Item description for Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book (Interior Design) by Ziggy Hanaor...
In today's consumer culture, virtually every possible need is catered for, and every style of clothing, accessory, and homeware is available at the local mall. It's all just a little bit too easy. The idea behind Making Stuff is to create a craft book for the twenty-first century. Rather than aiming at retired grannies with time on their hands, this book is for hip urbanites who are moving away from the wasteful ready-made mentality of Walmart, and are looking for something a bit more unique, a bit more responsible... something homemade.
The type of craft detailed in Making Stuff is a far cry from the usual macramd pot holders and crocheted baby booties. It is an eclectic mix of useful, funky, beautiful and outright weird things ranging from bread lampshades to denim skirts.
The first section of the book will explain the basics: how to knit, how to sew, how to do woodwork, how to make paper mach, how to embroider and cross-stitch and how to bake. The rest of the book will be a series of instructions and ideas that anyone can realize in their own home. Some of the ideas are: make a pinhole camera; knit a wrap; make a covered bead necklace; turn a pair of jeans into a denim skirt; knit a bikini; bake a lampshade; cross-stitched braces; make a sock monkey; make cool costumes; make dollhouse furniture.
These recipes and projects will be subdivided into sections according to the type of craft they fit into: knitting and needlework; for and with children; weird and wonderful; and creative recycling.
Using a combination of photography and illustration, alongside funky typefaces in a clean, accessible layout, the design of Making Stuff references the vaguely anarchic aesthetic of craft books of the 1970s without any sense of irony, finding an entirely new voice for a new generation of young people, who find inspiration in making something out of nothing.
Making Stuff brings a fresh, exciting approach to a sorely neglected genre. In the same way that cooking was brought into the public eye in the mid 90s by Delia Smith and Marco Pierre White, Making Stuff will be the book that brings craft back into the realm of cool
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7.5" Height: 10" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2006
Publisher Black Dog Publishing
ISBN 1904772617 ISBN13 9781904772613
Reviews - What do customers think about Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book (Interior Design)?
For Crafters Who Want to get OFFline Aug 7, 2007
The previous reviews had a lot of on target comments - I'd like to just challenge one issue a bit. Yes the projects are around in other forms online, but speaking for myself, I really enjoy getting offline and looking through a real book for ideas. It's a little stale to be clicking away through tutorials and endless google searches. I'd imagine especially for folks who want to craft with kids with a focus on real-life work.
If you would like to be able to close your computer, sit in a comfy chair and find some great ideas, this book would be a fun addition to your craft library. Lots of projects in all different categories and all different skill levels.
Not much new or interesting here. Jul 4, 2007
I really, really hate to write bad reviews but.... this book simply isn't worth the money.
The projects here aren't particularly interesting or inspiring and, in some cases, aren't even executed very well. Many of the basic ideas - sock monkeys, soap, recycling knitted garments and felting - are also featured in the obscene glut of other DIY/"renegade craft" publications out there these days. If you have any of those other books, then you have pretty much everything featured in Making Stuff.
As another reviewer mentioned, you are better off finding free online tutorials for most of the projects listed in the book. Sadly, the book just doesn't measure up to the price tag.
Disappointing Jun 28, 2007
I found this book rather disappointing. Great idea but not well executed. You would be better off looking for free patterns and tutorials online. I thought the photography seemed grungy and most of the projects didn't seem very interesting. There are much better options out there for the beginner or experienced crafter.