Laurel Burch was an artist who created brilliantly coloured, vibrant and moving themes with paint and paper, themes which inspired this book cover. For this Jungle Song design, Laurel Burch’s original characters, foliage and other details were adapted by a Japanese artisan to create a new watercolour painting.
Jack Kerouac stands out as the voice of the Beat Generation. His 1957 novel On the Road, setting his real-life travels against a backdrop of jazz and poetry, was formed in a series of notebooks he kept. Our Jack Kerouac cover features one of his diary entries alongside an illustration by Dominic Ferrari.
Olena Skytsiuk is one of the foremost practitioners of Ukrainian Petrykivka painting, a technique in which special brushes crafted from cat hairs create a visual effect unlike any other. In each design, like that reproduced on our Moonlight cover, thousands of small strokes combine to create colourful miniature scenes.
Virginia Woolf carved out new territory for artists, particularly women writers. She wrote with sensitivity and insight about the confusion, mystery and uncertainty of everyday life. Her 1931 novel The Waves was originally drafted in a series of seven notebooks, including the one reproduced for this cover.
Capturing the flavour of Renaissance-style bound books, our Ochre cover pays homage to the craft of delicate gold tooling. For this Old Leather design, we have incorporated a gold-on-gold design, inspired by the background colour of our Rembrandt’s 350th Anniversary journal.