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Sculptural creations leap from recycled books

One of last years recycled book creations, a guilt edged rose.

A competition which encourages people to turn unwanted books into works of art is being launched next week. People in Bath and North East Somerset are being urged to get creative and remake books into inspiring creations when they are no longer being read.

The idea was dreamt up by Bath and North East Somerset Council as a way of making use of books in their library service which have reached the end of their life. Though most find new homes via book sales, they say, a small number of the withdrawn books are being used in the competition which is open to all residents over the summer.

Amazing shapes like this tutor rose, can be created with paper used 'on end'.

It launches on Tuesday (May 27), with a recycled book clinic at Bath Central Library where staff from Bath craft emporium The Makery will be giving tips on the art of book recycling and paper crafts. Residents can pick up one of the ex-library books and have until August 30 to make anything they like. Previous years’ entrants have included flowers and clock-shapes made from the well-thumbed pages.

Rolling paper pages to create artwork, this works very well using magazines with lots of colour. 

Julia Burton, library service development manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for everyone, young or old, to get creative. Last year we received more than 100 entries for the competition including a great selection from local community groups.”

Classic origami used in this recycled book art to create a flock of birds flying from the pages.

To take part you must be a member of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s libraries and you have to use ex-library books supplied by the council’s library service. Apart from that you are free to remake your book in any way.

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By Lucy

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