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Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used, upcycled, and already existing materials. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to unArtists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used, upcycled, and already existing materials. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to unique and important large-scale works of art, including paper art, fashion, jewelry, housewares, interiors, and installations....

Title : 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew
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ISBN : 9781592535408
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew Reviews

  • Sarra
    2019-03-11 09:39

    Minus one star for the poor and confusing set-up of the book - instead of including information (materials used, methods, et cetera) about each project with the photo, said information is confined to a tiny index at the back of the book, making reading up on the projects way more trouble than it's worth. I'm also perplexed as to what guidelines were in place for the "reuse, remake, restyle, recycle, renew" aspect - many pieces were obviously created from brand-new materials purchased explicitly for these pieces.Minus one star for reinforcing arbitrary binary gender roles by titling one chapter "Man Crafts" (only men are interested in glasses made from beer bottles and modded bicycles?) and combining it with "Geek Crafts" (thus reinforcing the societal stereotype that only men are geeks).

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-21 09:42

    This was about a 3.5 rating. There are some very clever and amazing crafty things pictured in the book. but I was stymied by some book layout issues. The premise of this "all photos" book is to present items "remade" from something used for another purpose previously, in some manner remade, restyled, recycled or renewed. The book meets the need of the newish "upcycling" movement.The number "1000" in the book's title is misleading since there are definite repeats, but I guess the author was aiming for a round number. I was most interested in the "Paper, Collage + Assemblage" chapter and the "Jewelry + Adornments" chapters, both of which provided some great creative inspiration and ideas. The soft goods chapter, which you'd think I'd like as a knitter, was mostly sewing items which I didn't think were very appealing--most were a bit weird for my tastes. Jeff and I thoroughly enjoyed looking together at the all-too-short "Geek Craft + Man Craft" section which includes all variety of things made from cogs, wheels, computer parts, etc--including a functional wood computer keyboard with keys made out of scrabble letters, and a keyboard made from old, round manual typewriter keys, lending it a steampunk look. The book ends with a chapter on fine art and installations made from recycled materials, which appropriately rounds off the book with some even wilder inspirations, including woven sapling vessels encircling a building (reminiscent of the woven sapling house in the movie Where the Wild Things Are).The biggest drawback to the book is that the photos are only labeled with the artists' names and country plus the photo credit. I had to constantly skip back to the appendix where the title and materials for the piece were listed. What the beautiful or weird items were remade from is what this book is all about, and why make the reader work so hard to discover what materials the artist used?The text listed in the appendix was not even very long, so it could have been printed small with the photos themselves. I feel the book would be more interesting and usable with the materials listed directly there--after all, it's all about reusing materials, so tell us up front what the materials are!

  • Velma
    2019-02-25 10:42

    Written by my friend Garth Johnson and including several of my one-of-a-kind handspun yarns, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse is a reduce-reuse-recycle'ers dream. Page after page of art and craft by some of the most, well, creative folks in Humboldt County, California, this coffee table tome will inspire the re-maker in you to turn discards into useful and beautiful items. But don't think you'll get instructions or how-to's: this book is strictly a photographic compendium of inspiration only; you'll have to bring your own know-how to the table to create your vision of giving renewed life to cast-offs. But rest assured, you'll find this graphic wonderland a source of infinite inspiration for your own restyling adventures.

  • Shelli
    2019-03-18 08:43

    Generally, I love Quarry books, as they usually always represent the utmost quality in both content as well as design and layout, and are printed on gorgeous, glossy paper. This is my first time reading a volume of their "1000 [Something]" series; moreover, this is the first time I have read one of their books in electronic format (ebook on Hoopla as opposed to Kindle). So right up front, I have to confess that I believe the bulk of my complaints are related to the fact that I was not reading a print copy. I also have no idea if some of the shortcomings I describe are simply restrictions of the medium, or if they could be improved, and whether that would be the responsibility of Quary (the publisher), or of Hoopla. Therefore please take this review with these particular technical constraints in mind.My most major complaint – and now I fear it is relevant to all Quarry "1000 [Something]" books but am not sure – is that detailed information about each artwork is in an entirely separate section of the book from its photo. The pictures of the artworks fill the main part of the book, with just a number underneath, followed by the artist's name with their country, company if applicable, and photo credit where one is needed. So, to see what any item is made of – or even is – requires paging to the back of the book. It's a pain, especially on Hoopla. And the images are WAY too small. I can barely see any details in them. Finally, there are lots of multiple items by the same artist – for instance, there might be ten different aprons by the same person, all in the exact same style. If a call really went out for submissions, one would think the curator would have gotten plenty to spread the joy around a little more. There is so. much. repetition. And there's a lot of repetition, too. Oh, and one more thing that I had planned to leave out, since the poor design of the book is not the fault of the contributing artists, but I feel like it just needs to be said. Most of the items in this book are either impractical if not utterly useless, and I'm afraid that a good proportion of them are just outright ugly. A disappointment, and my first bad Quarry experience.

