CraftSanity Podcast 148: A chat with artist and book lover, Lisa Occhipinti

by jennifer
Photo by Little Italian Pirates

Photo of Lisa Occhipinti by Little Italian Pirates

imgres-1Lisa Occhipinti loves books of the printed variety. She reads them, collects them and creates art inspired by them. In her new book, “Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating and Crafting with Books,” Lisa once again pays homage to the printed word. As you may recall, Lisa wrote and illustrated “The Repurposed Library,” which was published in 2011 by STC Craft.

Working with the same publisher, Lisa has expanded on the topic of crafting with books. “Novel Living” ($24.95,144 pages) is divided into four chapters: collecting books, creating a library, preserving and conserving and crafting with books.

I love how Lisa gives instructions for creating an old school card catalog and offers clever ways to work books into home decor. From lighted display boxes and an organizing carousel fashioned from a lazy Susan, to a headboard made out of discarded book spines and book page table linens, the projects are very appealing to those of us who love books.


“Retellings” – composite photography with hand-embroidery by Lisa Occhipinti

Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear how a little girl who didn’t like to read ended up falling in love with books. During our conversation, Lisa talks about “Novel Living,” her art, her love of books and her creative journey. As an added bonus she also tells us where we can get supplies to catalog our own home libraries. So grab a project and a cup of tea and settle in for a lovely chat.

IMG_3151And the winners are…. Congrats to CraftSanity listener Kristyn for posting a comment under last weeks show to win a copy of “DIY Holiday” magazine. I’m sending two more copies of this fun new publication to CraftSanity’s Patreon sponsors Nadia S. and Amy W., too.

As I mentioned on the last podcast, individuals who sponsor the show are automatically entered into every giveaway I host. That’s one of the perks of supporting the show.


acshomeandwork-300x124Gratitude: A special thanks to my Patreon sponsors and my ACS Home and Work, for sponsoring this podcast. I discovered ACS when I was looking for a local source for flour sack tea towels for printmaking and embroidery purposes. I’m very happy to be supporting a West Michigan-based company with my business and now ACS is stepping in to sponsor the CraftSanity Podcast through the end of the year. (Thank you!!)

IMG_2498Local West Michigan listeners can shop ACS products at the Red Door, 6837 Lake Michigan Dr, in Allendale Charter Township. It’s the ACS outlet and also a pickup location for locals who want to order flour sack tea towels and other goods and skip the shipping costs. Visit Red door for a variety of tea towels and other home goods.

Tell Me Your Handmade Story! I’m always looking for show ideas and interesting people to interview. Email me your podcast and magazine story ideas and make my day. I love hearing from creative people around the globe.

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