Explanation of work
My redesign of Murakami's Norwegian Wood focuses on the characters’ desire for understanding pain through letter writing. I looked to create something that reﬂects both the author's story and the way in which he writes it. By creating a detailed and sympathetic response to the brief, I wanted to create the same sense of symbolic possibility Murakami uses to construct his narrative.
Each stamp is a representation of the main characters and I have appropriated the traditional Japanese style using the symbols, metaphors and allegories that have been weaved throughout the book.
‘I love the letter-writing allegory, it stands out from the other solutions. It’s a great way to express the relationship without showing figures or romantic symbolism. Discovering Reiko and Midori’s names on the stamps and realizing that each stamp resembles the characters was a great surprise that took the cover storytelling to the next level’ Noma Bar – Guest Judge
‘I loved this design from the first time I saw it. There are many layers of beauty and meaning. A worthy winner’ Jason Smith – Art Director, Cornerstone
‘Bethany’s design stood out, as a beautiful object, straight away. The concept illustrated the narrative of the novel in a way that reveals itself on each view’ Richard Ogle – Art Director, Transworld
‘Bethany’s cover does that great thing of not only being a fantastic cover at first glance but also revealing more and more the longer you look. Book covers obviously have a part to play in making you buy a book in the first place, but if they can also be something you refer to as you’re reading, they become much more than just a marketing ploy’ Jamie Keenan – Guest Judge
‘Refreshingly different approach to the current very graphic Vintage designs. Has a Japanese feel, with great attention to detail. Beautifully portrays the emotional relationship in the book through letter-writing’ Suzanne Dean – Art Director, Vintage