In early 2018, the poet Huw Evans asked me to illustrate a front cover and four title pages for Minor Monuments; an anthology of poetry.
As well as being an excellent poet, Huw had a keen interest in archaeology, particularly relating to the west coast of Wales. I was commissioned to produce a cover inspired by the burial cairns at Carneddau Hengwm, as well as illustations to introduce each chapter – a map of Ardudwy; the severed head of Brân the Blessed, a king and hero of Welsh mythology; a bed of fossilised oysters from France, and a memento mori featuring a candle, some leatherbound books and a skull.
Working with Huw and designer Chris Donald was a real pleasure. This was my first project as an illustrator, and Huw was incredibly generous with his guidance, suggestions and criticism. It has greatly benefitted my practice to be able to work to a brief and hone pieces of work, creating several drafts based on someone else’s vision.
Though Huw’s poetry greatly flatters my prints, they share a similar spirit – ancient and earthy, mythical and visceral.
Minor Monuments is available now from all reputable booksellers, including Foyles, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.