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Spread #79- Re.pur.posed December 17, 2009

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

It’s been a while and that’s because I was working hard at scroll sawing old books and altering them into some funky other kind of books, for a fundraising holiday bazaar held at my house last Saturday. Although it was hard work I enjoyed it hugely. It is so much fun to take a traditional object that is very confident of its purpose, such as a book, and confuse it a bit, or much, give it a completely new shape, a shape of another object such as a purse, treat it as a drawer or a cabinet by attaching hardware to it such as old knobs and handles, giving them second chances to impress as well. I do it with all due respect for the book it once was, and still is underneath, respect for its content, its art, and certainly to its author. I work with it to achieve the new use. Gotta love the concept of repurposing, confusing, intriguing, reusing, and mostly re-enjoying. Love the concept of collaborating with an author, cyclical art, the notion that I once enjoyed a book so much that I desire to revive it somehow, then pass it on to you to further elaborate on it as you see fit. Gotta love the idea of an old book turned drawer, mystery box, hand bag, display on a coffee table, an art object or a ‘while you are out journal’, to be further altered by another, away from my hands.

Check them out…and tell me, how do YOU do it (repurposing)?


1. Brian Kasstle - December 17, 2009

I am glad I got to see the wonderful books in person! I can’t get the video to play?

2. Pat Chapman - December 18, 2009

Wonderful concept! And again, I am so inspired in my own art through yours and the way your mind works. Love it!

3. Stephanie - December 20, 2009

Very cool project…I repurpose my art, old pieces have layers stripped away, new ones added, sometimes really changed up…gives them new life.

happy holiday Orly!!

4. Seth - December 20, 2009

How very clever and cool! Must be great in person.

5. ela - December 20, 2009

Wow! All I can say is wow! I have never seen such a wonderful way to not only recycle something but make it a whole new creative piece! I love it Orly! How can I get my hands on one of those? : D
Books can be so dear to someone and this makes it that much more special, I think! …at least it would to me.
I love the idea…it’s something they would have like at, Anthropology!

6. Anairam - December 20, 2009

Inspirational! I have been wanting to make an altered book for a long time now – but I think I will need some proper tools. Also I have to refine my idea – I tend to jump in without having thought about concepts, and that is not always a good thing. I repurpose old second-hand books by using them as the base for art journals and for all the scrapbooks that I keep (I collect images – interiors, clothes, quotes, things to make, etc). Also, I have done some bookfolding – they look great as ornaments. Lastly, I sometimes tear out pages and use them to make decorations, as I did this Xmas. PS Really glad you are back – I missed your beautiful and thought-provoking spreads!

7. Renee Khan - December 23, 2009

Orly I just love these. I love the video and then it shows the knobs and everything. Verry cool.

Give the kids and hubby big hugs to keep; them all warm.

Love Renee xoxoxo

8. shannon - December 28, 2009


9. shannon - December 28, 2009

hooray that you are back!!! i’ve missed you.

10. Gil Avineri - January 15, 2010

Very well said. You’ve extended the active respect you give to your materials into the realm of verbal respect too.

11. caterina giglio - February 6, 2010

I love the idea of anything old being upcycled into art! loved the video, thanks for visiting my blog!

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