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Book Wall, at iQ Leeds | books, bookwall, interior design, debbie smyth

Last month I worked with Naomi Cleaver on an interesting project for iQ Leeds to design and install a wall made completely out of books, which I think you will agree, is very different to my usual pin and thread work. I have worked with Naomi of various jobs before including Flight Paths for iQ Shoreditch ,amongst others

I sourced the books from my local book recycling depot, all 2 tonnes of them.  Us and our lorry load of books headed up to Leeds to install the wall in the new study room before the start of the new term. It was a bit liked dry stone walling having to find the right size book to fit into various nooks and crannies. And without much further ado, here are the results.

The room was still a bit of a building site when we left with carpets yet to be fitted, furniture added and lighting installed, but I don’t think this effects the overall look of the wall

I managed to get a shot of myself with the wall as a backdrop which gives you an idea of the epic scale of this task. It took myself and an assistant  3 long days, copious amounts of Gripfill, lots of pva, thousands of books, and shed load of determination to get this 8 metre long book wall built in time, but I enjoyed every second. Hope you like it

I AM A THREAD TOO SLENDER TO SUSPEND ALL THIS REALITY

summer #1

project/ten, cardiff’s only roaming gallery, will be settling for three weekends in june, taking residence in a warehouse on northcote lane, cardiff.


opening hours: every friday 8 – 11pm and saturday 1 – 11pm from june 11 – 26; entrance through milgi, 213 city road and from northcote lane, cardiff.


this, the gallery’s second pop-up exhibition, will be a continually changing exhibition in respect that sold work is replaced and walls refreshed throughout. summer #1 will also introduce the collective’s latest additions – new artist from west wales, ben lloyd; matt needle, a graphic designer boasting an impressive list of clients that include nike, reiss clothing and tiger beer; and carwyn evans, who recently graduated with a masters from the royal college of art, london.


as well as exhibiting new work from the growing collective each weekend will feature a large-scale site specific installation which promises to make this exhibition bigger, better and bolder and will build on the foundation laid by the first pop-up.


all are welcome to the official launch at the milgi warehouse on friday june 11 from 8-11pm where debbie smyth’s( thats me!!!) outstanding and intricate nail and thread work will be produced on-site in a ‘live pinning.’


all work is for sale with prices ranging from £15 – £4500 and can be viewed at our new look website www.project-ten.co.uk