Barnard & Westwood Fine Printers & Bookbinders Workshop

I received this rather fancy invitation with hand calligraphy and printed on beautiful paper. This is for the Barnard & Westwood Putting Pen to Paper workshop. Lovely!!

We were taken on a guided tour of their workshop and bindery. Getting an insight into the craft and tactile world of printed stationary. This includes: bespoke event invitations, intricate calligraphy, creative papers, letterpress, gilded edges, bookbinding, foil blocking and other labor intensive handmade processes. Learning facts like: 2 years into an apprenticeship there is actually only the early stages and can take ten years to truly master the trade. And using saliva to test if the tool is heated hot enough, by seeing if it bubbles or spits back! Before placing the impression onto the book itself.

Lucky us, we got given a personalised notebook made in front of our own eyes! As well as a range of other freebies: thank you card, envelopes of sample papers, cloth bag, pencil, package of sweets. And also a happy belly full with delicious canap├ęs and champagne.


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The Two Houses in Print

Another Yorkshire based novel that I have designed! It is set in the desolate and earthy moors where secrets are being hidden. This is cleverly written with the metaphor between the unsettling atmosphere of the abandoned, crumbling, Victorian house with the cracked pottery the ceramicist creates. Gorgeous writing from a lovely author!

I really enjoyed designing this one and I’m pleased with the final product printed on uncoated stock with a double hit of spot uv. Plus black foil on grey wibalin works a treat!

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Springtime at Wildacre PB out for the Sunny Weather!

Yesssssssss!!!!! Copies of Springtime at Wildacre paperback out now in time for the sunny weather. Another gorgeous illustration by Sara Mulvanny and this cover doesn’t disappoint with piglets, ducklings, lambs, and bunnies!! Final printed product complete with shimmering pink foil, emboss and spot uv.

AND there will be a fourth book coming out in November: Snowflakes Over Moon Cottage!

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Record of a Spaceborn Few Cover Reveal

Hurray – my cover design for Record of a Spaceborn Few was revealed on Friday!! See the article from Hodderscape:

I enjoyed experimenting with an explosion of colour for this cover!

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These Dividing Walls Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award

These Dividing Walls that I designed the cover for, is shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award!! See the window display of the book at the shop below. (Photo taken from the author, Fran Cooper’s twitter.)

Link to the website here:—Jarvis-Fiction–with-a-Sense-of-Place

On their Facebook page:

More information here:

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Stylist Live

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night was being sold at the Stylist Live event this year. Looking handsome as part of the Sunday section.

Also we went to watch the catwalk and I love this sparkly outfit.

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Books on Christmas Eve

Christmas books I have designed this year under our tree. All ready for Christmas day!

And the tiniest Christmas tree ever has another book too.

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