The art of transformation

WHEN the SCU library proposed throwing out a bunch of old books to make space for new ones, the Visual Arts department stepped in to save them and give them a new life.

The books have been "upcycled" and turned into everything from boats to birds' nests as part of an exhibition called Altered Books, Altered Spaces on display at the library and in Studio one29 in V-Block.

Associate lecturer Fiona Fell said in previous years SCU had been involved with a competition that attracted national and international entries which involved transforming old books into artworks.

However, this exhibition was a project given to second year students across a range of disciplines including digital art and design, 3D studies, printmaking and painting.

Clare Heaton managed to turn a series of old children's encyclopaedias into a thriving garden and also carve an owl out of books that had been glazed and burnt.

Theresa Bennett was inspired by watching her daughter doing French knitting and decided to use old art review magazines to knit a giant paper braid.

"I think it's a celebration of re-using books instead of seeing them thrown out," she said.

Theresa went to Lismore's tip shop where she found a set of crutches and a school desk that she modified into a spool for her knitting. After cutting pages from the magazines and folding them to make continuous lengths, she then started the process of knitting.

"Once you get started it doesn't take that long," she said.

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