Thursday, June 9, 2011

Inspiration: classic book covers in stitches

Penguin Classics commissioned American artist Jillian Tamaki to recreate three of their classic book covers. Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and Emma have had a makeover and been beautifully hand embroidered by Jillian. I can only imagine how many hours went into each sketch and stitch. Jillian tells us on her blog that the jackets will be embossed when printed, to give a lovely tactile feel. I haven't read any of these books, but will be ordering one of each when they are released in October, for their covers alone!

I love this one of Jillian hunched over her work. I can just imagine the finger cramps and blurry eyes that come with not being able to put your project down. Just 10 more minutes!

Crystal x

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