Inspiration Ensures Library Is No Longer A Closed Book

03 March 2015

The historical architecture of Wakefield’s Drury Lane library and the social history of the area have formed the inspiration behind a series of limited edition engraved decorative wall pieces, created by nationally acclaimed artist and designer, Daniel Heath.

Daniel specialises in wallpapers and interior furnishings with recent bespoke commissions including work for clients including high-end shoe designer Rupert Sanderson, Panasonic Europe and The Design Museum in London. He even counts Fashion Designer, Stella McCartney as a fan of his work.

Daniel has been commissioned by The Art House to create the series of limited edition works. The finished pieces are being sold to raise valuable funds to support the final stages of the Old Library’s transformation, which is being lovingly restored and adapted to accommodate 34 fully accessible artists’ studios and public spaces.

Crafted by Daniel in a studio within Wakefield’s Art House building, the decorative wall hangings were made using The Art House’s state of the art Laser Cutter and Print Studio using reclaimed wood from the original library shelving. Three designs have been developed with just 45 pieces created in total, reflecting the finite quantity of the salvaged material.

Heidi Waddington, Marketing and Communications Manager at The Art House comments:

“We were really excited to welcome Daniel to The Art House and to see him create the finished decorative pieces. Drury Lane Library inspired generations of readers so it was fitting that the art that we create to support its transformation was inspired by the building too. Daniel’s work is beautiful and so are the finished pieces.”

Daniel comments:

 “I really enjoyed combining screen printing and laser cutting together for a salvaged outcome – the opportunity to work on something that is an amalgamation of three of my favourite processes was a real treat.  It’s been lovely to be able to use a material that people who used the Library will recognise. Although the design references the building, the salvaged material form the old library bookshelves with which I worked, was actually part of the building for many years – I like that narrative cycle.”

The engraved decorative wall pieces can be purchased singularly or as a modular piece. They join a collection of exclusive items that can be purchased through The Art House. Other pieces for sale include limited edition hand printed tea towels, laser cut lapel badges and screen prints, which have been designed by local artists. All proceeds from the sale of the works will go to support the final phase of the Old Library project.