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1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew (1000 Series) by [Johnson, Garth]
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Johnson, Garth. 1000 Ideas for  Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew. Quarry: Quayside.  2009. c.320p. illus. ISBN 978-1-59253-540-8. pap. $25.  CRAFTS

This is a photo gallery of funky and somewhat outrageous art objects made from recycled found materials in all media. Johnson (art, Coll. of the Redwoods) assembled this collection of works by established studio artists as a source of ideas for crafters.  -- Library Journal, February 15, 2010

About the Author

Garth Johnson is a studio artist, writer and educator who lives in Eureka, California. In addition to maintaining the website "Exteme Craft" (www.extremecraft.com) 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.


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  • File Size: 20153 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (November 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGY0GO
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By A. Borloz on October 26, 2009
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Thinking that it was a "how-to" book, I ordered this book based on my artist friend's recommendation. Instead, it turned out to be more of a photo-gallery type reference book. As I was going through the book, the wonderful memories of inspirational and mind-expanding visit to the Portland Museum of Contemporary Crafts (Oregon), Museum of Art & Design (New York), American Craft Council Fair (alternate crafts section) at Fort Mason (San Francisco, CA) came to my mind.

In every visit, I was fascinated and amazed with how ordinary or found materials can be repurposed, recycled, or even re-manufactured into an entirely different entity. I saw several of them again in this book, and from the same book, many more examples of material reuse from many different categories were shown: fashion, home accessories, book arts, mixed media, and interiors.

Each photo (1,000 of them) has a number and the name of the artisan. If one wants to know what materials were used, one will have to find it in the image directory at the end of the book using the number as the index. However, the image directory is a bit confusing and difficult to read because it was not in the expected columnar format.

Despite the shortcomings of the book's layout design and the misleading title, I have found it to be inspirational as it enables me to come up with more ideas for what I can use with my own found materials. And if I need more information, I can look up a list of resources in this book.

Overall, I find this book to be a good sourcing tool for scouts who are looking for exceptional or "green" items to be sold in crafts fairs, galleries or other retail venues. It is also an excellent idea-generating tool for those who want to create, design or maintain a "green" lifestyle by either recycling with found materials or buying the handcrafted objects from the artisans.
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This book is a collection of 1000 artfully photographed items, all made from something else. The photos run the gamut from fine art to functional objects, clothes to accessories. It is a beautiful book and fun and inspirational to look at. I found myself reopening the book over and over as there is so much to see and be inspired by. This is a must for all who create and enjoy recycled art and craft.
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If you want to look at a bunch of pictures of stuff recycled into other things, this is for you. If you want to know how to make any of those things, then you're out of luck.

This is just a picture book of other people's creations. No materials list, no directions, and not even a title of what the object is. Sometimes it was hard to tell what the final object was.

Luckily I only borrowed this or else I would have been pissed about wasting money.

Also, I looked at this on my kindle keyboard (i.e. grayscale). It's really hard to tell what some of the things are since the pictures are small and not in color. Best to be viewed in paper or maybe on a Kindle Fire. Was a waste of time on my kindle keyboard and I only went about 25% through it before giving up.
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First off, this is NOT a how-to book, it is a collection of pieces from throughout the world. The layout is great with large, clear pictures and a large variety of works. And most importantly, it's very inspiring and thought-provoking.
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I feel the book is incredibly well organized. I like the fact that the facts about what it is made out of is at the back so your imagination gets a work out trying to figure out what the artists have used. I think the colors that are put together on each page also work very well. And it is important to artists who work in these mediums get exposure. thanks for the great book.
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I bought this book expecting a "how-to" book to do the 1000 projects, but this is not the case. It is, however, full of some very creative and extravagant art projects that are amazing. If you would like to know what they are made of, you have to search the resource info. in the back of the book. I find that to be distracting and would rather read about it on the same page as the picture. If you want a book to learn how to reuse, remake, restyle, this is not for you. If I had known just how over the top these projects were, I don't think I would have bought this book. I feel these are more for the serious artist than the person who likes to do re-purposing type projects, like me. It is a very good book, just not what I expected.
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This is NOT a pattern book! No instructions for any of the items. But it is a great inspiration source! Just looking through it and wondering "How did they do that? Is that what I think it is?" is a lot of fun. Jewelry made out of Barbie faces?? Lawn chair made from a grocery cart? Take a look and go recycle something!
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To reviews that said, "it's just a picture book," first I thought "so what?" [To the person who was disappointed by the repetition/similarity among various items, I don't understand. You want 1000 comPLETEly unique ideas in one volume? I don't think ANY book does that, but you did get me wondering just what makes a concept different enough to call it "new."] Then, while perusing the actual book, it wasn't so much instructions I was missing (tho' I'd love them on some entries) but details that do show up at the back -- materials used, artists' websites, etc. And while grudgingly flipping back and forth to match the info with the right photos, it occurred to me that maybe making the reader work a little is the point. There are true surprises along the lines of, "THAT's what that is?," and obviously, I can't say whether seeing the details presented in captions would be less satisfying than having to hunt them down, but now I don't mind the flipping quite as much.

All that said, there are some other choices made that are a little jarring -- multiple examples by the same artist are sometimes right near each other, sometimes not; some entries have before-and-after photos but most don't; and there are quite a few items where I can't tell what the finished product is. Maybe that last one is to be expected, since it is, if nothing else, "art."
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