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The Repurposed Library

33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life

Lisa Occhipinti



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Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
01 May 2011
Art & Architecture; Book & paper crafts
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 For these projects, Lisa Occhipinti rescues and repurposes orphaned and outdated books from flea markets and library sales and turns them into new art objects and practical items for the home.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. We love how everyday objects like a colorful collection of vintage books can double as decor. . . . Th[e] cute wall-hung book ledge is easy to make and provides a perfect perch for treasured keepsakes. --Natural Home & Garden
By:   Lisa Occhipinti
Imprint:   Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 252mm,  Width: 191mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   700g
ISBN:   9781584799092
ISBN 10:   1584799099
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   01 May 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lisa Occhipinti is a designer and exhibiting artist and a former faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Currier Museum Art Center. Her artistic works using books as a medium have been written up by the Boston Globe and showcased in an Anthropologie window display. She and her work have also been featured on Apartment Therapy and on myriad other blogs and in Publisher's Weekly. She sells her mobiles and sculptures made from books on Etsy under the name Shophouse. Visit her website at

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