-+Coptic+book+from+food+container-1.jpg
Day+81-star+book-catcher+in+the+rye-1.jpg
Day+90+-+Gibson+Girl+Purse+Notepad.jpg
Day+149+-+TEquila+Box+Book-longstitch+binding+handmad+book-2.jpg
(All photos from her site.)
Check out Meyer's other creations at her blog, 365: Make a Book a Day.

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Delia Cabe's work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Self, Prevention, Scientific American Presents, and other publications. In between posts, you can read Cabe's tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/DeliaCabe, More »

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