Alchemy Arts

Alchemy Arts

Recycling Is Chic

Book - 2010
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Alchemy Arts is a community-based arts project in Edinburgh that collects scrap from businesses and households and uses it to create artworks, workshops, and parades in the city. This book takes their philosophy one stage further and offers projects in fashion, home design, and crafts for individuals to make or adapt themselves.

Includes ingenious uses for packs of old playing cards (a top hat for fancy dress), old ties stitched into dresses, and many more ideas and suggestions.

With the inclusion of American crafters' projects as well as those from the United Kingdom, this is likely to be a popular addition to the growing collection of books available for crafters.

Publisher: London ; New York : Marion Boyars Publishers, 2010.
ISBN: 9780714532004
Branch Call Number: 745. 5 MACK
Characteristics: 251 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jennings, Di 1952-

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Rebecca_Kohn May 21, 2018

I appreciate the value the writers of the book place on re-use. Their collective knowledge of fabrics and other materials like plastic, wire, and even a discarded umbrella present a fresh approach to thrifty re-use merged with a whimsical style. Some of the ideas are practical, like upcycling old blankets into nifty bags. Others are just for fun, like making hats out of playing cards. As we all look for ways to keep useful materials out of landfills, books like this challenge our concepts of how these like old neckties and plastic bags can have a second life as useful or playful objects.

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noluckboston
Jul 24, 2015

Featured on the awful library books blog.

http://awfullibrarybooks.net/skirtains-anyone/

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