Decorating the front cover of "Parma Violets" are four cameos all with their own take on the lyrics from the EP. I had this idea stuck in my head for a while because during that time I was very much into the meaning of textiles beyond the woven cloth.
Between the months of September and December I was also working in an embroidery studio as part of my course. An unfortunate blessing of being in an embroidery workshop is that while I was amongst what seemed to be a majority of fashion orientated people that were full force fabric manipulation, I discovered the importance that the multi needle played in my role as an illustrator.
I looked briefly at contemporary textile artists like Tilleke Schwarz and Maxine Sutton to trigger a creative stream of ideas and concepts.
When asked to present something to front the cover I was full of ideas but no direction as how to make them real. The process began by me taking elements of songs that were emotionally the loudest perceivable to the listener.
From listening to JOTB's music you can sense the intimate, soulful folk worn with an edgy vibe and I didn't want to falter from that by producing something cold and digital. I wanted to have the same sentimentality of an embroidered piece but translate that into a digital format and make textiles accessible to textile lovers as well as music lovers. Of course there are other aspects to it that make it unique like the handwritten tracklist and photograph on the inside cover.
As an artist I find negative space scary and the task to fit a band's entire image and essence of soft vocals into a 12 x 12 inch square frame was difficult. However it was a well enjoyed project and I hope to work on similar opportunities in the future.
Shelley Anne x