Gillian Welch’s CD Cover Artwork

The new Gillian Welch CD, The Harrow & The Harvest arrived in our mailbox last week. We haven’t had a chance to sit down and listen to the whole thing straight through, but judging from what I’ve heard so far, it’s in the same league as her last album, Soul Journey, which is so simple, it’s masterful.

Anyway, the insert for the CD cover is made from a single piece of stiff fabric similar to a coffee mug coaster. The cover drawing is pressed into the fabric. It’s a miniature work of art that reminds me what it was like to listen to an album on vinyl and admire the artwork that went into the overall package. Anyone remember those days?

Here’s a video that shows how they made the cover:

And another video on how to give the cover an aged appearance:

This is not a paid-for advertisement for Gillian Welch. They probably posted these videos knowing that people like me who admire the music and the artwork would willing spread the word. So yup, that’s what I gone and done.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

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