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The Repurposed Library

33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life
Occhipinti, Lisa (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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We all love to read and learn from books, but The Repurposed Library takes our passion even further, presenting us with 33 projects to make--quite literally--out of books. For these projects, Lisa Occhipinti rescues and repurposes orphaned and outdated books from flea markets and library sales and turns them into new art objects and practical items for the home. Her creations range from artfully constructed mobiles, wreaths, and vases, to functional items like shelves, storage boxes, and even a Kindle "keeper" for those who want to replicate the sensation of holding a "real" book while reading from an e-reader. Projects utilize every imaginable part of a book--from hardback cover to individual pages--and are a DIY celebration of a new way to view a book's potential. Praise for The Repurposed Library : "In an age when the bound book is an endangered species, [Occhipinti's] artwork is nicely topical. She now has a book of her own, The Repurposed Library , out this week from Stewart, Tabori & Chang. In it, she offers readers a how-to guide to making household objects from, well, books, like a mirror, a lamp and a fire screen, as well as the winsome mobile shown on the cover." - The New York Times "Book hoarders rejoice: all those random children's books, encyclopedias, and unread paperbacks are about to find their purpose . . . Furnished with cheery photographs and numerous hand-drawn diagrams, this endearing book will appeal to veteran crafters and literati alike." - BUST magazine "The book is really well-made, fittingly. The photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy is wonderful and really shows off the projects--and everything in the background is as tastefully arranged as a Crate & Barrel catalog. . . . if you love books as objects, The Repurposed Library is a fun collection of project ideas." --Wired.com "We love how everyday objects like a colorful collection of vintage books can double as décor. . . . Th[e] cute wall-hung book ledge is easy to make and provides a perfect perch for treasured keepsakes. -- Natural Home & Garden
Authors: Occhipinti, Lisa
Title: The repurposed library
33 craft projects that give old books new life
Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011
Characteristics: 144 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lisa Occhipinti ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Notes: "STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book"--T.p
Additional Contributors: Gowdy, Thayer Allyson
ISBN: 9781584799092
1584799099
Branch Call Number: 745.5 O153r 2011
Subject Headings: Altered books Handicraft House furnishings
Topical Term: Altered books
Handicraft
House furnishings
LCCN: 2010020797
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Sep 10, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A few great ideas and lots of ideas for dust collectors.

Jun 19, 2012
  • kcerise rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Some fun ideas, but many variations on the same theme. Repetitive.

Jan 09, 2012
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I cannot imagine being so bored that I would choose to "repurpose" tattered old books into something else besides "firewood". Many of these projects are so flimsy that when they get dusty--and they will--you will destroy them trying to clean them. If you have tattered old books to get rid of, give me a call. We heat with wood.

Aug 11, 2011
  • Jen_nifer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Honor old books by giving them new life.

In the Repurposed Library, readers learn how to rescue and repurpose orphaned and outdated books and turn them into new art objects and practical items for the home.

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