This month at my library, we are displaying some amazing repurposed book art from Carolyn McHugh. Here is her artist statement:
Every year Americans fill enough garbage trucks to form a line that would stretch from the earth halfway to the moon, and each year tons of unwanted books find their way into landfills. Happily, not all books have to meet that fate. With a little creativity, a little energy, and a little time, many formerly-loved books can be Repurposed.
In the Repurposed-Books-As-Art Display Carolyn McHugh, artist and member of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors, demonstrates how used books from thrift shops, books sales, and garage sales found a new purpose in life. Carolyn assures the viewer that Repurposing is easy, that no sacred writings, first-editions, Pulitzer Price novels, or tomes of any historical or social value need be used in the process, and that every part of the book—the cover, the spine, the pages—can be utilized to create a functional, artistic, or whimsical item.
The Repurposed-Books-As-Art Display challenges all book lovers to pause before relegating a book to a landfill-fate and think of a creative way to give it a new lease on life.
What new fate can you give a book?