Cartoneras: South American cardboard book making workshop for Latino youth

Staff Reporter (11 May, 2019)

Small publishers began producing cardboard books in Buenos Aires after the financial crash in 2001.

29477Cartoneras are books made with cardboard covers.

A cardboard book movement that started in Latin America is being explored in a free presentation and workshop at the British Library on Friday 17 May, writes Josh Mellor…

Cartoneras is a book making style that uses photocopied pages and hand-painted recycled cardboard covers that originates from Argentina.

The event is aimed at Southwark and Lambeth based 13-19 year olds from the Latin American community and will begin with a presentation by academic and researcher Lucy Bell followed by a cartoneras making workshop.

The word ‘cartonera’ comes from the Spanish ‘cartoneros’ which means cardboarders, a reference to the waste pickers who made a living recycling cardboard after the 2001 Argentinian economic crisis.

The British Museum also holds a collection of cartoneras which will be available to view at the event.

It takes place between 3-5pm on Friday 17 May, to book and for more information visit:


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