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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714532002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714532004
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate MacKay studied Fine Art drawing and painting at art school in Edinburgh. She graduated in 2004 with a sense that art, which had always been her drive, security, and happiness, would be best expressed in a career in community arts. She is a leading organiser in the Edinburgh based Alchemy Arts, which brings art into the community. Alchemy Arts had its first workshop at WOMAD, making musical instruments from old bike parts. Since then Alchemy Arts has developed a Scrap store and art studio in Edinburgh s seaside town Portobello. There are 20 artists who are involved and this is expanding all the time, creating murals, mosaics, costumes, films, events across Scotland all from discarded materials. Kate MacKay had her first etching exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2007 Turn Your Fantasy into Reality Since then she has exhibited regularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Di Jennings has had a diverse career that has involved working in fashion design, wearable art, the film industry, community development and community arts. Underpinning her working life has been a consistent journey of personal and spiritual development. She has lived in an intentional community for 5 years; has participated in (and at times led) a range of transformational workshops and processes, and for the last 15 years has been a devotee of Spiritual Teacher, Avatara Adi Da Samraj.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V. A. Carter on 2 Jun 2010
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This book is simply fabulous. It is not just an ordinary book on recycling - it is full of amazing and fun ideas for recycling just about anything, even things you would never have thought of. I loved the shopping bag knitted out of old plastic supermarket bags and the bag made out of an old shrunken jumper, but my favourites were the hat made out of playing cards and the carnival dress made out of old flyers! But then again all the ideas were great and there are also handy tips on how to make all the items featured. The book is also beautifully illustrated and the photographs are very stylish. However, what makes this book different is all the lovely little stories at the start of each chapter, so it is a great little book to read even if you don't want to make anything. I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By b.crowcroft on 14 April 2013
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I thought this would be a practcal book about recycling but was disappointed in the content. Great for someone who wants to make dressing up clothes and dramatic one offs but the items made are not really very useful ot practical. A pretty book to read though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stitcher on 24 July 2011
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This is the book for you if you have a basic knowledge of sewing and making stuff, and youre not afraid to give it a go without precise, step by step instructions. I've made versions of loads of things in here now, and everything I've made has given me ideas for more things, which for me is the best thing about it - it gives lots of springboards for further ideas. It has a lovely anarchic feel to it. Yessss! No more knitted book marks and appliqued aprons!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader 23 on 15 Feb 2010
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A really refreshing take on the craft book, this incorporates some innovative new ideas using recycled materials whilst weaving beautifully told stories behind the ideas. Some chic ideas, some more fun, all original. Good for inspiring craft ideas, or just a lovely read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book full of unusual ideas for the recycling fiber artist! 22 July 2013
By valerie g. - Published on Amazon.com
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I would highly recommend this book for its unusual ideas for the advanced fiber artist. It has illustrations for "how to" recontruct garments, however, many projects are not geared for the beginning sewer. It also has the history of the garments featured here. It is my favorite of all the recycling books in my library!
Alchemy Indeed 10 Aug 2013
By R. Madison - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a lot of great project inspiration for altered couture, plus some very interesting writing as well. The author's narratives of some quite off-the-wall subjects, that happen to tie in with the pictured projects, are entertaining. The alchemy involved in transforming some very ordinary items, such as plastic shopping bags and discarded paper tourism brochures, into wearable art is truly magic. An unusual book of this genre and a keeper. I usually look through most "craft books" once or twice then pass them on, but not this one!
Be warned - no patterns! 21 Oct 2014
By Only What Works - Published on Amazon.com
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No patterns are included.
There aren't even any links in the book pointing out online resources for finding the patterns.

I bought the book because I wanted to make the duvet dress I'd seen online.

Had there been patterns or access to them, I would have given the book five stars.
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