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TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES

THE BRIEF

This is a Shillington College brief from 2018. The brief was to create a new book cover for a book of our choice, using handmade artwork. I chose Tess of the D'Urbervilles because I was always frustrated by the overtly sexualised, bland covers chosen for such a dark and powerful novel.

MOODBOARDS

Tess's disillusionment and disconnect to her identity is shown through the floating typography and broken up alignment. I also looked at design where there was a strong use of contrast and printmaking techniques

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PROCESS​

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THE OUTCOME​

This book covers many complex themes, from sexual violence, misogyny, religion and class, and it felt important to show Tess's desperate attempts to navigate this impossible journey through her society. 

I used lino cut because it is a very physical action that I felt was appropriate to represent Tess's anger and her physical burdens. The use of gold leaf shows her purity of spirit and naivety. It is traced through a maze with no exit or clear path. 

Tess's disillusionment and disconnect to her identity is shown through the floating typography and broken up alignment.