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Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin Paperback – October 6, 2009

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With so much emphasis on preserving the environment, it follows that crafters want to do their part to help. This book, an amalgam of projects by different designers, presents imaginative variations on the art of bookmaking. After setting the tone with some alarming statistics about how much paper we waste, Taylor explains the tools needed to transform that paper trash into treasure. A scattering of thumbnail drawings visualizing some of the more detailed procedures accompany step-by-step guidelines, and an appendix clarifies basic information about sewing signatures and building a text block. Also appended are templates crafters can enlarge on a copy machine. The projects, which range from over the top to beautiful and practical, make use of everything from old books and maps to Styrofoam egg cartons, cassette tapes, and dental floss containers to create journals, notepads, sketchbooks, and more. This isn’t your run-of-the mill craft book, for sure, but that’s the attraction. --Stephanie Zvirin

About the Author

TERRY TAYLOR is the author of 18 books published by Lark Books, including Altered Art, The Altered Object, Artful Paper Dolls, Button! Button!, and The Artful Storybook.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Atwood on September 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Eco Books" is an interesting if occasionally quirky look at the idea of creating journals from recycled materials, showcasing the work and projects of numerous book artists. Taylor's introduction, "700 Pounds of Paper?", gives readers a good dose of guilt in order to jumpstart these recycling projects and on this theme, scattered throughout the book are a few - too few, actually -- interesting vignettes regarding book and paper artists who recycle in their work.

Regarding the projects themselves: they range in style from those lacking any type of aesthetic value save an environmental one (the egg carton book gets my vote in this category) to sublimely beautiful projects such as the Coffee Codex and the Branching Book. Additional projects I found very appealing were the Patchwork Portfolio, Jewel Case, and the Elemental Book.

Reading through the book makes one realize that almost any item can be recycled into a form of art (ever hear of a cassette tape book?) and this concept is strengthened by the "gallery" shots scattered throughout the book, showcasing the impressive completed recycled-material projects of numerous book artists.

The project instructions in some cases include helpful sketches and just as often don't, which is unfortunate, but Taylor does include an appendix of basic bookmaking techniques at the end, making many of these projects very doable for those with a bit of bookmaking skills under their belt.

"Eco Books" may not save any landfills from paper overflow but its heart is in the right place and it's definitely a bit of fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robyn M Ayaz on November 15, 2010
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Terry Taylor is a wonderful artist whose work I really admire. This book did not disappoint! Who would have thought you could make such a wonderful small book with covers from an egg carton? As well as lots of recycling ideas, I found the book making instructions incredibly easy to follow. All types of binding are covered along with clear photographs and I would feel quite comfortable trying any of these delightful books. If you love the idea of recycling and love to make books, you will love this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F. Williams on January 11, 2011
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This book is great in presenting creative ideas on how to make books/journals from everyday goodies. The pictures are great and motivate the creative mind to work the magic and attempt to make the books...I had a hard time following the procedures on several of the ones I attempted to create; but that's probably due to my lack of binding knowledge. For me, the book alone gave me enough insight and ideas to branch out with my own creations. I think this is a great book for those who enjoy pushing their creativity into new ventures.
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Since I want to create new items from materials I already have on hand this is the right book for me. Repurposing is the way I want to head. This is a good book for anyone who wants to try something new with items they have around the house. I bought this book awhile ago, its been added to my growing collection of books that are similar to this by that I mean reusing items that I already have on hand.
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