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The Bay Area/Seattle band Indian Valley Line asked us to create custom, hand-made cover art for their limited edition debut album release.  We happily took up the cause, being big fans of the band and their music. (Click through for more…)

After several design concepts, we settled on a graphic of three suitcases.  To our ears, the band’s music is beautiful, honest, transient, simple, sweet and almost anachronistic.  We felt the image of vintage suitcases complemented and represented the sound nicely—especially considering the band described the inspiration for their name as “an imaginary railroad ‘at the end of the rainbow,’ on which you could always find a good job and ideal working conditions.”

We chose to use a recycled CD case and, using Japan’s Print Gocco, screen printed the original artwork onto kraft labels that were then applied to the cases.  We also used some found photos, slides and other objects, along with bandmember Ryan Lynch’s handwritten liner notes, to design an insert for the album.  All in all, we felt it was a handsome package for some incredible music.

ready to start.

ready to start.

applying ink to the first screen.

applying ink to the first screen.

preparing a test print.

preparing a test print.

success!

success!

first few prints of the first screen. and my assistant.

first few prints of the first screen. and my assistant.

my assistant and her own creations.

my assistant and her own creations.

one must occassionally reapply ink when printing large quantities.

one must occassionally reapply ink when printing large quantities.

in progress printing the second screen.

in progress printing the second screen.

in progress printing the third screen.

in progress printing the third screen.

finished labels drying. every flat surface in our home looked like this.

finished labels drying. every flat surface in our home office looked like this.

outside of insert.

outside of insert.

liner notes on the insert.

liner notes on the insert.