ONE ILLUSTRATOR. ONE TOOL SHED. OVER 100,000 ITEMS TO DRAW AND CATALOGUE.
Handel Jones passed away in 1994 and his wife Myrtle has treated his toolshed as a mausoleum ever since. It has remained relatively untouched and Lee began drawing its contents in 2013. He is in the process of creating an illustrated inventory of the entire contents and works to this set of rules:
1. If the item can be picked up and doesn’t crumble if rubbed - draw it.
2. If the packet/container is/has been opened, empty it, draw items, replace them, draw container full.
3. If the packet/container has not been opened, it will not be, and drawn as found.
4. If there are multiples of the same items - draw them all.
To date he has illustrated over 6,500 items and estimates the total over 100,000.
Over the past 12 months the popularity of the project has exceeded Lee's expectations. It has been featured on numerous creative and lifestyle blogs, appeared on the national news and has been commissioned to be an adult colouring book with Laurence King Publishers. A partly illustrated journal will also be available at the end of September 2016.