To celebrate 40 years of Virago changing the literary landscape by championing women’s voices, I was commissioned to design 13 full cover pattern designs to feature on deluxe paperbacks.The brief was to create vibrant repeat patterns for the covers that could frame a strict diamond-shaped grid.
I used this opportunity to be playful with the format, experiment with different pattern compositions and indulge in fashion, art, film and vintage pattern references from the era of the books
– from studying baroque cutlery and jewellery detail for Nora Ephron’s Heartburn or a nod to art nouveau to illustrate decaying Victoriana in 1960s London for the cover of The Magic Toyshop.Commissioned for:
Virago by Art Director Hannah Wood (Little Brown Book Group)
I am a London based illustrator, born in the UK and of Korean descent. I studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London, where I received my BA Honors in 2002. My work is a detailed and hypnotic exploration into mathematical, abstract patterns and typographic illusions which have encompassed ad campaigns, editorial illustrations as well as graphics for fashion prints and embroideries.