Book design for a very special, personal project.
Since she retired, my mum has established an incredibly inspiring, consistent writing practice. She only shares her work with family, friends, and her writer’s group, so my brother John and I are lucky to receive each story via email as she completes it. During the COVID-19 pandemic, my mum shifted to writing vignettes, and my brother suggested binding them into a book as a family keepsake. I drew some Manitoba wildflowers, ran a few cover options past everyone, and then set to work laying out the interior pages.
Like so many families, our family couldn’t be together in person during the pandemic (my parents and my brother’s family all live in my hometown, Winnipeg), so this collaboration from afar felt a bit like a family reunion.
A note on the flowers
For anyone curious about the botanical side of things, here are the featured prairie wildflowers:
- Canada Blueberry, Vaccinium myrtilloides
- Yellow Wood Sorrel, Oxalis corniculata var. atropurpurea
- Lindley’s Aster, Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindl.)
- Prairie Crocus, Anemone patens
- Scentless Chamomile, Matricaria maritima
- Night-Flowering Catchfly, Silene noctiflora
- Saskatoon, Amelanchier alnifolio
- Seneca Root, Polygala senega
- Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia
- Bluebur, Lappula echinata Gilib.
- Nuttall’s Yellow Violet, Viola nuttallii Pursh
- Wild Sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis L.
- Bladder Campion, Silene vulgaris
- Smooth Camas, Zigadenus elegans Pursh