  • jess
    2019-03-20 10:59

    I have long since forgotten why I picked up this book, but I'm sure glad I didn't buy it. Some items look to be made from fully brand-new materials, so I question the strictness of the definition of "reuse, remake, restyle, recycle, renew." The concept of "Man Crafts" sharing pages with "Geek" stuff is laughably outdated thinly veiled misogyny. The vision of the book was jumbly, far too many of the crafts depended on a " collage of garbage " aesthetic, none of the photos are big enough to show enough details to really inspire someone, etc. This is not the best of green design.

  • Marissa
    2019-03-04 10:43

    I'm a big upcycling fan and expected this book to be chuck filled with was to reuse items. Instead I found it was just full of pictures of things people have made with no description as to how just the pictures of the item and the name of the creator. I cannot imagine a practical use for owning this book. I think the person who complied this book was a little too focused of quantity and not focused enough on quality.

  • Bunny
    2019-03-09 06:51

    Hey, you know the point of making a book of "ideas" for creative reuse? Actually including the ideas. How about when you put pictures of 1000 different upcycled projects, you actually tell us what is being upcycled, rather than making us flip continuously back and forth to an appendix?Waste of valuable reading time.

  • Molly
    2019-03-06 12:48

    Fun to look at, but really you could get the same effect browsing through Etsy. In fact, a lot of the artists in this book are on Etsy. I did really like the "Art" section that showed some interesting stuff.

  • Michelle Glatt
    2019-03-07 12:43

    Picked up this gorgeous, inspiring art book at the public library sale for just $1. Pretty fitting, I think.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-13 12:44

    This is actually just a book of photographs of projects. Some of them are very, very cool, and there is a directory of contributors in the back in case you really liked something and wanted to try and find it. Some of the artists had Etsy shops. There is also a short list of blogs and websites and another list for recycle centers for alternative art materials. Hopefully, if you like one of the projects enough you can either figure out where to buy it or make it yourself.

  • Sue Mosher
    2019-02-26 12:41

    Amazing ideas for art from junk. Love a lot of them. Reminds me of what my kids do. :-)

  • Sadie Oldenkamp
    2019-03-20 10:56

    Hipster nonsense.

  • Christine Turner
    2019-03-05 06:39

    HCPL Nonfiction 745.5 JohArtists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used, upcycled, and already existing materials. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to unique and important large-scale works of art, including paper art, fashion, jewelry, housewares, interiors, and installations.NotesGarth Johnson is a studio artist, writer and educator who lives in Eureka, California. In addition to maintaining the website "Exteme Craft" ( Garth writes for CRAFT magazine and his writing has been featured in museum catalogs, magazines, and books worldwide, including a contribution to the upcoming book Handmade Nation from Princeton Architectural Press. His first DVD, ReVision: Recycled Crafts for Earth-Friendly Living will be released by Eyekiss Films later this year. His artwork was featured in a solo show at Gallerie Maxim in Cologne, Germany in August, 2008. Garth received a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from Alfred University. He has taught at Georgia State University, Columbus State University and is currently a full-time instructor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. In addition to teaching, he is a sought-after lecturer and visiting artist, with recent lectures at Ohio State University, Illinois State University, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

  • Brittany
    2019-03-13 12:40

    This book caught my eye because of the interesting cover. Also, I'm a big fan of browsing on sites like to see creative ways that people have reused everyday items.I finished the book in one sitting! Besides the 2 page introduction, there weren't a lot of words in this book. The 1000 images are presented along with the name of the creator and where they are from. The images are organized into 6 chapters (though the author admits many of the items overlap categories): -Paper, Collage, & Assemblage-Couture & Soft Goods-Jewelry & Adornments-Geek Craft & Man Craft-Housewares & Furnishings-Art, Interiors, & InstallationsExamples of some of the ideas I liked: Book covers made into purses, books made into bookshelves, postcards used as wallpaper, jewelry made out of typewriter keys or Scrabble letters (I have a necklace charm made out of a typewriter key from a local store!), a chair made entirely of wine corks, and a quilt made of squares cut out of old t-shirts (I have one of these, too - my mom's friend made it for me). The book is filled with so many great ideas, but even if you're not inclined to attempt to make any of the items, it's still fun to look at them all. My only complaint is that I had to look in the image directory in the back of the book to figure out what materials went into the items - I wish it had simply been listed underneath the picture because I tired of flipping back and forth.

