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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1ST edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593758
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noah Scalin is a Richmond, Virginia based artist/designer/activist. He is the creator of the Webby award-winning daily art project Skull-A-Day. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally including the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Noah also founded the internationally recognized, socially conscious design and consulting firm Another Limited Rebellion. In addition, Noah often gives talks on the subject of generating creative energy at conferences and universities, and he teaches a course on socially conscious design at Virginia Commonwealth University. His first book, Skulls, was honored by the New York Public Library and as a "Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Teen Readers" by the Young Adult Library Services Association and was featured on The Martha Stewart Show. His latest book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal, from Voyageur Press, is designed to help people reap the benefits of making a yearlong daily project.

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Noah Scalin's book SKULLS is delightful on many levels.
Jo Lord
I missed his blog as he did his project so I am very glad to see his skulls in book form.
Vicki Jurica
Creative interpretations of the subject matter with interesting materials.
Marilyn Guadagno

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By - Kasia S. VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
The first time I have stumbled upon this magnificent little book was during lazy browsing on Amazon, it looked cute so I added it to my wishlist. Few weeks later I was browsing my favorite bookstore and lo and behold, this was near the Halloween section ( my favorite section haha) and of course I had to at least take a look at this but after seeing 4, 5 pages I simply had to have it so home with me it went.

I remember the first time I became fascinated with the actual image of the skull, it was a superficial moment when one of my favorite fashion designers, Chloe, ran a tee shirt with a glittery gold bunny skull with a bow, the shirt was made famous when Sex and The City (love the show) had one of the characters wear it and I went gaga over the image. Ever since I liked the shape, I think most people consider it morbid or scary but in fact I agree with the author of the book, it represents respect for life and the mystery of it all. Every human being has a skull (now whether most people have something inside it is another topic) so why not deem it as something worthy of attention? Art all over the world represents it in fascinating ways and each culture has its own way of admitting its beauty and rendering it immortal, whether for Halloween or any other holiday.

This book is absolutely amazing, the first time I sat down and read it cover to cover I wanted to make my own project, in the end there is a section that lets the reader download or accomplish something from this book and make it themselves. Noah has made one skull a day for a year from some of the most random items in the house and on the street. There is the rice skull arranged with chopsticks, one carved out of an old computer mouse, even toy soldiers arranged to look like a skull.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Janney on September 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a series of examples from the author's blog where he creates a skull a day out of various materials. He's incredibly creative using such items as computer keys, bubble wrap, petroleum jelly, army guys and more to create skulls. I bought the book two days ago and I've already gone through it three times, and it's inspired me to start a daily art project of my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on November 9, 2008
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Whether you are a casual reader or fervent fan of Skulladay.com, this book is a much needed addition to anyone's coffee table. The book's many pictures are beautifully laid out, documenting many of Mr. Scalin's original work from the first half of his year-long project.
Included in this book is Mr. Scalin's thoughtful introduction to the project, as well as "Do It Yourself" skulls that allow the reader to experience Skull-A-Day at home.
What impressed me most about this book was Mr. Scalin's inclusion of projects his readers completed after being inspired by his work. This gesture illustrates Mr. Scalin's reverence for his readers and shows the development of his project into a communal movement in which he was inspired by others as much as he inspired them.
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By LAI on December 25, 2009
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This is a great little book to give or get as the perfect gift for anyone who happens to be crazy for skulls. If they like [...]., they will probably love this book. The pictures are great! The description of the skulls are cool. This book is just as good as the website it was born from. The one bonus is you get to hold it in your hand. It's great for party chatter if you can't run to a computer and upload the site that you've been bragging about. A sure conversation starter even with a socially shy crowd. Leave it on your coffee table and you're sure to walk into an interesting conversation that has nothing to do with the weather. Friend Skull A Day of Facebook and get an actual response from Noah when you're not suddenly seeing skulls everywhere that you go.
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Noah Scalin's book SKULLS is delightful on many levels. First, there's the sheer fun of the project he conceived, to create a skull a day for a year. Then there are the wonderful and unexpected materials he came up with for creating his skulls - everything from organic produce to bed sheets to human hair and toothpaste. Noah's photography of his skulls is great, as are the accompanying insightful and funny descriptions of what went into the making of them. Finally, his opening chapter, in which he ponders the nature of death and how we view it in our society, is interesting and thought provoking. In short, a wonderful, whimsical, creative little gem of a book that I've already shown to a bunch of friends who love it.
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By S. Luddy on November 10, 2008
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I love this delightful creation! I followed the online skull-a-day project and wondered how it would translate into print. The answer is: beautifully. The format is visually and physically satisfying,the image reproduction is rich and of course it's such a brilliant concept to begin with, a skull each day of different materials, from simple to complex constructions, each shows the designer's range of versatility. And as well as an adult appreciation, kids love it: I gave a copy to a 10 year old friend and he was fascinated from the moment he got his mitts on it. The combination of the classic skull theme with creative treatment makes this a wonder for all ages and temperaments.
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Noah Scalin has done what few people in the world can do. He took a simple idea, complicated it a great deal and delivered in a big big way. If you haven't been to his Skulladay site you should head over there right after ordering this book. 366 amazing skulls taking anywhere from minutes to nearly a full day to create and post. This book contains about half of what's on there and it doesn't disappoint. Noah makes art that's fun to look at, and there's something in here for everyone, layperson and critic alike. I only hope that I don't have to wait for next Halloween for Skulls volume two.
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