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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

Embroidery Magazine – Monumental Textiles

Lovely feature in this months embroidery magazine. Article entitled Monumental Textiles and  you will see me “pulling strings with my Flight Paths piece for iQ Shoreditch featured amongst some of these textile greats,  #christo #chiharushiota #alicekettle #dohosuh #shaunarichardson #gabrieldawe #kaarinakaikkonen #clairemorgan #elanatsui

Thanks for the lovely write up Jo Hall!

 

 

Also check out the beautiful front cover image by #janetechelman.

Cowarth Park

This is a very exciting commission I completed last year and was very different to a lot of things I had previously done. I worked with Interior designers at Fox Linton to produce 5 floor to ceiling panels depicting bulrushes for Cowarth Park Spa foyer.
Here are some photos

And thats that…….visit the Cowarth Park website to see more and also keep an eye out for the May Hotels by Design supplement in House & Garden magazine where there will be a wee write up on the commission

YSH LONDON TEN


Come see me at London Design Festival
Read on for more details….

An innovative Textiles, Fashion and Interiors exhibition featuring Ten of the best UK-based designers, artists and recent graduates. Held at the exclusive Westbourne Studios, London from the 21st of September to the 25th 10am to 6pm, come and view these ten leading designers and artists amongst the amazing exhibition space of Westbourne Studios.
Concetta Gallo / Berit Greinke / Arantza Vilas / Pippa Caley / Marie Molterer / Laura Thomas / Ella Robinson / Kitty Joseph / Chloe Scadding / Debbie Smyth
Ysh London will also be exhibiting street fashion photographs from contributors based in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, and www.yshlondon.com will be online at the exhibition for visitors to try out.
Exhibitors are hosting a pop-up shop containing amazing take-me-home treats; after shopping at our pop-up shop, feel free to relax in the member’s only plush Westbourne Studio’s bar afterwards!
Free admittance- Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London, W10 5JJTube; Westbourne Park – Hammersmith and city lineBus; 28, 31 and 328
And here’s a little glimspe of some of the new work I will have on show…

Private View – Monday 21st 6-9pm…hopefully see you there….!