  • Martha
    2019-02-17 06:55

    This amazing collection of creative ways to reuse old stuff was a real kick to my creative impulses. The author arranges the creations in groups by material or theme, such as "Paper, Collage & Assemblage" and "Geek Craft & Man Craft," though there are some artists who end up in each category for one reason or another. The arrangements on the pages are very clever and works of art in themselves, sometimes for color, sometimes for shapes. Of course, there are the crazy things like a tin foil dress and spiky jewelry that look like they would only torture the wearer, but the ability of finding beauty in discarded materials is what shines through.

  • BeckBe
    2019-02-23 08:49

    This is NOT a how-to book, so you need some knowledge of materials and methods if you want to make any of the projects shown, or refer to instructions elsewhere. That said, this book is simply amazing. It ranges from simple coasters made of album covers to elaborate art pieces requiring metalworking skills and everything in between. It features sections on paper crafting, couture and soft goods, jewelry and adornments, geek craft and "man craft" (???), housewares and furnishings, and art and installations. Besides providing tons of inspiration for projects, it is just plain fun to look at.

  • Lana.
    2019-03-03 10:46

    Plenty of ideas as described in the title (though not exactly 1000 since there are similar items that are duplicates). While the projects certainly involved DIY for the maker, don't expect this to be a DIY book with instructions or material listings. This is purely a "look book" of sorts for inspiration. Good for people who might like the look at DIY, but not necessarily interested in doing it themselves (each photo does list the maker, and their company), or for those already who have some DIY skills in need of a small spark to kickstart a project.

  • Meredith
    2019-03-09 09:39

    Good for inspiration, & browse through if you find yourself struggling to see things in new ways. Some of the "1000 ideas" are things we've seen before ( do we really need more typewriter-key jewelry? ), but some are actually innovative. The lack of description is frustrating....materials are listed in the index in the back, but it should not have unduly influenced design if that information were included on the page with the pictures, and would have been much more helpful, as would some notes on technique. However, as a visual sourcebook, it does its job.

  • Elise
    2019-03-06 12:48

    I picked this book up from the library (alright I made the order it and then picked it up) and I really liked it! Most "recycling other stuff for crafts" books give detailed instructions on how the project can be redone. I don't always like that because it takes away from the creative process. This book has relatively no words in it at all. Page after page of images with the artist's name and country equals 1000 IDEAS, not 1000 projects you should copy. Bravo.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-13 10:52

    I was very disappointed with this book! The title was exactly what the book was... ideas for creative reuse... but unfortunately there were no descriptions on materials or methods used! This pic is just 1000 pictures of (albeit fantastic)"Creative reuse" I would reccomend this to experienced mixed media artists and craftsters, but not to anyone who wants to learn how to actually do this type of art.

  • Dominique
    2019-02-20 04:54

    What great book! So artistically amazing - I got so many great ideas from it. I would definitely recommend it to people who love arts & crafts.The book contains only photos, no craft instructions. It is more like an arts & crafts exhibit showing creative works from artists all over the world. Just to give you an idea: Necklace made from cards, barbie parts (face/lips) necklaces, table cloth made of Splenda packages, handbags made out of zippers...You get the idea - it's really epic!

  • Lisa
    2019-02-19 05:45

    Beautiful art as well as useful items made by repurposing items. Many many artists are respresented in this book. It was fun to look through and see how really creative people can be. Very inspiring book. Makes me want to look at things a bit differently. A wonderful resource for artists or those who just want to be inspired and amazed.

  • Christy
    2019-02-22 05:50

    I picked this book out from the library by the title. I was hoping for more every day type reuse ideas. This book is geared to artists and has cutting edge type crafts. The format is different with all the pictures in the front and descriptions for each picture in the back.

  • Roxana
    2019-03-03 10:47

    Just a catalogJust a catalogUnless your looking for a catalog, I don't recommend this. This is not an art instruction book. It's browsing pictures of things people made including where you can shop for tier items.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-09 04:50

    This was really fun to look at. It wasn't quite what I expected though--I thought I was getting a book of projects ideas with instructions and materials lists. Nevertheless, there are some really really cool ideas in here that I'm going to have to keep in mind.

  • ems
    2019-03-09 09:46

    Not particularly well-curated selection of the thousands (maybe millions at this point) of of images of this kind you can see on etsy or pinterest. Don't bother unless you want a coffee table book for an extremely uninspired friend.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-24 06:59

    neat things, thought it would be a little different than this though

  • Cynthia Rielley
    2019-03-13 10:43

    Amazing book, gorgeous creations!

  • M_agunngh
    2019-03-15 08:05

    reuse and make its for object photography, like it!!

  • Katie
    2019-02-22 08:55

    Cool. Neat inspiration. If you are really crafty and want some new ideas, flip through this. I was hoping it would be a how-to and I could attempt some of the projects, but it's more of a catalog.