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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

8.12.2010

For This Year's List

 [Image via Amazon UK.]

Janet Blyberg scores again. The master researcher knows about my fascination with book cover design as well as Eastern aesthetics, so she just tipped me off to Coralie Bickford-Smith's latest series of Eastern-inspired covers for Penguin. I think these are going to be on a lot of holiday wishlists -- at least the lists of our friends in the U.K. I'm not certain when the books will be available in the U.S.  Follow the links in the captions to learn more about the tales Penguin chose. (Doesn't the Ramayana cover, above, make you think a little of Lisa Fine's Chiara?)

[Image via Penguin.]

[Image via Penguin.]

[Image via Penguin.]

And while I'm thinking about lists, if you're one of those rare types who gets organized way in advance and you're contemplating a milestone present for parents, grandparents, or any special friend, don't forget Annechovie's house portraits.


Anne Harwell, the talented artist behind Annechovie, handpainted my blog logo and, as I've said before, she is a dream to work with. Director Nancy Meyer selected Anne's work for the set of It's Complicated and designer Laura Casey has commissioned a painting from her too.  I think it's especially nice when siblings can go in together and commission something for their parents -- makes the project more budget-friendly and meaningful. Visit Anne's Etsy shop to learn more.


Related past posts: Full Circle and Fonts Instead of Faces.

[Image via Fenwick Books.] 

BTW: I receive no financial compensation or free services in exchange for mentioning Anne Harwell here, or from the sale of her work.

8 comments:

the polished pebble said...

The book covers are really beautiful!

~kelley

Roni Jaco said...

These are beautiful. The figures on the Ramayana cover almost look like Indonesian shadow puppets.

Janet said...

Amazon.uk will ship to the States...I am thinking we may have to go in on a group box! They are certainly on my Christmas list...

quintessence said...

These book jackets are lovely. I was an art director for almost 20 years at a book publisher and i think it would have been hard to get these past the powers that be because they are so understated (of course one of the reasons they are so nice). Here jackets are really used as marketing tools.

quintessence said...

These book jackets are lovely. I was an art director for almost 20 years at a book publisher and i think it would have been hard to get these past the powers that be because they are so understated (of course one of the reasons they are so nice). Here jackets are really used as marketing tools.

Style Court said...

Quintessence -- Yes! That's a favorite topic of mine. Thanks for your insights.

Style Court said...

Polished Pebble --

Happy you like them too!

Roni -- I see what you mean.

Janet -- That's a good idea!

Pigtown-Design said...

I just found an old Penguin book on Interior Design yesterday and everything about it is so understated. And trust JCB to find something like this. She's amazing.