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Find and Keep [Hardcover]

Beci Orpin
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Book Description

1 Nov 2012
Be inspired with Beci Orpin's beautfiul new book Find and Keep. This gorgeous ideas and craft book features all of Beci's favourite things, from wall murals such as life-size paper Christmas trees, to embroideries and herb gardens and picnic fare. Discover where Beci gets her inspiration from and follow her in her studio, at home and out and about as she gathers ideas for her projects. Learn how these ideas come to life and then apply them yourself with 25 make-at-home projects that cover a wide range of crafty mediums, from collages to cushions and t-shirts to teacups. With simple step-by-step instructions and tips and beautiful page design by Michelle Mackintosh, these cool crafty ideas are new and fresh and bound to appeal to fans of Beci's work and crafting in general. So, get inspired, get creative and go find, make and keep!

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742704557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742704555
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 24.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beci orpin was born in Melbourne during the early 70s to hippie parents. For the first 3 years of her life she lived out of the back of a landcrusier travelling around Australia, and never had to wear shoes. On return to Melbourne she moved into an inner-city commune, where she developed a love for drawing and decided that was all she ever wanted to do. She has a BA in textile design at RMIT and has been working freelance and exhibiting her artwork both locally and internationally ever since. With husband and business partner Raph, she started clothing line Princess Tina in 2001, and now has a clothing line, Tiny Mammoth; she also creates homewares and stationary-based products under her own name.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I-N-S-P-I-R-I-N-G 11 Jan 2013
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From the colors to the shapes to the beautiful projects this book oozes inspiration. I spent a good 10 minutes on a single page because of the myriads of things available. It keeps surprising me with little things every time I open it. At the back you can find patterns for all the projects as well as a page full of colorful stickers. You won't regret buying, so don't give it second thoughts :) it's amazing!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very lovely book 1 Feb 2014
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If you are into any DIY/craft stuff, this book is PERFECT. Very inspirational and beautiful photography. The content includes mixed-media/paper craft/fabric/interiors all sorts of DIY inspiration that anyone who likes colourful/fun DIY projects will certainly love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Aesthetics and Inspiration 22 May 2013
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I just love this book - bigger than I thought with lovely photography and cute rounded pages. very nice to handle .. On a first flick through there are a mix of projects and inspiration. Anyone having done an Arts course will recognise the working methods, collecting, recording, developing, designing all done in a very sympathetic and appealing way. The whacky mix of inspiration just adds to the mix. The kind of book I will pick up again and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's got the looks but not the brains 8 Feb 2013
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Gorgeous book, but was hoping for a few more cool projects. Lovely photos though, more of a inspiration book than a DIY craft book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Photography and layout great, but the ideas didn't do much for me at all. 1 Feb 2013
By Boo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this from the library as I saw it featured in a home magazine and thought I should have a look before I bought a copy online. I'm glad I did. I really wanted to like this book, I found the author's love of colour great, and the layout and photography pleasing to the eye (as well as the rounded page corners) but as an artist/crafter myself I found the projects inside fairly ho-hum, more suited to ideas for kids' crafts, - I only found a couple of them inspiring or interesting enough to try. I expected much more with the back cover's reference to the author as being 'design royalty'. Orpin is clearly enthusiastic and loves design (and her sons who feature frequently) but I found this book disappointing and dare I say a little self-indulgent. Sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book 30 Dec 2012
By Pinupgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for Christmas for my daughter. We are both crafty and green. We loved the projects in this book. They led us to think of other uses and that is what crafting is all about. Fun for new crafters as well as experienced folks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspiring! 1 Aug 2013
By M.R. Honolulu - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful book! Filled with happy colors and cute collections. Beci shares her studio and the little things that inspire her. I enjoy Japanese design and packaging, stationery, and childlike fun, this book was just that. I also liked the assortment of DIY projects. This book inspired me to get crafting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMESS and then some 7 Jan 2013
By Sonni Lyne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an inspirational book from start to finish. Words cannot describe how wonderful I think it is. I intend to buy one for each of my friends this year - LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, better craft projects needed! 25 Mar 2014
By dirtwitch - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been gazing at this book, fascinated, ever since I received it from Amazon. That, and Beci Orpin's other book HOME, which I bought in the same order. Even though I've been flipping through the pages at the alluring eye candy of photography and layout, both books more or less blend in together for me.

I love Beci Orpin's style, aesthetics, and even the personality that comes through her writing. That is why I'm keeping the books. But as other reviewers have noticed, the projects are completely ho-hum. One does not need a $25 list price book to make pom-poms! The level of mediocrity is not only disappointing, but a little insulting. For that, I'd give the book one or two stars.

I'd give it five stars, if it were a big, color, coffee-table book with more photos of Beci's HOUSE. This is the real charm of both Find & Keep and Home. I can stare at a photo of Beci's bookshelf for an hour. I want to see how she organizes her kitchen. I want to see a close-up of her nightstand. I'd pay to see inside her bathroom cabinet (I know!). She has that sort of amazingly artistic, inspiring way of curating everyday, normal items that is fascinating.

It reminds me a little how I felt upon looking at Mary Engelbreit's first Home Companion book (yes, I know that was a long, long time ago). I could pour over the pages of HC, and loved how Engelbreit decorated with humble thrift store items, well-loved toys from childhood, and handcrafted items. I felt excited when I saw something I already had and could use in a new way, or inspired to make something to brighten my own home. Beci Orpin's books might do that for me, in an updated way. Except Orpin's style is so quirky and particular, that if I decorated my home with kids' drawings, old buttons and doll heads my family would send me to the loony bin.

If Beci puts out more books, I will probably buy them. But next time, I hope she aims higher, and gives us either better crafts, or more style shots of her quirky home.

Still love ya, Beci.
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