Swoon | Jillian Tamaki

Happy Wednesday!

As long as I can remember, Jay and I have shared a mutual love for bookstores. On any given day, with a couple hours to kill, we will head over to the nearest Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million. When we travel and explore new cities, often do we find ourselves lured into the local Used Bookstore or even those charge-you-an-arm-and-a-leg-for-a-book kiosks in the airport. We love looking through magazines and looking up books on interesting topics. One of our favorite things to do, as of late, is to pick up used children’s book at thrift stores…partly for our imaginary child and partly for Jay’s third-grade classroom.

One of MY favorite things to do in bookstores is to wander aisle by aisle and look at book covers. I am OBSESSED and will freely admit, biased, when it comes to well designed book covers. I will totally and shamefully purchase a book by it’s cover alone…there are so many poorly designed books, however, that that doesn’t happen as often as you might think.

Which brings me to today’s post…I am SWOONING over these three book cover designs by Jillian Tamaki for Penguin Classics.

This one is my favorite…because of the freckles on Emma:) So beautiful! These embroidered pieces of gorgeous-ness are so stunningly brilliant…I cannot WAIT to pick these up this Fall.

Now you might be wondering…will they hand-embroider ALL of these?! Hmm…not quite…she explains on her website:

They will NOT be individual embroidered objects. They will, however, be beautifully produced, printed with a sculptural-embossing technique that will emphasize the stitches. They will be tactile objects.


I seriously can’t get over how beautiful these are! She also posted a “making of” photo on her blog that I’ll leave you with in anticipation of the awesome-ness coming to a bookstore near you, October 2011.

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