Old Books: New Art — Creating “Altered Books”

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UPDATE JUNE 6: Registration is full for this workshop.

For centuries books have reigned as the ultimate portal to knowledge and imagination.  Now these once treasured objects are heading to landfills by the truckload. But what else can happen to a book when it is no longer wanted?

Upcycled into art objects, books can take on entirely new meanings. Torn apart, drilled into, dissolved in water, nailed, wired or glued together, collaged, painted, cut or folded, this widely available, inexpensive medium can unlock creativity in unexpected ways.

Join “altered book” artist Karen Langlois for a look at some of her own work as well as work by other artists and makers.  Then choose from a roomful of rescued books (or bring your own) and start exploring this fun and inspiring way of making art.


Date: Saturday, June 15

Time: 1:00 – 4:00

Location: The Blockhouse School Project, 63 School Road, Blockhouse, NS

Contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required or 902 935-2111


Facilitator:  Karen Langlois is a local artist who loves working with found materials.  While attending Toronto School of Art she was horrified to learn that her teacher expected her to wreck a perfectly good book.  Her recent exhibition at The Black Duck Gallery in Lunenburg was entirely created from an old copy of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

The videos below feature some of Karen’s work with books.

More links to amazing book art are below the videos. Feel free to add more in the comments.

Also included in the workshop will be a brief tour of The Blockhouse School Project where we will see innovative construction projects using books diverted from landfill.

More amazing book art to inspire you:

Edinburgh-based graphic design student Thomas Wightman has produced a trio of astounding book sculptures for his graduation project.


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