Recycled Style! Giving Old Books New Life!
Book art has recently been having a moment. Artists have really been pulling out all the stops when it comes to our favorite books.
Enter any book store and you can find so many novelty (pun intended) book products. T-shirts with quotes, scenes, or re-imagined covers printed on the fronts. Purses made out of old book covers. Earrings made from tiny books and pages. It has suddenly become popular not just to read the hottest book–but to wear it as well! This week during teen time we are making old books new again by creating so cool book art. We’ve taken some books that have been discarded from the collection, pulled them apart and put our own creative spin on these works of art. Take for example this old copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We’ve removed the page and drawn a simplistic, yet bold 221B. over the text–representative of the famous Holmes’ address in London on Baker St.
You can be as creative or simplistic as you like! Your imagination is the limit for these bookish works of art. Not into drawing? You can cut up other pages or illustrations and paste the shapes onto another page to create your image. Check out this print I’ve purchased from Schuler’s book store. It’s a scene from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in which the scene is created by the words of the text! There are so many ways to breathe new life into old books.
Join us this coming Thursday, September 21st from 3-5 in the library annex to create some awesome bookish works of art!