Vintage recycling crafts
Oh readers, did I find a treasure for you this weekend. It's Alkema's Scrap Magic, printed in 1976. (And yes, that is a link to purchase a copy. The internet is magic.)
The back cover sells the book better than I can.
Wondering who Prof. Alkema is? Hoping there's an author photo? You are in luck.
As you might imagine, this book is full of vintage style and weirdness, as well as actual, legit great ideas.
Today's excerpt is taken from the latter half of a chapter about weaving.
I want to try the "Montezuma's Bench" thing, and then sell it via Anthropologie for $500.
"If you happen to have some deer antlers hanging round the house." Ah, the 70s, when everyone had so many deer antlers lying around, they didn't know what to do with all of them.
The next two pages are in color! Though, again, it's the 70's, so it's all a bit drab and earthy.
I like the idea in Illus. 203, of making smaller 2D "weavings" using wheat paste (or watered-down tacky glue, or wallpaper paste, as I prefer) and then stringing them together. Neat!
More to come.
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I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.