Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book

Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book

Jason Thompson

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: 159253600X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In these pages, Jason Thompson has curated an extensive and artistic range of both achievable upcycled crafts made from books and book pages and an amazing gallery that contains thought-provoking and beautiful works that transform books into art.

The content encompasses a wide range of techniques and step-by-step projects that deconstruct and rebuild books and their parts into unique, upcycled objects. The book combines in equal measure bookbinding, woodworking, paper crafting, origami, and textile and decorative arts techniques, along with a healthy dose of experimentation and fun.The beautiful high-end presentation and stunning photography make this book a delightful, must-have volume for any book-loving artist or art-loving book collector.

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mutilations and dissections. We cannot hope to save all the books from the landfill—this is a Sisyphean task. But we can be inspired by the creativity of these artists, who reinterpret both lowly and lofty books into something more. I eventually married my bookbinding instructor; together, we run our family bindery and enjoy watching our young daughter play with old books, paper, and glue. The journey of book appreciation has certainly come full circle when we can, without reserve, both save our

apply several applications of adhesive to the inside edges. This step will create one complete stack ready to be fanned open. Fan them open the full 360 degrees and use PVA to adhere the first and last pages together. The center of the vase will not remain circular unless it is held open with a glass test tube or other circular object. Once the test tube is placed inside the center, the vase will stand on its own and the pages will fan out evenly. 4

especially from paperbacks, before folding—this makes the folding easier and the final folded book more attractive—but leaving the covers on a hardcover book provides a structural “stand” to hold the folded book in position for display. ROLLING AND BEADING Paper-rolling Tools Use a wooden skewer, paintbrush handle, chopstick, pencil, or thin metal rod as a rolling tool to create paper beads, rolls, and tubes of paper. For fine rolling, such as creating beads for jewelry, use a needle, thin wire,

plain rectangle over the printed envelope to use as an address label. Close-up of a book page envelope sealed with sealing wax Artist: Jason Thompson 016-117 01632.indd 21 Text Job:01632 Title: Playing With Books (Rockport) Page:21 12/3/09 9:14:18 AM page 22 PROJECT NO. 3 016-117 01632.indd 22 Text Job:01632 Title: Playing With Books (Rockport) Page:22 12/4/09 9:14:50 12/3/09 9:40:00 AM projects to play with O ld paperback books can be found just about everywhere and are

there are so many pages that a few imprecise folds won’t be noticed. Artist: Jason Thompson 016-117 01632.indd 37 Text Job:01632 Title: Playing With Books (Rockport) Page:37 12/3/09 9:19:20 AM project 7: business card holder playing with books page 38 1 016-117 01632.indd 38 Text Job:01632 Title: Playing With Books (Rockport) Page:38 12/3/09 9:19:26 AM INSTRUCTIONS: 1 FOLDING THE BOOK: page 39

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