Story by Choiceful Rotterdam
The idea of what would later become ‘About: Blanks’ started in 2013. At that time, I was studying at the Willem de Kooning Academie and spent a lot of time in the central library in Rotterdam.
One day, I discovered a stack of old books that the library wanted to get rid of for a couple of euros. I have always been fascinated by the look, texture and smell of old book covers, so I walked over to take a look. Most of the books were from the early 1900s. Back then, it was common to not only bind books, but also magazines, newspapers or theater plays for preservation reasons. Therefore, not all of them had a title, but a fairly plane cover design which reminded me of a notebook. That was the moment when I thought: ‘If these books are not read anymore, wouldn’t it be nice to at least give these beautiful covers a new life?’
Not a book: a Notebook!
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About: #Repost @choiceful.rotterdam ??? What shall we do with all the old books that nobody reads anymore and that spend the rest of their lives collecting dust in our parent’s attic or library shelves? ? Isn’t there a way to preserve their beauty, their distinctive smell and their personal history? We feel blessed to have come across Kjell Betlem from @aboutblanks who does not only draw attention to these forgotten treasures, but also gives them a new life. . Curious about what he made of them? Get ready for our next story on Thursday! . You really can’t wait to see? Find the pictures and the entire interview in the bio.? . #choicefulrotterdam #choiceful #rotterdam #aboutblanks #sustainablenotebooks #recycledbooks #sustainabledesign #sustainablebusiness