Which aspects of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing did you want to convey on
the cover of the book?
I wanted to
depict a few key elements from the book: water, nature, and books. I also
liked the idea of a solitary and reflective scene.
What were the challenges of creating
a book cover using wood burning?
challenge for me was not messing up any of line work. Usually I would burn the
text on a separate piece of wood and bring it into the final image digitally,
but in this case it was important for the text to exist on the actual artwork.
I think part of the appeal of wood burning by hand is the accidental variation
in line, but I still needed it to be legible, so I had to have a very steady
What’s your creative process from
getting an idea, to making it?
have a few ideas right from the beginning; if necessary I find reference images
to help with preliminary sketches. At that point I might make a small and rough
mock-up before starting the final work. This is the same for any medium I may
be working with. If it’s a wood burning I will draw the complete image to scale
and then transfer that with graphite paper to the wood before burning.
Who taught you the art of wood
burning? What’s your background in design?
myself using a cheap hobby kit from a craft store. Later I upgraded to a wood
burning tool for serious hobbyists, with more control of temperature and line
quality. My background is in fine arts, with a focus in drawing and
What is it about this medium that you
I love the
idea that the wood and the line are intrinsically and permanently joined. I
also love the cosy smell of burning the wood.
What else is in the pipeline for you
at the moment?
currently developing window displays for a women’s fashion retailer, and
working on a few ceramic commissions.