TagYerit's 4th CD is named after one of our pet bunnies Shimmer. But we needed a quality closeup photograph so we used our bunny Meranda as a stand in, since her fur shimmered in the light for this portrait. The back cover includes a child's rocker from the mid 1900s that's appropriately named "Bunny Rocker" and we thought, "Hey that's us!" And of course, there's the photo of the rabbit guitar which Flo plays on all of the tunes. Yes, it's a real guitar! (Notice a theme here?)
For TagYerit's 3rd recording project, we decided to manufacture on demand. The CDs were pressed and we designed the cover to print on standard 11"x17" cardstock. We wanted to eliminate as much plastic as we could and keep waste to a minimum. This time, we designed the CD cover ourselves, using the skills we learned from the talented artist and graphic designers who helped us on our first projects.
Here's the layout as it appeared on 11" x 17" cardstock. The reverse side not shown, has the lyrics in black & white. We also had business cards and postcards placed where you see the white space to minimize the waste. Trying to be ecologically minded is not as easy as it sounds. None of the local copy shops were able to find quality recycled card stock on 11"x17" size.
The hand which looks 3 dimensional in this picture is adapted from a drawing done by MC Escher, though we've replaced his gazing globe with one of the amazing blown glass "planets" of Josh Simpson
The 2 front flaps
But here's what you see when the gate's closed
This gate is a photoshopped version of a wrought iron gate - at an estate in Powerscourt - in the Wicklow Mounains just south of Dublin Ireland
Pictured on the inside is Hampton Court hedge maze near London - a half mile long maze planted around 1700
Christin's challenge was to create a world within the mouth of our gargoyle; a construction site from another time and place. Due to her understanding of our natures, she was able to capture the essence of a dream that Flo and I might have had.
Carvings by Flo Newman
Artwork and Illustrations for "Heavy Construction" CD & "Tubeman" CD by Christin Couture
Guitar Photo by Stephen H. Schmidt
Lettering & Graphic Design by Kathy Morrissey-Morini
Additional Graphic Design and help from Lyssa Peters at Southwoods Printing
All other artwork by Rich & Flo Newman. We've used Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks and other 3rd party graphics software. Basically, anything we can get our hands on at the moment of need.
Sources of original photographs used in collages are unknown.
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