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1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew (1000 Series) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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Over 15 books in the series offer thousands of innovative ideas
These visual catalogs are both a practical, inspirational handbook and a coffee-table conversation piece.
Like all of the books in our 1,000 series, these are not instructional books, rather, they are a visual showcase designed to provide endless inspiration.
Books in the Series:
- 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse
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- 1,000 Retail Graphics
- 1,000 Graphic Elements (mini)
- 1000 More Graphic Elements
- 1,000 Artist Trading Cards
- 1,000 Steampunk Creations
- 1,000 Ideas for Graffiti and Street Art
- 1000 Dog Portraits
- 1,000 Portrait Illustrations
- 1,000 Indie Posters
- 1,000 Music Graphics (mini)
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 \u0022Exteme Craft\u0022 (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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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.
Yes, you can find a short list of the materials used in each piece at the back of the book (though I don't see the point of not putting the info on the page with piece). If you have the Kindle version, don't expect too much help from technology. Once you find the listings (they start at location 2870) , you can click the link back to the photo, which is nice (and a logical feature). But there's no link on the photo page to take you to the material listings page for the item. The Kindle page layout is also not very user friendly. For example, it would be nicer if there were chapter headings (or footings) so you'd know where you were if you land on a random page by simply browsing.
The jewelry is amazing, and I'll enjoy browsing the rest of the book. Great concept, wonderful and interesting items, but medicre presentation that doesn't showcase the items well or take good advantage of the technology. I probably will return it before my 7 days are up.