A trainee art teacher has transformed unwanted books into art at a school in Southgate. She has just graduated from her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) course.
More than 100 pieces of ‘book art’ were created by pupils and staff at Southgate School under the supervision of Middlesex University trainee art and design teacher Claire Rhodes. She was an artist in residence while on a placement as part of the teaching and learning outside the classroom aspect of the course.
Using out of date books from the school’s library Claire demonstrated to the school’s students and staff that a book can be more than just a book. Together they created sculptures – which were exhibited in the library.
Claire (26), who currently lives in Maidenhead, said: “Being given the chance to fully explore an aspect of your own artist practice within a community such as a school is an immensely rewarding opportunity. Stepping out of the teacher role for two weeks allowed me to realise and experiment with book art ideas that I have held for a long time
“A physical book is a multi-faceted object that presents a wide variety of opportunities. You can explore the information contained within, explore the book’s physical history, or even explore its previous owners. But you can also rip it apart, cut it to pieces, twist the pages together and create your own sequence of information or develop a new story.”
Before the PGCE course Claire worked as an operations manager for a multi-million pound clothing company in Oxford.