September 2015 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Penguin By Hand

Penguin is a book publisher that always seems to be innovating with its packaging and design (e.g. Penguin Drop Caps, Little Black Classics, re-designed Penguin Classics by Coralie Bickford-Smith). Now Penguin is trying its hand at "craft-inspired jackets." They've taken six novels and allowed six artists to re-imagine the cover art in different media. The artwork was then reproduced as paperback cover art. The results are amazing.

getimage-3.jpgFor The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, artist Jenny Hart embroidered the entire design by hand. Read more about it here

getimage-1.jpgFor The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank, designer Genevieve Dionne chose the art of wood burning to create her cover. Read more about it here.  

getimage-2.jpgFor The Help by Kathryn Stockett, designer Brenda Riddle created her book jacket first in a quilt. Read more about it here.

The Penguin By Hand series also includes Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club, showing a cut paper and collage-inspired cover; Kim Edwards' The Memory-Keeper's Daughter featuring a design created by "tactile typography"; and Elif Shafak's The Forty Rules of Love, displaying a needlepoint design.