"AlternaCrafts" is a hip and fun craft book with an "indie spirit." Its 20-plus quirky projects and funky, bold graphic design target teenagers and twenty-somethings (as well as older crafters open to newfangled ways) who want to make their own unique mark on the world. Among the projects are a Jean-ius Bag (made from a pair of old jeans); Vegan Print Pillowcases (pillowcases printed with simple shapes cut from potatoes and other veggies); Chain Mail Cuffs (knitted metallic cuffs); and Knot Again (the 21st-century version of a macrame choker, embellished with nuts from the hardware store instead of traditional beads). With an emphasis on recycling, making projects from scratch, and improvisation - as well as reliable, detailed, easy-to-understand instructions - "AlternaCrafts" gives the newest generation of crafters the skills they need to self-express by shaping their own environments, whether they're working on their bodies, their bedrooms, their lockers at school, or their first apartments.
Jessica Vitkus is a writer and TV producer living in New York City. She writes craft stories for various Martha Stewart magazines and developed craft projects for Martha Stewart Living TV. She also helped create and produce "Craft Corner Deathmatch," a satirical craft game show on the Style Network. Jessica has worked as a writer/producer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Pop-Up Video," and countless MTV news stories and documentaries.
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