Shanna Compton


Cover concept for Natalie Eilbert's Conversation with the Stone Wife

I posted Joe Brainard's remarks below because I've been reading him as I work on a cover design based on one of his. I can't show it yet, but it's been a lot of fun researching his methods, finding photographs of the mimeograph book, looking up the original materials and dimensions, and working backward from these details about how he made the piece we're mimicking. I need to track down a few more bits of info, to make sure we get it just right.

Just trust that'll all make sense when you see it. I'll post it in the next week or two, as soon as the author and I are both happy with it.

I've also been working on a new chapbook for Bloof—Natalie Eilbert's Conversation with the Stone Wife. 

Natalie Eilbert's Conversation with the Stone Wife

Here's the description of the design from the Bloof site:
The "artifact" design concept is inspired by the same figurine as the poems themselves. Like the Woman of Villendorf, each book has been colored by hand, rubbed with natural earth pigments—red ochre and yellow ochre, plus river valley soils dug in Bloof's native NJ. The title plate appliqué is inspired by a museum display, printed in archival ink. The interiors are laser-printed on natural white acid-free, archival-quality paper. Handsewn in natural twine.
You can read more about Natalie's chapbook here.

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