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Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books
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Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books

by Lisa Occhipinti
 

In this digital age, the fate of physical books remains in question. Even the concept of curling up with a good book conjures new images. But there remains a sensory thrill to physical books—to seeing and feeling them, to turning their pages—that makes many of us value them even more as digital reading grows in popularity. In Novel Living, artist

Overview

In this digital age, the fate of physical books remains in question. Even the concept of curling up with a good book conjures new images. But there remains a sensory thrill to physical books—to seeing and feeling them, to turning their pages—that makes many of us value them even more as digital reading grows in popularity. In Novel Living, artist Lisa Occhipinti celebrates her love for physical books by presenting us with her unique ideas for collecting and displaying them, for conserving and preserving them, and for crafting with them. Guided by Occhipinti’s artful eye, you’ll be inspired to build and display collections based on your personal passions and to use books for crafting, either by deconstructing or by copying favorite elements. Amazingly, most of the projects—ranging from easy shelving to a headboard constructed of book spines to napkins composed of scans of favorite text passages from books—require no special skills or supplies.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/05/2015
In a world starved for space with 10-by-10 Tokyo apartments and 282-square-foot tiny houses, why would anyone attempt to find more cubbyholes and corners for physical books -- those things with paper and spines that get dusty and take up precious space? Occhipinti (The Repurposed Library), an artist, responds that books provide "an intimacy that is grounding, and a counterpoint to the swipe of a screen." She provides the means to preserve that connection to the bibliophilic past, with instructions for replacing worn covers and gifting books after preserving and conserving. Suggestions are offered on sourcing and budgeting for a home library. Her ideas for crafting with old volumes are more hit and miss. Books hung on twine or slung on a rod look more huh? than handsome. Covers and pages photocopied onto fabric is more promising: A moveable feast table runner, anyone? Projects are suitable for all skill levels, with detailed directions. (Nov.)
Flea Market Décor
“Forget a run-of-the-mill bookshelf from a big-box store and create your own fabulous shelf to display flea finds using a handy-dandy ladder . . . from the new book Novel Living.”
Flea Market Décor

“Forget a run-of-the-mill bookshelf from a big-box store and create your own fabulous shelf to display flea finds using a handy-dandy ladder . . . from the new book Novel Living.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617690877
Publisher:
STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Publication date:
11/11/2014
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
899,367
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Occhipinti is an artist and teacher and the author of The Repurposed Library. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Associated Press, and Wired, and on Apartment Therapy. She sells her work on Etsy under the name Shophouse.
 

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