I was so happy when Juniper books decided to add their first subscription box, curated by Elizabeth Lane. They asked me to illustrate 3 jackets. The spines feature a vista from a vintage postcard. The covers feature hand-lettered title treatments and collages that speak to the sense of fracture and undoing that holds the center in each story. For the collage elements, I used sheet music that I found in my dad’s office when he passed away. I saved it, hoping I’d be able to use it for something, someday. It was marked up with pen and aged with time so I found it perfect for Trust Exercise. I also used a page from a play I read in high school and never returned the book to my AP English teacher. Sorry about that Mr. Nolan but you can see it went to good use here. I also found the perfect vintage postcard from Maine (for the spine and The Guest Book) and a vintage map to use for collage elements on Disappearing Earth. The color palette feels representative of summer to me.
Just as memories are often grounded in setting, the thread that links these three novels is a strong sense of place, whether it is a family island in Maine, a remote peninsula in Far East Russia, or the stage of a 1980s drama school.
This collection was lovingly handpicked/curated by my friend/ @quarterlane’s Elizabeth Lane and wrapped in limited edition jacket designs that are exclusive to subscribers. I art directed the shoot here as well with @christineshoots photographing and @martha_bernabe prop styling.
The collection includes:
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips