In 2009 Garth Johnson and Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books put out a call to the upcycling and artist communities around the world for ideas and photos of the best 21st Century craft and design products, all made with recycled, upcycled, repurposed and reused items. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was published in late 2009 for use by design professionals and creative enthusiasts—crafters, artists, and designers—or anyone inspired by the practice of re-purposing. This incredible resource contains the best examples of upccyled paper and book arts, jewelry, clothing, home and personal accessories, furniture, art, and miscellanea. Purchase the book here. Learn more about the author by visiting Garth Johnson's blog or his website extremecraft.com. Here's what some folks have had to say about 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse:
"I picked this book up from the library and I really liked it! Most 'recycling other stuff for crafts' books give detailed instructions on how the project can be redone. I don't always like that because it takes away from the creative process. This book has relatively no words in it at all. Page after page of images with the artist's name and country equals 1000 IDEAS, not 1000 projects you should copy. Bravo."
- Elise on goodreads.com
"What great book! So artistically amazing - I got so many great ideas from it. I would definitely recommend it to people who love arts & crafts.The book contains only photos, no craft instructions. It is more like an arts & crafts exhibit showing creative works from artists all over the world. Just to give you an idea: Necklace made from cards, barbie parts (face/lips) necklaces, table cloth made of Splenda packages, handbags made out of zippers...You get the idea - it's really epic!"
- Dominique on goodreads.com
"I recommend glancing through this book to give your own creativity a super charged green boost."