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The Floating Cosmos.

The Floating Cosmos.

I did a series of inside book illustrations for the Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter. This is an illustration for the story of The Bloody Chamber . I wanted to design a castle full of chambers and compartments for the story of the Bloody chamber. I wanted to make it look like a giant maze and mind puzzle that his future wife would be lost in. The signs and symbols are all based on being trapped and captured inside this castle with no escape.
The other two illustrations are also images for The bloody Chamber and other Stories. The woodland house is an illustration for the Erl king. The house is set in the woods, surrounded by nature and birds. I wanted the illustration to look innocent and deceiving much like the Erl King. The other illustration of 'Moon birds' is also for the Erl King. It's a diagram and drawing of all the women he has turned into birds. I wanted to depict the birds captured in woodland cages, and diagramed like scientific objects/ collected taxidermy to dehumanise the women.

Kat Frank illustration
Kat Frank illustation
Kat Frank illustration