Playing With Books

The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book

Thompson, Jason

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Playing With Books
In these pages, Jason Thompson has curated an extensive and artistic range of both achievable upcycled crafts made from books and book pages and an amazing gallery that contains thought-provoking and beautiful works that transform books into art. The content encompasses a wide range of techniques and step-by-step projects that deconstruct and rebuild books and their parts into unique, upcycled objects. The book combines in equal measure bookbinding, woodworking, paper crafting, origami, and textile and decorative arts techniques, along with a healthy dose of experimentation and fun.The beautiful high-end presentation and stunning photography make this book a delightful, must-have volume for any book-loving artist or art-loving book collector.

Publisher: Beverly, Mass. : Quarry Books, 2010
ISBN: 159253600X
Branch Call Number: 686.3 T4733p 2010
Characteristics: 152 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm


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Jun 18, 2012

Some interesting projects. Unfortunately nothing new that isn't already available on the web. Somewhat disappointing for a more experienced book crafter but a good book for a beginner.

Apr 13, 2011
  • floy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Is it sacrilegious for a bibliophile to tear the pages out of a book? Not if you’re using the pages to make something else, something that almost feels like you’re worshipping the book, not destroying it.

Take an extra copy of your favorite novel and make jewelry. Take a book of Christmas poems or stories and use the pages for unique tree ornaments or a paper wreath. Make a statement by turning a provocative nonfiction book into a pocketbook or a clock. Weave the words of your favorite poem or a wedding invitation into a basket.

The creative ideas are abundant in this book and the instructions and projects are mostly easy. I am enthralled with these things I’ve made with some of my favorite sentences. They're quite beautiful.

Mar 22, 2011
  • jellobird1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Projects range in difficulty from very simple to completely open ended.


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Mar 22, 2011
  • jellobird1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

jellobird1 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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Mar 22, 2011
  • jellobird1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Some of the projects in this book are really challenging and require a lot of detail work (paper cutting) and some are very simple and quick to whip up (envelopes). There is a decent selection of examples of artist's work as examples of what is possible with the craft so you don't feel limited to the projects with instructions themselves.


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