AN ARTIST is relishing a new challenge after an article in the Journal caught the eye of a support worker.

Kate Bufton makes sculptures out of old and unwanted books and has been working with charity Future Steps at Leigh Sports Village since a member of staff spotted an article about her work and workshops she was running at Chester Zoo.

Not only has Kate been delivering a series of paper-based workshops for users of the skills charity but she will also be sharing her passion with adult learners at Lowton CE High School in September.

Kate, who lives in Lowton, said: “I'm really excited to be able to give something back to the area that has supported me and helped me to develop as a professional artist.

"I think it is a great opportunity for others to learn from artists and to share skills.

“I hope the learners are inspired by the paper creations and continue to make them once the course has finished.”

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Over 10 workshops, Kate hopes to teach the learners a variety of new skills including book sculpting, bookmaking and binding.

“The workshops will show them how to manipulate and fold the pages of old books to transform them into unique and innovative sculptures,” said the 26-year-old.

“This is how I first started out sculpting and experimenting with old books.

“We will also explore simple elements of bookmaking and binding, I also appreciate the book as a form and to make them is just wonderful.”

The workshops, which cost £40 for all 10, will start on Wednesday, September 17, and participants will need to enrol on the course at an enrolment evening on Wednesday, September 3, from 4.45pm until 7pm.

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