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1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used, upcycled, and already existing materials. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to un ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Quarry Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Minus one star for the poor and confusing set-up of the book - instead of including information (materials used, methods, et cetera) about each project with the photo, said information is confined to a tiny index at the back of the book, making reading up on the projects way more trouble than it's worth. I'm also perplexed as to what guidelines were in place for the "reuse, remake, restyle, recycle, renew" aspect - many pieces were obviously created from brand-new materials purchased explicitly ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
This was about a 3.5 rating. There are some very clever and amazing crafty things pictured in the book. but I was stymied by some book layout issues.

The premise of this "all photos" book is to present items "remade" from something used for another purpose previously, in some manner remade, restyled, recycled or renewed. The book meets the need of the newish "upcycling" movement.
The number "1000" in the book's title is misleading since there are definite repeats, but I guess the author was aimin
Written by my friend Garth Johnson and including several of my one-of-a-kind handspun yarns, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse is a reduce-reuse-recycle'ers dream. Page after page of art and craft by some of the most, well, creative folks in Humboldt County, California, this coffee table tome will inspire the re-maker in you to turn discards into useful and beautiful items. But don't think you'll get instructions or how-to's: this book is strictly a photographic compendium of inspiration only; you'l ...more
Generally, I love Quarry books, as they usually always represent the utmost quality in both content as well as design and layout, and are printed on gorgeous, glossy paper. This is my first time reading a volume of their "1000 [Something]" series; moreover, this is the first time I have read one of their books in electronic format (ebook on Hoopla as opposed to Kindle). So right up front, I have to confess that I believe the bulk of my complaints are related to the fact that I was not reading a ...more
Aug 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, craft
I have long since forgotten why I picked up this book, but I'm sure glad I didn't buy it. Some items look to be made from fully brand-new materials, so I question the strictness of the definition of "reuse, remake, restyle, recycle, renew." The concept of "Man Crafts" sharing pages with "Geek" stuff is laughably outdated thinly veiled misogyny. The vision of the book was jumbly, far too many of the crafts depended on a " collage of garbage " aesthetic, none of the photos are big enough to show e ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm a big upcycling fan and expected this book to be chuck filled with was to reuse items. Instead I found it was just full of pictures of things people have made with no description as to how just the pictures of the item and the name of the creator. I cannot imagine a practical use for owning this book.

I think the person who complied this book was a little too focused of quantity and not focused enough on quality.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-13
Hey, you know the point of making a book of "ideas" for creative reuse? Actually including the ideas.

How about when you put pictures of 1000 different upcycled projects, you actually tell us what is being upcycled, rather than making us flip continuously back and forth to an appendix?

Waste of valuable reading time.
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: craft
Fun to look at, but really you could get the same effect browsing through Etsy. In fact, a lot of the artists in this book are on Etsy. I did really like the "Art" section that showed some interesting stuff.
Michelle Glatt
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-art
Picked up this gorgeous, inspiring art book at the public library sale for just $1. Pretty fitting, I think.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is actually just a book of photographs of projects. Some of them are very, very cool, and there is a directory of contributors in the back in case you really liked something and wanted to try and find it. Some of the artists had Etsy shops. There is also a short list of blogs and websites and another list for recycle centers for alternative art materials. Hopefully, if you like one of the projects enough you can either figure out where to buy it or make it yourself.
Johanna Haas
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at artists doing upcycling projects, this book gives plenty of inspiration - I could get lost in it. Unfortunately, it gives less information about the projects and their materials, or about the artists. I still think it's great.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Creative projects - yes. Any of them useful or worthwhile or beautiful - extremely few! Not at all what I was expecting. An exercise in creativity for the makers of these things but the book was nothing more than a vanity project - not worth my time.
Sue Mosher
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing ideas for art from junk. Love a lot of them. Reminds me of what my kids do. :-)
Sadie Oldenkamp
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Hipster nonsense.
Christine Turner
HCPL Nonfiction 745.5 Joh

Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse contains a cutting edge collection of the most inventive work being made with re-used, upcycled, and already existing materials. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to unique and important large-scale works of art, including paper art, fashion, jewelry, housewares, inte
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book caught my eye because of the interesting cover. Also, I'm a big fan of browsing on sites like to see creative ways that people have reused everyday items.

