“The project came to me as an idea to illustrate the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ using William Morris’s designs,” explained Catchpole. “It was part of an ongoing collaboration between Puffin and the V&A who hold the archive of Morris’ artwork.”
“His designs themselves are quite diverse stylistically though and so one of the major challenges on this project was to create a sense of visual continuity for the inside spreads. To do this I made a limited palette of colours selected from a range of Morris’ fabrics and wallpaper designs. I then colorised his patterns into a single tone from that palette, and these were used as the beautiful backdrop for the new illustrations.”
“In the spirit of the William Morris quote - “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” - I wanted the whole book to have a beautiful, crafted feel so we bound the cover with cloth and blocked the new illustrations in gold foil."
Whether a gift for someone else or a purchase for your own festive home, few books we've seen so effortlessly capture the absolute essence of Christmas.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 257 x 185 x 11 mm
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