So for the last six months I have been living in a forest with a Fox. Here is preview of what I have been doing. And this time it's not just the cover but the words, the pictures and everything else. It is due to be published on the 27th August 2015 by Penguin Books. Fox is currently in Italy having a lovely time being wet proofed for the London Book Fair. I just hope he remembers to tell them that I want orange thread to sew the pages together.
I am back at Penguin doing the day job and it's rather nice.
This special limited edition, 2 colour screen print has been hand printed onto 270 gsm, acid free, bread & butter paper. 100% of sales from this edition will go towards printing and giving out advice posters to first year students across the UK this Autumn. Available from Advice to Sink in Slowly.
It is a big moment, I am pretty sure this proof is Clothbound number 50. It will be the last clothbound for 2014. I have been released from Penguin Press for the next six months doing things non cover design. Exciting to hit the big 50 before I go.
Work in progress lots to get right before being released. These little Pocket Classics are due to be published later this year, around November.
Big news for collectors. The Madame Bovary cloth classic that was part of the first series is reprinting and is due in the shops in August this year.
‘That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It’s geometrically progressive.'
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
A while ago I drew some animals for my friends at Just trade to make into brooches, earrings and necklaces. Just Trade are incredible, they make a real difference to people in the developing world. Click here to have a look at what they
get up to.
'We work collaboratively on the design of our products with the artisans who make them. By teaching the fundamentals of design, we give the artisans that we work with the tools to take an active part in the product development process, encouraging a sense of pride and ownership in their work.'
The animals I drew were then hand made in Quito, Ecudor by Olga and her family who are part of a nationwide group of World Fair Trade Organisation producers. They are hand carved from a single tagua nut, a seed from a type of Palm that grows in South American rainforests.
This clothbound edition of The Pearl is published on the occasion of the major V&A exhibition 'Pearls' and is exclusive to the V&A shop for the duration of the show. Available from the V&A Shop.
Other new clothbounds from Penguin are:
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy – 9780141393384
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly – 9780141393391
The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer – 9780141393216
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain – 9780141199573
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe – 9780141393407
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – 9780141199610
I have been very quiet with news as I have been moving every book I own to a new place to live. But before I started the packing process Reading University came to visit and do an article on me for their Alumni magazine Connected. Oh how I miss my old bookshelves.
I am talking at Thame Arts & Literature festival on Friday the 18th October. I will be at the Thame Museum talking about the 10 books that have influenced my career and life so far. Here is a sneak peek of the books:
Penguin English Library got In Book Award for Branding in the 2013 Annual.
As you might already know, I worked with Viki Ottewill on The Penguin English Library series last year. She was a design rock star who helped me manage keep track of the 100 book covers that were scattered here, there and everywhere around the Penguin office. Well, she finally has a website and deserves a post here to promote her fab design skills. Below is her cover design and illustration for Tristram Shandy.
The Penguin English Library series has become part of The Penguin Collection which is printed and made by Easy Art. Penguin have teamed up with Easy Art and released the first twenty Penguin English Library covers as framed prints or canvases.
Lisa is the first TED staffer ever to be invited to speak on the mainstage at the TED Conference. I was really moved when I listened to her talk about her love of books.