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Cut It, Paste It, Sew It by Chisa Itou
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There are lots of cute Japanese-style collages in this mixed-media collage sourcebook. It's not a how-to book, there are no instructions on creating the works featured but there are interviews with the artists, who are asked for pointers on selecting materials and for their secret to making a good collage.

The collages are beautifully photographed and presented, making the book an appealing visual feast. The only minus for me is that the pieces are not really varied. The artists are Japanese, and the style is distinctly Japanese: light, use of lots of bright and pastel colors, as well as plenty of washi tape.

Most of the collages involve crafting with paper and found paper products, but there are also examples of working with other materials like fabric, beads, trims and lace. The items featured include matchboxes, framed art, tags, packaging, book and album covers and cards. I would like to have seen some more comprehensive works like art journals though. Still, a very pretty book overall.

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