In my initial discussions regarding the Little Free Library, my client asked that since the library would be situated next to a community garden, that it resemble a garden shed. Some of the ideas she brought to our meeting regarding the three exterior sides included a bike leaning against the side of the shed with a basket filled with flowers, a window on both sides of the shed, each having a window box filled with zinnias, playful animal characters, an apple tree, and a vegetable garden with a scarecrow on the back panel. My client suggested I paint the plants’ roots growing in the soil of the garden. All of these ideas were incorporated into the final design and painting.
One of the things that my client wanted me to keep in mind when designing the Garden Shed Little Library was to promote a sense of “whimsy” throughout. Thus, I sketched many different concepts regarding the playful animal characters. I initially had the concept of including funny little scenes featuring the animal characters that would tell a different story on each side. However, I had to remind myself that the purpose of this project was to promote reading. I then focused on creating scenes featuring the animal characters reading/being read to on each of the three outside portions of the Little Library.
The interiors of most Little Free Libraries are not painted, nor have any sort of designs. My client presented the unique, and ultimately rewarding, challenge of designing and painting this Little Library’s interior to resemble the inside of an actual garden shed. I researched items typically found in a shed which would help a gardener care for plants and maintain the space in and around a garden.