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Artist Justine Cook with the birds she has made from the pages of withdrawn books, which are hanging in Clitheroe Library.'Photo Ben Parsons
Artist Justine Cook with the birds she has made from the pages of withdrawn books, which are hanging in Clitheroe Library.'Photo Ben Parsons
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A FLOCK of origami birds, made from the pages of withdrawn books, is “flying” high in Clitheroe Library.

Every year many books are withdrawn from the shelves of the libraries as they are worn and damaged. They are sometimes salvaged through book sales if not they are disposed of. Inspired by many artists who now use second-hand books to create artworks, artist Justine Cook was commissioned to create the artwork of origami birds. The main inspiration for the piece is the flight of fantasy a person takes when reading a book. Justine’s inspiring previous work has been displayed at the RHS Tatton Flower Shower, Liverpool’s Bluecoat Art Centre and the Clitheore Castle Well Commission based in the Atrium Cafe.

As well as the library display, Ribble Valley high schools were invited to work with Justine to create their own flock of birds within their own schools and libraries – creating inspiring flights of fantasy around the borough. She visited Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Bowland High School, Grindleton. Working with the pupils, she introduced them to her practice and the new commission at the library, followed by a practical session creating the origami birds from a pre-designed pattern. The class then created their own flock of birds that could be installed within the school.

n If you would like the origami bird pattern to create your own flock, then contact Katherine Rodgers, arts development officer at Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 443071, or e-mail arts.development@ribblevalley.gov.uk