Crafters and artists of all ages can make their own altered books Friday, March 19, through our latest ReadCycle workshop at the Main Library. The workshop runs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the large auditorium.
Altered books are a form of mixed media art. Altered book artists take old books and use found and recycled materials, plus different techniques, to transform them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self expression. Artists choose from many techniques—including cutting, gluing, tearing, painting, drawing, stamping, and sculpting—and types of found and recycled objects—like ribbons, photographs, inks, paints, papers, fabrics, and mementos—when creating their altered books.
Participants in the March 19 ReadCycle event at Main will make beautiful works of art out of found objects, including old library books. During this program, visual artists from the Upstate Artists Guild will present a hands-on workshop on how to make altered books using a variety of found and recycled materials. Crafters and artists of all ages are welcome to attend this free program. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own found items and memorabilia to use in creating their altered books.
Another ReadCycle program is set for Friday, April 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Howe Branch Library at 105 Schuyler Street. This program will provide returning and new participants with studio time and materials to work on their altered books art projects.
ReadCycle: Albany Alters Books, A Community Art Project kicked off in February at the Pine Hills Branch Library. The Delaware Branch Library also hosted a workshop, and the Howe Branch Library will offer one in April. The project will make its way around to all of Albany’s libraries this year.
Albany Public Library’s ReadCycle altered books community art project is made possible in part through a Community Art$Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.