Vanessa & Virginia

While borrowing a book by Virginia Woolf from the LCC library to read in my spare time, I remembered Virginia’s first edition books had very nice illustrated covers. They were made by Virginia’s own sister, Vanessa Bell, who was an artist and member of the Bloomsbury group.

What I like about Vanessa’s covers is that they appear very raw, very hand-made, as if she drew the cover of each and every copy of a book, one by one.
Perhaps this comes from the style of her drawings, or the feeling that she didn’t bother making them perfect and rather embraced their imperfections.

Either way, I feel these are very interesting, unique covers, which certainly capture the atention of potential buyers. As such, I thought I’d use them as inspiration for my own designs.


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