Awards Book Archive

Spice of Life
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Trisha Garner
Best Designed Independent Book
Real Film and Publishing

About the Designer

Trisha Garner has been a book designer for nearly two decades. She designs predominantly non-fiction and illustrated books, including cookbooks and memoirs, for a wide range of publishers from her studio in Collingwood, Melbourne. Trisha began her career as a graphic designer working in various studios before specialising in book design. She is also a sessional tutor at RMIT.

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Design Rationale

As a girl, Syahisti would hold the wax burner and marvel at the unique butterflies, flowers and dragonflies depicted in her grandmotherís batiks. By extracting each element and printing on to linen in full colour, our clientís dream of wrapping her hardcover memoir in this heirloom batik has been fulfilled. The same visual motifs appear throughout the book and provide texture that enhances her incredible life story. Gold metallic endpapers house the internal pages (printed on off-white uncoated stock) that are filled with archival photos from Syahistiís childhood in Java. The effect is that of a timeless treasure.

180 x 240 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Linen hard cover, metallic gold endpapers, uncoated off-white stock
Internal Design
Trisha Garner
Trisha Garner
Syahisti Abdurrachman