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Novel Living : Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books
by Lisa Occhipinti and Thayer Allyson Gowdy


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.  Read more...

 
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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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781617690877
  • ISBN-10: 1617690872
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 144
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds


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Books > Crafts & Hobbies > Papercrafts
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

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.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Lifestyles: A fruitful effort

If you have any yard at all, you’ve encountered those unexpected moments of opportunity when a space clears and you can start planning for new growth. Maybe a tree had to be cut down. Or maybe you cleared out a swath of invasive privet. Whatever the reason, there it stands before you: a piece of earth crying out for something new to take root. Why not Grow a Little Fruit Tree? Ann Ralph lays out all the “Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees” for those with limited space and, perhaps more importantly, limited time. She draws on years of experience to present an encyclopedic array of options for maximizing your little area’s big potential. With techniques for pruning and optimizing growth, Ralph’s trees stay short enough to harvest without a ladder, require little maintenance yet yield exquisite fruit. Get ready to easily enjoy your own bounty of citrus, apples, peaches, pears, persimmons and more.

CREATIVE LICENSE
“Small” seems to be a good mantra for the cold, inward month of January. Artist Carol Marine wisely proposes that art can be made in tiny increments and become a daily practice, much akin to ritual or prayer. Her new guide, Daily Painting, will open up a plot of fertile ground in your artistic imagination. Marine begins with a sincere personal testimony on “How Daily Painting Changed My Life (and Can Change Yours Too!),” and encourages readers to put aside their fears and creative inhibition in order to establish a daily devotion to painting. The intensity of Marine’s self-expression is matched by the practicality of her instruction. Previous experience is unnecessary: Her book gives you all the tools you’ll need to become a daily painter, with well-organized and encouraging advice divided into chapters on: “Materials,” “Subject Matters,” “Color Mixing,” “Values,” “Drawing and Proportion,” “Composition” and more. Marine also offers suggestions on how to photograph and sell your work online. You might paint small, but you can still dream big. 

TOP PICK IN LIFESTYLES
A guide to decorating your home using books as the centerpiece of your interior design—what else would this BookPage columnist choose as her Top Pick? In Novel Living, Lisa Occhipinti makes a moving case for embracing print books—now more than ever—as “a counterpoint to the swipe of a screen.” But Occhipinti incorporates the written word in surprising facets of her life, and she gives us a cartload of wisdom on using books for decor and crafting along with practical lessons on the art of book collecting. Occhipinti goes on to provide a gloriously old-school education in how to build a library in your home, with diverse storage strategies and tips on putting together your own card catalog. Her most fun, and slightly paradoxical, tips involve preserving your precious volumes and demolishing others to use in a host of lit-nerd crafting projects—including a ladder shelf, a lighted book box, a bed headboard constructed with tessellated book spines and linens printed with your favorite text passages.

 

This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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