SXSWedu Playground, Austin, TX
March 9, 2015

SXSWedu is an open forum for sharing big ideas that inspire change. And, this year, we’re partnering with SXSWedu to offer a thought-provoking complement to the higher education discussions. In the SXSWedu Playground, we’ll be displaying two sculptural pieces crafted from… discarded college textbooks. On March 9th and 12th, two origami artists– Dylan Drake & Gabriel Frampton –will turn textbook pages into origami sculptures. Come by, see the textbook origami and we’ll teach you to fold something simple that we’ll add to a giant community sculpture! And on March 10th and 11th, festival participants are invited to engage with an assortment of playful props upcycled from old college textbooks. You can pick a favorite… or two, hop into our photo booth with your best pose, and have your picture taken.


If you’re going to the festival, we hope to see you in the Playground. And we would like to encourage you to help us get the word out and inspire change by sharing, tweeting and selfies with some upcycled textbooks. You can also help by signing our digital petition in the Participate section of



Nous 2014 (There’s no why Here)

Jacqueline Rush Lee

Manipulated Philosophy Book, Ink, Graphite

Photo: Paul Kodama


*We would like to thank artists, Jacqueline Rush Lee and Ching Ching Cheng for generously allowing us to display their upcycled textbook artworks.


More About SXSWedu

“The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu works to promote creativity and social change.”