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Lisa Occhipinti Repurposes Abandoned Novels into Sculptural Bookmobiles

Posted By Morgana Matus On October 9, 2012 @ 3:20 pm In Art,Decorative Objects,green Interiors,Green Products | No Comments

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Books [1] are more than just containers for information and stories – they’re also an amazing resource for artists looking for a new creative medium. Lisa Occhipinti [2] repurposes old, abandoned books [3] from flea markets and libraries into sculptural hanging mobiles. At a time where many readers are making the transition from hardcover to e-reader, her bookmobiles recall a time when page-turning required a piece of paper instead of the swipe of a tablet.

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Drawing upon her background in bookbinding, Lisa Occhipinti [2] rescues unwanted volumes for the use in her bookmobiles. She salvages most of her material from flea markets and thrift stores, keeping an eye out for linen-bound novels printed in the early to mid-twentieth century. She begins by ripping off their spines and rolling the pages, causing them to resemble tear drops or the spirals of a shell. Coated in beeswax, the leaves of the books take on the shapes of fossils or the falling branches of a tree. Taking advantage of simple covers, mid-century design elements, and typography, the artist showcases the “quiet display of design that seemed devoted to that of books”.

Occhipinti is also the author of The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life [4]. Those interested in purchasing her bookmobiles will find her work through her Etsy site, The Shophouse [2].

+ Lisa Occhipinti [2]

Via Colossal [5]


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[1] Books: http://inhabitat.com/tag/recycled-books/

[2] Lisa Occhipinti: http://www.etsy.com/shop/theshophouse?ga_search_query=bookmobiles&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5349844#

[3] old, abandoned books: http://inhabitat.com/10000-glowing-books-spill-into-streets-of-melbourne-in-luzinterruptus-literature-vs-traffic-installation/

[4] The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life: http://www.amazon.com/Repurposed-Library-Craft-Projects-Books/dp/1584799099

[5] Colossal: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2010/12/bookmobiles-by-lisa-occhipinti/

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