Repurpose- Paperback Books

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There are lots of fun ways to repurpose old books. For this simple project, I covered a few discarded paperbacks in hand-printed art paper from Blick. I left two issues in their new dust jackets. With the third, I added a leather tie attached to the spine by a tiny brass fastener. Later I’ll fill the book pages with messages written in marker (going right over the original text) and images from magazines.

What You Need-

Printed paper, scissors (if you need to cut the paper), leather ribbon (available at craft stores like Jo-ann’s), pencil, sewing pins and small fasteners.

Process-

Remember covering books for school? The same method applies here.

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 If you want to add the tie- Cut a length of leather ribbon. Find the midway point and put a hole through the leather with a sewing pin. Take a tiny fastener and slip it into the hole. On the printed cover, mark with a pencil the center of the book spine. Pierce the right side of the paper with the fastener. Carefully fold back the metal wings. Replace your dust jacket flap. Close up book with the leather tie.

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(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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Inspired By…

…Walker Evans’ Portrait of Lucille, Alabama 1936.

Walker Evans, like his peer Dorothea Lange, spent the Depression photographing the desperate plight of rural farmers. His image of ten year old Lucille makes this all the more poignant. Five years after Evans met Lucille, she was married, pregnant and still in the cotton field. At thirty she was a grandmother. In 1971, the year Evans had a retrospective at the Modern Museum of Modern Art, Lucille died. Despite the sad outcome of Lucille’s life, her 1936 portrait radiates youthful optimism and hope.

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Fashion details-Model Abbi wears a sleeveless dress from Gap Kids. Hat is by Tula.

(Right Photo- Walker Evans. Left Photo & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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