The Art of the Book


The New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association presents

The Art of the Book: A Repurposed Literary Challenge

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., artists and craftspeople will compete in several categories translating recycled materials into their interpretation of books. Join us as we celebrate the beauty and trans-formative nature of the written word! The event will take place in IDIYA, a Maker Space Studio located at 2703 S. Broad St., New Orleans, Louisiana. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Safe and well lit parking is available close to the studio.

Entries will include everything from traditional books to decorative and altered shapes and wearable art. All submissions will be auctioned to support the projects of the local WNBA chapter including literacy initiatives, author discussions, and educational lectures and presentations for writers and those interested in the publishing industry. One half the winning bids will be presented to the artists. IDIYA staff will be on hand to discuss their mission and to provide an introduction to their services and space. Attendees will be encouraged to contribute a page to the ongoing WNBA art book during the evening. Local food and music will round out the third annual event.

Awards will be announced at 8:30 p.m. and a prize packet valued at over $250 including full media coverage and professional photos of the winning piece will be presented to the grand prize winning artist.

A silent auction including books, original art, gift certificates, and other enticing items will close at 8:45 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the WNBA initiatives.

Tickets are only $10, and may be purchased in advance or at the door. IDIYA members may purchase individual tickets at half price in advance. For more information on purchasing tickets, please e-mail or use the purchase button below..

Calling for Submissions!

We’re currently accepting submissions until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016. Artists should use at least 50% recycled materials, and submissions should be an artistic representation of a book. The five categories that will be judged are:

  1. Traditional: A ‘classic’ book with readable text and turn-able pages.
  2. Art Book: Looks like or represents a book.
  3. Decorative Items: The book has been used as the medium; not necessarily readable. It may be carved, painted, or altered in some way.
  4. Wearable Art: Accessories
  5. Wearable Art: Clothing

An application form and a $20 registration fee is required for all submissions. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. See our Calling for Submissions page for official rules and submission form.

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