WARP AND WEFT
Laura Veirs is a Portland-based singer-songwriter who asked me to design her latest record, Warp and Weft, which she just released on her own Raven Marching Band label. I was super excited to hear from her! I’ve been a huge Laura Veirs fan since first hearing Carbon Glacier, back in 2004.
Her music definitely has one foot in the folk tradition, so I really wanted to bring in some American folk motifs. I sent her lots of quilt-themed concepts that felt super crafty, but we both felt like the mood of this album was so much broader than that. Themes on the album shift dramatically from warm and optimistic to dark and melancholic.
One of the songs, Sadako Folding Cranes, really seemed to embody the complex tone of the album - with it’s brooding minor chords woven into it’s hopeful message heard in the chorus “This is our cry, this is our prayer.” Sadako is the true story of a Japanese a girl who was dying from radiation poisoning after the bombing of Hiroshima. Sadako was inspired by a legend to fold 1,000 origami cranes in hopes that she would be granted a wish by the gods.
I made a few paper cranes while listening to Laura’s rough mix last spring, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then, as I UNFOLDED one crane, I noticed the elaborate and beautiful design left by the creases I had made in the paper. I knew at that moment, we had to incorporate an UNFOLDED paper crane motif into the album art. The rest is history. Laura decided to include a large piece of origami paper (designed by me!) in the packaging in hopes that her fans will start folding cranes. In return, Laura will donate on their behalf to The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.