Thursday, 31 March 2011

Birch Book

Back in 2009 Paris based label 7eme Ciel set out its stall with it's first release for cult English group And Also The Trees. The aim of the label was to work along side the musicians to create a series of special releases. As a music fan myself I can't tell you how many times I have been let down by poor quality sleeves, badly pressed vinyl and graphic ideas that went no further than a photo of the artist(s) with their name written in whatever was the font of the day, so as a graphic designer I was thrilled to be involved.

The labels first release sold out in a matter of months after it went on sale and now I have just finished designing the next release which features an Oregeon based muscian called B'ee recording under the name of Birch Book. Like the previous release it will be on 10" heavy vinyl, housed in a gate-fold sleeve and accompanied by an embroidered patch, two ltd edition prints and a version of the release on CD. Here are a few snaps of how it is looking, I'll post more when the final version is in hand and talk about the ideas behind the illustrations.

Gate-fold interior mock-up, 1 colour print on greyboard
Fox illustration in full for the ltd. edition print

Tree ring illustration for the CD on body and the ltd. edition print
Embroidered patch

Embroidered patch, detail
This is how the last release for 7eme Ciel looked you can see more shots over on their website

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