Captives on the Carousel – Album Artwork

Illustration for Sheffield based band Captives on the Carousel, aka Sarah Morrey and Ben Eckersley.

I was approached by Captives to produce an illustrative design for their album, after seeing them play live at The Green Room in Sheffield and at Peace in the Park festival.

Captives on the Carousel play folk originals on cello and guitar, telling stories of enchantment and dark goings on.

The artwork has a hand-made and organic feel to it, to compliment their folky nature. Story telling is an important part of their music, so I developed a visual narrative about captivity across the sleeve.

Their lyrics paint really vivid pictures, and often depicting something fragile and beautiful, while the cello brings a haunting, darker edge.

The final illustration was screen printed by specialist printer Vicki Johnson at Stew Print Rooms in Norwich on to beautiful earthy sleeves, which were 100% recycled.

The albums were limited edition, with only 200 available to purchase at gigs and various independent shops in Sheffield. 25 special edition albums were printed with metallic ink and included a handwritten lyric from singer Sarah.

To compliment the designs, I collected over 200 naturally abandoned feathers from various parks and bird sanctuaries and hand printed the Captives on The Carousel logo on each of them. The feathers were dotted around on tables at their album launch party at The Riverside pub in Sheffield.

Client: Captives on the Carousel
Date: April 25, 2011
Service: Illustration, Graphic Design