Jules creates art from books


ENVIRONMENTAL artist Jules Simmons used a unique arts fair to display her book sculptures.

Jules turns secondhand books into art using similarly unwanted wood.

Origami brings the pages to life and the wood becomes the support.

Among the items she had on show at the first Crafty Pint event on bank holiday Monday was a kinetic sculpture.

The support only stood up with the book in place. “It’s to show the balance that is needed in the world,” said Bognor resident Jules.

“We are not in balance at all. If we thought about it, we could turn them to better use when we have finished with them.”

Another of her exhibits was a Bible turned to the Book of Ruth in honour of the recent ordination service for women at Chichester Cathedral.

“I want to show rubbish can be recycled into something new. If you can amuse the public, you can educate them later,” said Jules. The Crafty Pint attracted ten exhibitors to The Waverley pub, in Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis.

Scores of paintings were displayed as well as home accessories, cupcakes, works from a junksmith and handmade walking sticks.

The event was held by Bognor artist Martin Snook.

He said about 100 people had looked around.

“The day has been brilliant considering it’s the first one. We only arranged it in a short time and I’m delighted with the way it’s gone,” he said.

Future fairs will be held from June 8 at 10am thanks to licensee Justin Jennings. Contact Martin on 07462 277828 for a space.