I finished the book in one sitting! Besides the 2 page introduction, there weren't a lot of words in this book. The 1000 images are presented along with the name of the creator and where they are from. The images are organized into 6 chapters (though the author admits many of the items overlap categories):
-Paper, Collage, &a
DNF at 50% when it was obvious the last 50% wasn't going to be any more interesting than the first 50%.

This could have been so much more interesting, but basically it's like a Pinterest account run amok.
It's badly organized. Lots of photos, but not useful information on the materials, methods, or artists. As for ideas for crafters, it's really a lot of stuff one doesn't want made into other stuff that no one else wants. Fine for an art exhibit, but it's all mostly stuff that's going to sit aro
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textiles
This amazing collection of creative ways to reuse old stuff was a real kick to my creative impulses. The author arranges the creations in groups by material or theme, such as "Paper, Collage & Assemblage" and "Geek Craft & Man Craft," though there are some artists who end up in each category for one reason or another. The arrangements on the pages are very clever and works of art in themselves, sometimes for color, sometimes for shapes. Of course, there are the crazy things like a tin f ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafting
This is NOT a how-to book, so you need some knowledge of materials and methods if you want to make any of the projects shown, or refer to instructions elsewhere. That said, this book is simply amazing. It ranges from simple coasters made of album covers to elaborate art pieces requiring metalworking skills and everything in between. It features sections on paper crafting, couture and soft goods, jewelry and adornments, geek craft and "man craft" (???), housewares and furnishings, and art and ins ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Plenty of ideas as described in the title (though not exactly 1000 since there are similar items that are duplicates).

While the projects certainly involved DIY for the maker, don't expect this to be a DIY book with instructions or material listings. This is purely a "look book" of sorts for inspiration.

Good for people who might like the look at DIY, but not necessarily interested in doing it themselves (each photo does list the maker, and their company), or for those already who have some DIY
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crafts
Good for inspiration, & browse through if you find yourself struggling to see things in new ways. Some of the "1000 ideas" are things we've seen before ( do we really need more typewriter-key jewelry? ), but some are actually innovative. The lack of description is frustrating....materials are listed in the index in the back, but it should not have unduly influenced design if that information were included on the page with the pictures, and would have been much more helpful, as would some not ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up from the library (alright I made the order it and then picked it up) and I really liked it! Most "recycling other stuff for crafts" books give detailed instructions on how the project can be redone. I don't always like that because it takes away from the creative process. This book has relatively no words in it at all. Page after page of images with the artist's name and country equals 1000 IDEAS, not 1000 projects you should copy. Bravo.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with this book! The title was exactly what the book was... ideas for creative reuse... but unfortunately there were no descriptions on materials or methods used! This pic is just 1000 pictures of (albeit fantastic)"Creative reuse" I would reccomend this to experienced mixed media artists and craftsters, but not to anyone who wants to learn how to actually do this type of art.
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What great book! So artistically amazing - I got so many great ideas from it. I would definitely recommend it to people who love arts & crafts.The book contains only photos, no craft instructions. It is more like an arts & crafts exhibit showing creative works from artists all over the world. Just to give you an idea: Necklace made from cards, barbie parts (face/lips) necklaces, table cloth made of Splenda packages, handbags made out of zippers...You get the idea - it's really epic!
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arts-and-crafts
Beautiful art as well as useful items made by repurposing items. Many many artists are respresented in this book. It was fun to look through and see how really creative people can be. Very inspiring book. Makes me want to look at things a bit differently. A wonderful resource for artists or those who just want to be inspired and amazed.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this book out from the library by the title. I was hoping for more every day type reuse ideas. This book is geared to artists and has cutting edge type crafts. The format is different with all the pictures in the front and descriptions for each picture in the back.
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just a catalog

Just a catalog

Unless your looking for a catalog, I don't recommend this. This is not an art instruction book. It's browsing pictures of things people made including where you can shop for tier items.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was really fun to look at. It wasn't quite what I expected though--I thought I was getting a book of projects ideas with instructions and materials lists. Nevertheless, there are some really really cool ideas in here that I'm going to have to keep in mind.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
Not particularly well-curated selection of the thousands (maybe millions at this point) of of images of this kind you can see on etsy or pinterest. Don't bother unless you want a coffee table book for an extremely uninspired friend.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
neat things, thought it would be a little different than this though
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