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Novel Living

Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books

Lisa Occhipinti


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In this digital age, the fate of physical books remains in question. Even the concept of curling up with a good book conjures new images. But there remains a sensory thrill to physical books—to seeing and feeling them, to turning their pages—that makes many of us value them even more as digital reading grows in popularity. In Novel Living, artist Lisa Occhipinti celebrates her love for physical books by presenting us with her unique ideas for collecting and displaying them, for conserving and preserving them, and for crafting with them. Guided by Occhipinti’s artful eye, you’ll be inspired to build and display collections based on your personal passions and to use books for crafting, either by deconstructing or by copying favorite elements. Amazingly, most of the projects—ranging from easy shelving to a headboard constructed of book spines to napkins composed of scans of favorite text passages from books—require no special skills or supplies.

Praise For Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating, and Crafting with Books

“Forget a run-of-the-mill bookshelf from a big-box store and create your own fabulous shelf to display flea finds using a handy-dandy ladder . . . from the new book Novel Living.”
— Flea Market Décor

STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book, 9781617690877, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2014

About the Author

Lisa Occhipinti is a former faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Currier Museum of Art Center. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe and on multiple websites and blogs, including Apartment Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and the New Yorker. She lives in Venice Beach, California.