Repurpose old books into beautiful, functional works of art.

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Class meets Saturday & Sunday 1:00 -4:00 EDT

This two-half-day, weekend workshop will focus on how to repurpose old books into beautiful and functional works of art. The first part of the class will explore sculptural, folded books. You’ll learn basic paper-folding techniques as well as strategies for creating a unique design with the pages of a recycled book. Folded-page books are a great way to make book art at home with minimal tools and supplies. 

The second part of the class will delve into altered books. We will learn a variety of ways to glue and cut, fold and curl, add and remove, hide and expose, paint and draw, and ultimately alter and repurpose an old book. You can use these techniques and ideas to create unique altered book displays or to use them to hold small tokens.

Tools & Supplies:

  • 2 old books (look for strong paper, try folding a little corner to see if it tears, a nice hard cover design/color, good binding, and nothing too big or too small so around 200-500 pages, can find at a thrift store, old readers digest books are a good example of what to look for)
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil
  • Bone Folder 
  • X-acto Blade 
  • Glue
  • Photographs (optional)
  • Optional: stamping/printing materials, colored pencils, pens/markers, found objects, drill, needle/thread, etc.

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Instructor: Carly Frei

Carly Frei loves creating art with old books and also enjoys painting and using any other kind of materials to make art that you can imagine! She has a degree in art education from Luther College where she was first introduced to book art through a book making class. Carly taught middle school art for 5 years and has a passion for helping students create through their own inspirations. She also has her own business, Fiction Reshaped (, where she creates book art from recycled books. Besides creating art she loves spending time with her family, reading, watching movies, and playing with their dog and cat.