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Home-Made Europe: Contemporary Folk Artifacts Hardcover – 30 Apr 2012
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Across 256 pages, this small but enlightening anthology brings together such DIY "products" as an outdoor shower assembled from school bus doors; and a makeshift table topped with a street sign, which looks as if it belongs in a hipster loft.--David Dick-Agnew "Azure " The objects we buy are supposed to tell us something about who we are. But they don't tell us half as much as the objects we make, as even a quick flick through Home-Made Europe: Contemporary Folk Artifacts reveals. Here are everyday things people have fashioned with their own hands. Heaters, hammers, anchors, rat-traps, barbecues, showers and goalposts. They range from the pitiful - a child's grill for corn on the cob, rigged out of wires bent over tea lights - to the technically impressive - one man made a fridge. This is a catalogue of human resourcefulness.--Justin McGuirk "The Guardian " Home-made Europe, by Vladimir Arkhipov, is a humble tribute to home-spun DIY. The Russian artist criss-crossed Europe to find ordinary people who have addressed their household needs with extraordinary inventions, often involving bits of other household objects.--Editors "Wallpaper* "
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9 November 2016
I loved this book because it shows how inventive we all can be when presented with a practical problem, such as removing cobwebs in a room with a high ceiling, or rolling a lawn or sharpening a chisel...Each quirky object was found by the author in his travels around Europe, and he gives a photo of each hand-made product and its inventor, with a brief description of how it was made from common materials. Lawn rollers for example, can be made from a short length of plastic pipe filled with sand or concrete and provided with a handle and axle. There are several home-made sledges built from wood offcuts, a common project for fathers to provide for their children at low cost. The book is full of such great ideas for anyone good with tools, and having a creative imagination.