Last year I gave myself a year long project with my 365 book challenge. I really enjoyed the experience of having a craft related goal for the year. The challenge provided me with motivation, consistency, and accountability throughout the year. As my 365 book challenge came to a close last year, I started thinking about what project I could do in 2014. The only thing I knew for sure is that I wanted to spend more time creating art books this year.
My first thought was 52 art books in 52 weeks... And then I realized that would be insane! So then I considered cutting it down to 2 a month, 24 art books total. One art book every other week seemed possible... until I remembered I would also need time to make blank journals for craft shows. Finally, I decided on 14 Art Books in 2014. Last year I finished 3 art books over the course of the year, so I think 14 art books is a goal that will push me to continue creating, without being completely unattainable.
Many of you readers might be wondering "What is an art book?" To put it simply: Artists' books or art books are works of art realized in the form of a book. (Quoted from the Wikipedia page about Artist Books.) These are the rules I am following for my 14 in 2014 project:
1. To be considered an art book, it must have content instead of being blank. This could be words, pictures, collage, pattern, dyed paper, image transfer, and any range of other media. No blank white pages allowed.
2. All 14 art books must be completed in 2014. No half finished pieces allowed.
3. All books must be photographed and blogged about. The final blog posts may be completed up to 2 weeks after the end of 2014.
4. Photos will be shown in a folder on my Flickr page.