It’s happening already. Books are not yet extinct, but creative folks are developing new uses for these soon to be relics of another culture.
From Rebound Designs, I recently purchased a “book purse” for my niece made from a slightly worn hardback copy of Emma. (I was momentarily tempted by the bright orange copy of The Chicago Manual of Style, but thought my niece would be less than enthusiastic. )
For do-it-yourselfers, Lisa Occhipinti offers step-by-step instructions for “33 craft projects that give old books new life” in her book The Repurposed Library.
Book destruction is not limited to the etsy crowd , “serious” artists are using books as canvas too. Artist Kylie Stillman as seen in a recent ArtStormer post creates book sculptures from stacked books.
Books torn asunder to make decorative objects is still a bit creepy to a book lover such as myself , but the sheer creativity of the repurposing is intriguing.
What do you think? Is this a travesty or are you already reaching for your glue gun and that stack of old books ?