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Lisa Oc­chip­inti’s love af­fair with books be­gan as a child, but it be­came a life­long pas­sion when she was a stu­dent at the School of Fine Arts, Bos­ton as the tomes took on new shapes and iden­ti­ties in her hands. The cre­ative process re­sulted in one- of- a- kind col­lec­tion called The Re­pur­posed Li­brary with ev­ery­thing from i- Pad cov­ers, shelves, lights and vases made from hard­back books col­lected by the de­signer at yard sales, li­braries and thrift stores. When asked about her tech­nique, Oc­chip­inti says, “Very ba­sic tools and sup­plies are all you need to cre­ate ma­jor­ity of the projects. Just glue, scis­sors, craft knife and clamps. The gist be­ing that unique art does not have to be ex­pen­sive.” She re­tails the ob­jects through e- com­merce web­site Etsy and has pa­trons around the world in­clud­ing an in­stal­la­tion made out of mo­bile cov­ers which was on dis­play in South Africa. “All of my work is one- off cre­ations. I do not wish to mass pro­duce as that would un­der­mine its en­tire premise: that of thought­ful­ness and crafts­man­ship,” says Oc­chip­inti.

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