Most helpful critical review
on 16 February 2015
Really, do not buy this. First of all, the layout of the book is appalling, every page identical and photographs that are neither helpful or descriptive in that they are too small, not sharp and not helpful. The writing style isn't descriptive either, if you're after a how to, or step by step guide, avoid this book. I actually bought this as a resource for my students but I shan't be using it. If you want a book that's dull, twee and baffling then this is it. Worst of all perhaps, is that the work in the book isn't even that good, all a bit overdone, no restraint. If you want something more fine art, just look at Joseph Cornell whose boxes are exquisite and inspiring, if you want something more crafty, then keep looking, this book is neither one nor the the other. What I get from this book is a sense of a very large ego and vanity project, the maker having a much higher opinion of his work than it deserves. Finally if you want dark and rusty and gnarly assemblage/collage - have a look at Dave McKean's stuff. Vastly superior to this.