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About the Author

Lisa Occhipinti is a former faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Currier Museum of Art Center. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe and on multiple websites and blogs, including Apartment Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and the New Yorker. She lives in Venice Beach, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 4.1.2011 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I entirely agree with e Jo's review. I just received my copy of The Repurposed Library, and was looking forward to reading it and doing the projects. Though I will still be doing projects, I am disappointed in the designer's choice of font and ink color. It takes extra work to focus on what I'm reading, and I have to use brighter-than-usual light to do so. Nothing wrong with my eyes; it's a grey, thin font printed on creamy-colored paper. If you want something to be camouflaged, these are good colors. Not so good for type.

I should be breezing through instructions, paying no attention whatsoever to the print--good book design makes that happen. Even some of the illustrations could stand to be beefed up a little, with heavier lines and more contrast.

I may end up scanning pages of projects I'll be working on, and adjusting the size, color, and weight of the type. Haven't ever adapted text with Optical Character Recognition, but this seems like a good time to experiment.

The photography is beautiful, and the projects are great. I hope the author had a small run done this first time around, so she can have a new edition printed that is fun to read and use.

If, like me, you are so pleased with Lisa Occhipinti's designs that you HAVE to learn how to make them, just be forewarned and have a plan for dealing with the fine print, so to speak. Great recycled art is worth some extra work - but this is more of a challenge than I bargained for.
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I like the projects in this book. I want it in my craft library. I can't justify the addition. The instructions are too difficult to follow. I don't mean they aren't clearly described. I mean I can't *see* them at a glance. I didn't understand why reviewers were complaining about the print in the book. I had no trouble reading it with the "Look Inside" feature. I heeded the other warnings, though, and previewed the book by borrowing it from my library. Here's the thing (and it's a really big thing): When you're following instructions to make something, you need to concentrate on *following* the directions, not *reading* them. The print is impossibly light. To follow the directions, you have to divert your attention from what you're doing just to focus on reading the next step. It requires a terrible ping-pong of focus and concentration. I was browsing the book while watching TV. When I looked down at the book, the photos would catch my eye, but not a single word of the text. It's a shame. Lisa Occhipinti is talented and inspiring.

I hope they improve the type in the next edition. I'd love to buy it.
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This is a wonderful, well thought out book with lots of great projects! I've been a fan of Lisa's creations since discovering her on Etsy. I was thrilled when I learned she was coming out with a book!
I think I may have been first in line with my nose pressed against the door....
The projects are creatively stepped out, and range from simple enough, to more challenging things. I simply adore this book. It is worth every single cent!
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Great information, however very hard to read! The book uses a thin font that appears to be grey. In addition, the background page color appears to be an off-white. This thin, light-colored font against this off-white page gives the illusion of faded pages and (for me) creates a horrible strain on the eyes when attempting to read this book. The introduction is in a black font and is much easier to read. I just cannot understand why black was not used in the body of the book....especially considering this font choice! I was very much looking forward to receiving this book but was very disappointed when I opened it and saw the faded looking pages. The information appears to be well written and the instructions fairly easy to follow but the book is just not reader-friendly. I equate it to trying to read a page from your personal printer when the ink cartridge needs to be replaced. This is entirely "MY personal" observation.
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Received and poured over this book (!) today. Will not deconstruct it for one of the nifty projects...instead keep it close at hand whilst repurposing fun, vintage children's books. Bravo to Lisa who recognizes the beauty of books and provides a way for us to use the medium for art and craft. As Marshall McLuhan so brilliantly predicted -- " the medium is the message.".
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This book is beautiful!! With both written and visual instructions, the projects are easy to follow. There are so many unique ideas I would have never ever thought of! The Repurposed Library inspires me to finally do something with all the books in my home. LOVE IT! Well done!!~
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Now that the world is engaged in the digital age, the Repurposed Library gives us all a great opportunity to get more out of those old books than the foundation for a land fill or the substance of use in a recycling process. They can be turned into works of art and decorations with some nostalgic value if made from one of our own books.

We have taken on some of the projects outlined in the book with great success. Anyone with basic craft talents and patience can create a new item for there home/office that is unique and nostalgic.

Highly recommend the book.
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