Synopses & Reviews
Have a pile of extra buttons and don't know what to do with them? Make a cool bracelet. Need some pillows for your new couch, and have a bunch of old wool sweaters? Turn those sweaters into felt and make pillows so beautiful you could sell them at any store. Knitting, felting, glass, and woodwork—it's all here. Craftivity
is filled with 40 amazing DIY projects that show you how to take everyday objects and turn them into functional, fabulous art. In Craftivity
, you can learn how to:
- Add crystals to your napkins to create jeweled table linens
- Make a unique coffee table out of a vintage suitcase
- Use a simple picture frame to construct a back-painted glass backgammon board
- Transform plastic grocery bags into a durable tote
With dozens of gorgeous photos and clear, easy-to-follow directions, this wonderfully inspirational guide will tap into the heart of your own craftivity.
"The force behind SuperNaturale.com ('an independent site dedicated to the Do It Yourself culture in all its glorious forms'), Carson teaches at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a partner at the design firm Flat, which counts Knoll and Urban Outfitters among its clients. Here, she offers up a compilation of craft projects sure to make your favorite DIY hipster happy this Christmas. Whether you've been looking for a how-to guide on making a crochet skull or instructions on how to knit your own hammock, Carson and her army of contributors (all have also weighed in on SuperNaturale) have it covered. The book is organized by medium into six chapters (including 'Yarn & String'; 'Glass & Ceramics' and 'Lost & Found'), and the writing is as irreverent as the ideas themselves: 'When my best friend got knocked up, I knew I wanted to be the one to make the baby blanket,' writes contributor Callie Janoff. Projects range from the classic (etched glass pitchers) to the inspired, such as an embroidered screen door. And the contributors prove that practically everything can be repurposed, from a sweater with 'embroidered' moth holes to underwear made from old T-shirts. Imaginative and inspiring, this is a fresh take on standard crafting." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“A welcome, thoughtful addition to the expanding universe of DIY books...recipes for beautiful, unusual objects.” Bust Magazine
“Anyone who loves to make, modify, and invent their own stuff will want to read Craftivity from cover to cover.” Lupton, author of D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself
“The 40 offbeat, engaging projects will lead to a heightened sense and enlightened view of the creative flair within you.” Jeffrey Yamaguchi, author of 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity and publisher of 52projects.com
“With its fabulous ideas and gorgeous projects, this will be a well-used source of inspiration on my (recycled) bookshelf .” Danny Seo, author of Simply Green Parties & Simply Green Giving
“Unusually elegant compared with most crafting books...a wistful and inspiring read.” Nylon Magazine
“Sophisticated, imaginative and broad in scope…offers a fresh perspective of what crafts can encompass.” Julie Jackson, founder of subversivecrossstitch.com and author of Subversive Cross Stitch
“A must-have for any crafter who dares to walk on the wild side of the measuring tape.” Kathy Cano Murillo, national craft columnist, founder of CraftyChica.com and author of Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul
From the creators of the hugely popular craft site, Supernaturale.com, comes a hip and funky compendium of new DIY projects that reshape, reuse, and redefine the concept of "handmade," moving away from country–cutesy, granny craft into utilitarian craft art for the 21st century.
Got a pile of extra buttons and don't know what to do with them? Make a cool bracelet. Need some pillows for your new couch, and have a bunch of old wool sweaters? Turn those sweaters into felt! Knitting, felting, leather tooling, glass and metal work––it's all here. CRAFTIVITY is filled with 60 amazing DIY projects that make the most of what you have by taking old stuff and turning it into functional, breathtaking art.
About the Author
Tsia Carson is the founder and editor in chief of SuperNaturale.com, an alternative crafts Web site, as well as a partner at Flat, a multidisciplinary design firm. She teaches design at Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design.