Over the last 24 hours I spotted a few shots of these gorgeous, tactile book covers shared on social media. The Penguin By Hand editions match six of their most popular novels with various hand-craft techniques including; crochet, paper art, etching and quilting. To reproduce the touchable feel of each artwork, the covers have been heavily embossed using metal plates, like this one:
The embossing plate for the The Help cover.
The series features: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (cover by Emma Ruth Hughes); The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks (cover by Genevieve Dionne); The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (cover by Helen Musselwhite); The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (cover by Jenny Hart); The Help by Kathryn Stockett (cover by Brenda Riddle); and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (cover by Dominique Falla).
All were commissioned by the in-house team at Penguin, the first four by Gill Heeley then last two by Alison O’Toole, who kindly supplied the photographs shown.
Dominique Falla’s string and nails cover, in progress.
They were art directed by John Hamilton, with cover photography by Andy Johnson. Penguin by Hand launches on September 17. Each edition is £10. penguin.co.uk