I have quite an affinity for embroidery, but traditionally, embroidery isn't conducive to the "HURRY UP! HOW FAST CAN YOU DO THIS? WE NEED IT ASAP" mentality of graphic design. Boo.
This is why I gave a little squeal, bounced up and down in my desk chair and did a celebratory high kick when I saw Jillian Tamaki's embroidered covers for Penguin.
They are lush, gorgeous, mind blowingly intricate, totally hand done and absolutely make me want to reread Black Beauty (which is a feat in itself). She had two months to execute the covers, which seems like an eternity in the world of fast turnaround design, but still my eyes water with stress at the thought that she did all of this in two months. Did I mention that these are SUPREMELY detailed and varied? Dang!
Kudos to Jillian. Kudos for Penguin! These covers will be sculptural—embossed with full wraparound images and french flaps (I love french flaps). Pick up some copies in October 2011. Hug them to your chest.
Full disclosure: I have been a longtime admirer of Jillian's work. She is a freakishly talented and WHIPSMART (I sound like my grandma) illustrator and comics artist.
Right now I am devouring her Super Mutant Magic Academy. Seriously, I could read comics all day long, if allowed…the odder the better and Super Mutant Magic Academy fits the bill. I secretly want to be Susan.
Thank you Jillian!