Heaven’s Thieves

In her fifth collection of poetry, Sinclair acknowledges that nature is both “done to death” and “inexhaustible.”

At the outset, there was a concern that the word “heaven” in the title conveys a sentimentality that isn’t present in the poems, so my design challenge was to work with the concept of beauty as ragged, decaying, odd, flawed, and skewed.

The floral imagery is borrowed from W.W. Rawson & Co.’s Vegetable & Flower Seed Catalogue circa 1895.

The Toronto-based printer, Sunville Printco, did a notable job with the tricky black-on-black contrast.

Client: Brick Books
Author: Sue Sinclair 
Publication Date: Spring 2016