My day started with the very sad news that my longest-standing client passed away at the weekend.
I’ve been working with Hannah for ten years - since 2005 - and today was the first time I’ve received an email about a client’s death. You don’t expect it - I thought the email was announcing that she’d finally come back to work after being off for a while - and it came as a shock. To be quite honest, I’ve struggled to pull myself together all day.
The last thing I said to her was that I had lost count of how many covers I’d done for the company, and said I really must gather them up and make a poster. I said too that since she always had to chase me when I was busy, I sometimes didn’t know why she came back to me so often! She said something very kind in return, and went off on her maternity leave.
So this afternoon despite having a zillion things to do, I put together that big poster of all those covers, and I’m only sorry I didn’t get round to it while Hannah was here, to share how many deadlines I almost didn’t make (and sometimes didn’t!) and all the lovely, varied covers I did with Hannah and her team over the years.
The Family Project published by Faber + Faber, and my first fully-illustrated book. It’s a sort of journal that a family can use to record themselves, their quirks, history, features. memories…but in a really funny and visually engaging way. It was a LOT of fun to do.
Can’t wait to blog about this over the next couple of days!