The Makioka Sisters, written by the well-know Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki (谷崎潤一郎), is a 1948 novel and has been called “the greatest cosmopolitan novel since the Meiji Restoration*. In the design of the exclusive authorized Traditional Chinese edition, the calligraphic title accompanied snowy background taken in real snow scene elegantly reveals the mood of the Japanese title. In addition, the manipulation of light/dark colors on the two volumes implies the decline of the Makiokas’ family’s wealthy life in the story.
The concept for this biographical book cover series was centered around the author’s place of origin, and features elements that directly reference those places. A papercraft technique was used to create a three dimensional landscape scene which would enforce the idea of the author’s setting and help achieve a sense of cohesiveness through out the series.
I chose to incorporate fences and other small icons to depict the author’s life and to help illustrate what kind of environment these literary legends were exposed to and how that had direct influence on some of the most famous stories in history.