Book sculptures: how to give pre-loved books a new life

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Book sculptures: how to give pre-loved books a new life
Book sculptures: how to give pre-loved books a new life
Book sculptures: how to give pre-loved books a new life


Sometimes the most beloved books end up damaged, broken or missing pages through years of use. But if they no longer serve their storytelling purpose, that needn't be the end of their creative life.

On this 2.5 hour taster workshop, artist Panna Chauhan will show you how to repurpose a pre-loved book into a beautiful sculpture. 

Panna discovered - and developed - her love for book folding while rehabilitating. The mindful process of gently folding and bending the pages of the damaged books she found helped her healing. She has since exhibited her book sculptures, and will share some of these with you on the day.

All materials are provided. If you have a small, hardback book you'd like to bring along, Panna can advise on the day whether it's suitable for using during this taster workshop. 

More information 

The Arienas Collective workshops are run from a supportive and welcoming home-based environment within Edinburgh’s City Centre Georgian New Town. We invite you to turn up, leave any day-to-day worries behind, and immerse yourself in creating something unique.

Spaces on our workshops are limited so that our artists and makers can offer you the hands-on help and support you need to make the most of your time with us. 

All the equipment and materials you will need are included in the price, unless stated otherwise, plus light refreshments (a selection of Shibui teas, coffee, hot chocolate and sweet or savoury snacks). On full day workshops you are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat inside or out, or there is a wide range of independent sit-in and takeaway cafés, delicatessens, local shops and supermarkets within a 5-10 minute walk.

PLEASE NOTE: Our workshop space is on the first-floor of a Georgian mews building and unfortunately we do not have lift access. The workshop space is in our home, which is not nut free. Please let us know of any skin or food allergies before booking.

Private workshop bookings

Most of our workshops are also available to book for small private get-togethers; themed wedding and birthday celebrations; corporate team building and well-being purposes; and as in-store retail events. For larger groups, many of our workshops can be brought to a location of your choice. Please email Lynn or phone 07732 901150 for more information.


  • Delivered In-Person

  • Beginner level


2 Dublin Meuse, EH3 6NW, United Kingdom, Edinburgh

About The Arienas Collective

The Arienas Collective
The Arienas Collective

The Arienas Collective is a creative workshop hub based in a beautiful, Georgian mews home in Edinburgh's historic New Town. The Collective was set up to help local artists and makers earn a living through sharing their creative skills and passions with others. Its name comes from Loch Arienas, a beautiful and remote spot in the Morvern area of the Scottish Highlands. We believe that engaging in creative activity is good for our health and wellbeing. ​ Our workshops suit beginners, returners and those who want to challenge their own creative practice. Group sizes are kept small, so that our artists and makers can give you the help and support you need to get the most from your experience. Join us to release your inner creative and you will leave having learned new skills, made new friends, and with a finished piece we hope you will feel proud of. We look forward to welcoming you to our home.

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Covid-19 Notice

Our COVID-19 re-opening guidelines can be downloaded from our website. Everyone running and attending workshops in The Arienas Collective need to comply with these guidelines.