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V&A: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages / Published: 03/11/2016
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'On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...'

Christmas-themed books can disappoint: all promise and no delivery. Not so the V&A Twelve Days of Christmas, a gorgeous soliloquy of design around the Arts and Crafts heritage of William Morris. 
Drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s vast archive, the the V&A Twelve Days of Christmas carefully transposes elements from the work of this giant of English design to create a book that is entirely unique. The brainchild of designer Liz Catchpole, the volume is a synthesis of natural forms and the soul of festive spirit.


“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.”



“I was, of course, delighted to get the opportunity to work with such wonderful, iconic material but it soon became clear I’d need to introduce newly created illustrations over the Morris patterns to depict the subjects mentioned in the song, in order to make the book work.”


Preparatory sketch

“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
ISBN: 9780141374086
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 257 x 185 x 11 mm

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“A beautifully illustrated version of the traditional Christmas song”

Sometimes a book comes along that is so stunning in design that the only logical response is to stroke the cover upon first laying eyes upon it. The Twelve Days of Christmas, using intricate patterns from the Victoria... More

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