Students give old books a new chapter as artwork



Turning old books into works of art, the creations of Jackson College art students are on display at the Jackson District Library’s Eastern Branch March 15 through April 15 in a presentation entitled The Art of the Book.

A dozen students in Professor Tom McMillen-Oakley’s Art 201 three-dimensional design class repurposed old books from the William Atkinson Library into works of art. Students have worked on similar projects, but have never been tapped by the library before. Books were given a second life by the students. There is a huge trend in the arts and crafts movement to repurpose items, from wooden shipping pallets to glass bottles and more.

The trend is called “upcycling.”

“The students were thrilled to do this, and the results show in their finished product,” said McMillen-Oakley. “I love the collaborative effort between the JDL and JC, it’s what our community needs.”

View the student book creations at the Jackson District Library Eastern Branch, 3125 E. Michigan Ave., Jackson. Books will also travel to various branches and for a schedule, visit the Studio Art Facebook page.


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