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Little Free Library for swimming pool

Here is another Little Free Library, my third one, this time for Runnymede Swimming Pool in Essex. They asked for a swimming theme which I really enjoyed putting together. I painted a synchronised swimming team on each side, a happy floating man with his belly sticking up on the back and a pattern of assorted swimmers on the top, complete with a little dog doing doggy paddle. I’ve been a bit tardy posting this as it was erected in September last year! I hope it’s still being enjoyed by all the visitors.




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I think these characters would make a lovely pattern, especially as something like a gift wrap.

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I think the character in the spotty bathing suit was my favourite to draw:


Although I really liked this guy too!

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Here is a page from my sketchbook with some of the original drawings:

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You can see the library in situ on Little Free Library’s twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/LFLProject/status/641586876793679873

Little Free Library for Woolwich

Here’s the new library for Woolwich.  It is being hosted on Red Lion Lane and so a red lion theme was requested.

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Here’s how it happened:


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Little Free Library on TV

The Little Free Library project was featured on London Live this week and I feel very pleased that the library that I decorated was one of those featured.  Here (in the link as I can’t make the dratted thing embed!) we are talking about it in sunny Walthamstow, E17








Hare, bear, pear now for sale

I’ve redrawn Hare, bear, pear as a digital repeat pattern which is now available on cushions, cups and saucers, shirts, bags and various other bits and bobs via Art Rookie.  And Little Free Library have a new website if you’d like to see the original painting in situ


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Little Free Library

Hare, bear & pear repeat pattern Little Free Library

For the E17 Art Trail this year there will be a series of little libraries across Walthamstow for people to borrow books to read, their motto – Take a book, return a book.  I was lucky enough to be one of the artists to decorate one of these lovely little things.  Here are some pictures including a particularly uncomplimentary one of me writing its name on it (thanks BF!)  It will be in Cleveland Park Ave in time for the opening of the Art Trail on 31st May.

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