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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

Ellesse 50th Anniversary Party, ROME

To celebrate the iconic sportswear brand 50th anniversary I was whisked off to Rome, pins and hammer in hand to thread a wall with the ” make it beautiful, make it better” statement. Below are some photos of me working on the piece at the amazing venue, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome.


And some pics of the final piece…..simplier than some of my previous work but just as effective I think….bold blocky colour…fun fun

Other highlights were Claire Levision Gendler’s amazing paper tennis dress based on Eva Lai’s lovely illustration, both pictured below….

Ellesse also snagged Si Scott to develop this illustration to launch their Call For Entries design competition to mark their 50th Anniversary, pictured below
Did I mention the amazing venue? Spot the celebrity…Pat Cash is in there….

Uber cool music by Crazy P

Some strike a pose shots from the night….


and after a few cocktails….
And finally, a big big thank you to my boyfriend Zac who I took with me as a treat for his birthday and ended up roping him in to helping me. Heres a pretty picture he took from the plane….

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Thanks Ellesse for organising such a great event and I look forward to working with you again in the future..