Richmond Library inaugrual Book Art competition attracts 34 entries

Richmond Library promotions assistant Pania Konecna holds the Book Art competition section winning entry by Penny Sturrock.
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Richmond Library promotions assistant Pania Konecna holds the Book Art competition section winning entry by Penny Sturrock.

A choppy Lake Wakatipu, near Queenstown, gave artist Penny Sturrock the idea for her winning entry in the inaugural Book Art competition at Richmond Library.

Sturrock, of Richmond, won the best use of 3D elements section of the competition with her creation that includes waves, balloons and a boat.

"The wind had got up," she said of the Lake Wakatipu scene.

An image of that rough water was in Sturrock's mind when she returned to Richmond and started work on her entry.

"I had plenty of ideas," she said. "I was experimenting with different techniques. I was trying to make it look so different [and] give it volume."

Sturrock's design evolved over six to eight weeks as she did a little most days for the competition, which she described as "fantastic".

"What else is going to happen to the books?"

Other winners were Josephine Tucker, for the best entry that related to the story in the book used, and Sarah Haycock, for best use of paper craft.

Entrants were encouraged to let their wildest creative inclinations loose on old, discontinued library books during the free competition between late February and late April.

Promotions Assistant Pania Konecna said the event attracted about 34 entrants.

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"We had no idea what the result would be but we hoped that people would see the creative possibilities in the books," Konecna said. "Fortunately, the idea of taking an old book and turning it into a work of art really captured people's imaginations. We were completely blown away by the dozens of beautiful entries we received."

The competition judges found it challenging to choose just one winner in each of the three categories.

Buoyed by the success of the inaugural event, the Book Art competition was likely to be continued in other years, she said.

Prizes were donated by Richmond businesses Impressions Picture Framers & Art Supplies and Paper Plus, as well as Takaka Take Note.

Sturrock said she had won a $50 Impressions voucher and was considering what the buy. She added that she was keen to enter future Book Art competitions.

The entries are to be on display in glass cabinets at Richmond Library until Tuesday.

 - Stuff

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