For my latest book, IMAGINARIUM, I considered every last little detail imaginable and the book's cover & dust jacket were no exception. It is an extension of my love for the traditional art of the book and all its considered elements - linen cover, marbled endpapers and dust cover jacket. I wanted the whole experience of picking it up, feeling its embossed cover, unfolding the dust jacket and finally immersing yourself in its pages to be a journey for the reader.
I previously shared how the makers mark that appears on the brown paper dust jacket was forged with my blacksmith, and embossed on the brown paper that encompasses the book. Taken from how we wrap parcels at The Society inc in brown paper & kraft tape, the outside evokes a sense of treasures contained within.
As you continue to unfold the dust jacket, a scenario is revealed - an homage to my love of still life and styling background, creating beautiful sets filled with objects that I have collected over the years and hold precious memories. I would like to think that readers could then hang up the unfurled dust jacket as a poster & keepsake.
The next layer to the book is revealed in the linen cover, in a shade matched to the colour Ships in the Night from my paint range with Murobond, Tales of a Sea Gypsy. It contrasts the plain brown paper dust jacket, hinting at the world of colour contained with IMAGINARIUM's pages.