Thursday, October 11, 2012

Over the Counter #131

What books caught my eye this week as it passed over the library counter and under my scanner? Well, books about books!

First up was The Repurposed Library by Lisa Occhipinti.

It seems like sacrilege to cut up a book....but there were some pretty neat ideas inside this one!

From the publisher Abrams Books:

"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 For these projects, Lisa Occhipinti rescues and repurposes orphaned and outdated books from flea markets and library sales and turns them into new art objects and practical items for the home.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."

Next up was 1000 Artists' Books - Exploring the Book as Art by Sandra Salamony  with Peter and Donna Thomas. This one takes repurposing to a whole new level!

From the publisher Quarry Books:

"The book is a timeless art form, one that is as alive today as ever before, and artists continue to explore and explode the boundaries of what a book is and can be. In this beautiful collection, you will experience close-up various aspects of hand-crafted books: covers, bindings, scrolls, folded and origami structures and books made from found objects. You will find richly illustrated and calligraphed pages as well as books created from a variety of printed processes. Ingenuity and creativity abounds in this carefully curated collection of both historically important and modern works."

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)


bermudaonion said...

I would have trouble using a book for a craft!

Chrystal said...

Wow I love this feature. :) I'll be mentioning it in your guest post on my blog next week.

Very cool book choices this week.

Luanne said...

Kathy - I know, it's hard to 'hurt' a book!

Chrystal - I have so much fun with this feature - every Thursday!